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Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:59:27 AM »
I went to my local Pro Shop a while ago and picked up a Hy-road Nano. At first, the bowling ball had great hook potential and drove through the pins nicely. Currently, I am at about 100 games on the ball and I am having a hard time getting the ball to move anywhere near where it used to. What should I do? Get a resurface, or an oil extraction or both? How do I know when I need one or the other?

 

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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 01:02:17 PM »
You're overdue for a surface refreshing by about 90 games. You are overdue for an oil extraction by about 50 games.

YOu need to learn to take of the investment yo made in a new ball. Ask the pro shop for a good ball cleaner. Clean it thoroughly after EVERY use; it takes maybe 60 seconds.

Dull balls will have their surface changed after 6 games. Whatever the outer surface grit is needs to be refreshed manually after every 6 - 12 games (maximum). Buy a fresh Abralon or Siaair pad, dampen it with water and go over the ball by hand for 45 -60 seconds. Wipe it clean with a damp paper towel and then a dry one. Another 1-2 minutes lost from your life. Big deal. Use the pad for 3 - 6 times, then spend another dollar or two to buy a new one. They wear out  with use.

Every 30 - 45 games have the pro shop for a total resurfacing from scratch.

Do some similar process and most ball's will lose so little for most people that you may not even be able t tell the difference.

Other balls will die no matter what you do. Such is life.
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 01:30:05 PM »
Jeff, I have another way of maintaining bowling balls.  I have been struggling for the last year and a half with my average dropping 15 to 20 pins.  I have tried different balls,  different lay outs, different surfaces and quite simply I have not had any real good luck and/or success.  I finally decided to take my really old Lane Masters Black Pearl out of the TIME OUT CLOSET yesterday and shot a really nice 257,256,209 for a 722.  I know this is not earth shattering news but for a 76 year old man, I kicked some butt and I actually feel that I may still be able to bowl decently again.

All of you bowlers who are struggling think about that TIME OUT CLOSET!

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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 02:13:47 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Nano cover particle?
Charlest is right.  The first thing I would do would be to put that ball on the haus or spinner and put some tread back on that coverstock. 
A trip to the detox/reviver ball oven may also be a good idea. 
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 03:18:06 PM »
Jeff, I have another way of maintaining bowling balls.  I have been struggling for the last year and a half with my average dropping 15 to 20 pins.  I have tried different balls,  different lay outs, different surfaces and quite simply I have not had any real good luck and/or success.  I finally decided to take my really old Lane Masters Black Pearl out of the TIME OUT CLOSET yesterday and shot a really nice 257,256,209 for a 722.  I know this is not earth shattering news but for a 76 year old man, I kicked some butt and I actually feel that I may still be able to bowl decently again.

All of you bowlers who are struggling think about that TIME OUT CLOSET!

Congrats!!
But then the Black Pearl should never have been just sitting there all alone in the dark. :) Most of those original LM balls, you can't kill them with  stick.
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 03:50:56 PM »
Having a nano ball myself, you really need to bleed the oil out, whether it be a dishwasher or air based rejuvenator. Then, you need to keep the surface touched up. My marvel S is at 3000, I dont know what the hyroad nano is supposed to be factory wise, but just doing a good surface touch up and oil extraction will make a massive difference to you, I can assure you that.

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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 10:31:06 AM »
ive been having a similar issue with my gamebreaker 3 pearl. whats the best DIY method for cleaned/resurfacing a hybrid pearl stock cover?

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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2019, 03:46:24 PM »
ive been having a similar issue with my gamebreaker 3 pearl. whats the best DIY method for cleaned/resurfacing a hybrid pearl stock cover?

You can scuff up a ball by hand pretty easily with scotch brites (paint section at Home Depot is your friend) but polishing by hand is blister city  Find a buddy with a spinner and buy him a beer.  I guess there are DIY spinner solutions on Youtube but have no experience with those.
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 06:19:03 PM »
ive been having a similar issue with my gamebreaker 3 pearl. whats the best DIY method for cleaned/resurfacing a hybrid pearl stock cover?

You can wet sand it down by hand with 3M black wet dry 180. Then soak it in hot water and see if anything comes out. Some balls absorb oil and some dont. You might see a thick layer of either oil, or yellow, white stuff that loaded up in the cover. Pull the ball out and remove the film and soak again.

Then wet sand it with 1000 by hand till most of the course lines are gone, hit it lightly with 2000 wet for a few seconds on each side.

This will remove the worn or compressed surface and expose fresh surface. Then get some good ball clleaner and clean it when done.

