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#126280 - 04/24/10 11:25 AM Reactive Resin vs. Reactive Urethane...What???
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Is there a difference between a reactive resin coverstock and a reactive urethane coverstock?

I often hear “reactive urethane” as the term used to describe the coverstock of some of the earlier reactive balls from the mid to late 90’s.

I’ve always understood that reactive resin is just a urethane base with resin particles added. (not to be confused with a particle coverstock which has ceramic and glass particles added along with the resin) Wouldn’t this essentially make reactive resin and reactive urethane the same type of coverstock?

I’m completely confused. Is this merely a case of semantics? Or…is there a physical difference (even a subtle one) between reactive resin and reactive urethane?
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#126283 - 04/24/10 12:10 PM Re: Reactive Resin vs. Reactive Urethane...What??? [Re: Badam]
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My understanding (which included a phone call to Motiv asking this exact question) is that they are pretty much the same. As you said, reactive balls start with a urethane base and have various chemicals added to give them grip, oil absorption properties, etc.

The only thing I have thought that could explain the difference in terminology is that it is a difference in the makeup of those "reactive" chemicals. Just like we call one ball a solid, another a pearl, and another a particle, looking at each of those from a chemical standpoint they each have different chemicals added to give them different properties, but in the end we call them all reactive balls.


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#126286 - 04/24/10 12:41 PM Re: Reactive Resin vs. Reactive Urethane...What??? [Re: TenPin_]
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Thanks, TenPin for some clarification.

The reason I ask is I returned to bowling just a year ago following a lengthy absence. I bowled most of this past season with my old urethane Hammers, but recently decided to make the jump to reactive resin with the purchase of my Raw Hammer Jacked. I’m enjoying my Jacked, but still getting accustomed to the difference in reaction between urethane and resin.

Being a fan of the old Faball Hammers, I also have an undrilled Hammer Nova (one of the early reactives) that has been sitting in the closet for awhile. I’m not sure if I’ll ever drill it, but if I do…do I care for it differently than a reactive resin?
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#126287 - 04/24/10 12:53 PM Re: Reactive Resin vs. Reactive Urethane...What??? [Re: Badam]
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Not really. I would still clean it off after every session it was used. The older reactives don't soak up oil the same way as the new technology but it's still better to keep that routine.
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