How hot? I use hot water from the tap and put the ball in, wait 5 mins and add boiling hot water from the tea kettle and stir. Hot is when you can put your fingers in for 10 secs.

 You can use an additive like degreaser in very small amounts, 5ml or a liquid soap like Tide.

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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2019, 04:05:25 AM »
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Nano cover particle?
Charlest is right.  The first thing I would do would be to put that ball on the haus or spinner and put some tread back on that coverstock. 
A trip to the detox/reviver ball oven may also be a good idea.

Itís a solid reactive coverstock.
Btw, whatís the difference between solid reactive and reactive coverstock?
Solid = dull or thereís an additive in it?
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2019, 05:20:24 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Nano cover particle?
Charlest is right.  The first thing I would do would be to put that ball on the haus or spinner and put some tread back on that coverstock. 
A trip to the detox/reviver ball oven may also be a good idea.

Itís a solid reactive coverstock.
Btw, whatís the difference between solid reactive and reactive coverstock?
Solid = dull or thereís an additive in it?

Reactive is a urethane coverstock that has been modified to be more sensitive to friction and the lack of it. 

Solid refers to a plain coverstock (urethane or reactive), whereas Pearl infers that a mica type additive has been added to increase length and the name came by the fact that it looks like a pearl surface.  Hybrid is some combination of solid and pearl, whether it is 50/50 or some other fraction, does not necessarily mean it is equal parts solid/pearl.

Additional comments or corrections welcome.

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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2019, 06:33:19 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Nano cover particle?
Charlest is right.  The first thing I would do would be to put that ball on the haus or spinner and put some tread back on that coverstock. 
A trip to the detox/reviver ball oven may also be a good idea.

Itís a solid reactive coverstock.
Btw, whatís the difference between solid reactive and reactive coverstock?
Solid = dull or thereís an additive in it?

I would just add surface finish has nothing to do with if its a solid or pearl.  Plenty of polished solids being sold and if anything majority of my pearls are fairly dull as scuffed them up with scotch brites.
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2019, 08:42:18 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Nano cover particle?
Charlest is right.  The first thing I would do would be to put that ball on the haus or spinner and put some tread back on that coverstock. 
A trip to the detox/reviver ball oven may also be a good idea.

Itís a solid reactive coverstock.
Btw, whatís the difference between solid reactive and reactive coverstock?
Solid = dull or thereís an additive in it?

Reactive is a urethane coverstock that has been modified to be more sensitive to friction and the lack of it. 

Solid refers to a plain coverstock (urethane or reactive), whereas Pearl infers that a mica type additive has been added to increase length and the name came by the fact that it looks like a pearl surface.  Hybrid is some combination of solid and pearl, whether it is 50/50 or some other fraction, does not necessarily mean it is equal parts solid/pearl.

Additional comments or corrections welcome.



I thought Hybrid was a combination of any two different coverstocks, not just pearl and solid. But I could be wrong.
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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2019, 09:23:09 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the Nano cover particle?
Charlest is right.  The first thing I would do would be to put that ball on the haus or spinner and put some tread back on that coverstock. 
A trip to the detox/reviver ball oven may also be a good idea.

Itís a solid reactive coverstock.
Btw, whatís the difference between solid reactive and reactive coverstock?
Solid = dull or thereís an additive in it?

Reactive is a urethane coverstock that has been modified to be more sensitive to friction and the lack of it. 

Solid refers to a plain coverstock (urethane or reactive), whereas Pearl infers that a mica type additive has been added to increase length and the name came by the fact that it looks like a pearl surface.  Hybrid is some combination of solid and pearl, whether it is 50/50 or some other fraction, does not necessarily mean it is equal parts solid/pearl.

Additional comments or corrections welcome.



I thought Hybrid was a combination of any two different coverstocks, not just pearl and solid. But I could be wrong.

Milo, interesting.  Never thought of that combination.  That may be true on some balls.

I thought when I had examined some hybrids of mine, that at least one color was solid and at least one other color was pearlized.  Don't have any bowling balls with me to examine.

I just looked up the Katana Slash online which was the last hybrid I bought and it states:
Color: Dark Red Pearl/Light Red Solid, so at least it is true for this ball.
https://www.ballreviews.com/radical-155/katana-slash-315983/



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Re: Bringing a Bowling Ball Back to Life
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2019, 09:27:35 PM »
I looked up another hybrid, the Radical Grease Monkey Whack which was one of those with a 2:1 hybrid ratio:

Color: Red Pearl/Turquoise Pearl/Purple Solid
In this case, two colors are pearl and one solid, so 2/3 pearl.
https://www.ballreviews.com/radical-155/grease-monkey-whack/

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