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#131973 - 07/19/10 07:42 PM Resurfacing your bowling ball at home
Smooth Lefty Offline
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This video shows the tool used to do your own resurfacing. Is this okay? When do you use wet surfacing and dry surfacing?
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#131976 - 07/19/10 07:56 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: Smooth Lefty]
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This product has been brought up on this site before. I as well as many others don't think it's a good thing. It's too hard to control something like that on a drill and do an even job with it. You should use wet sanding anytime you are sanding the ball using a spinner. The friction creates a lot of heat plus it helps keep the dust down.
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#131981 - 07/19/10 08:16 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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He also uses the product with his hand, like scuff surfacing I believe. So in other words let the Pro Shop do it, or use a spinner?
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#131984 - 07/19/10 08:38 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: Smooth Lefty]
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Yup.
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#131992 - 07/19/10 11:25 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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I've done some sanding by hand. I'm curious if the circular motion that I use, and that drill attachment produces, is counter productive. It can't create the cross-hatched pattern of unidirectional sanding. How important is the direction and pattern of the sanding?

One thing I do know: Polishing by hand is no where near as good--as far as shine goes--as polishing on a spinner.

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#131993 - 07/19/10 11:30 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: aoiten]
shepdave Offline
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A spinner is the best gift I've received since bowling. My wife gave me one for Father's Day. I proceeded to resurface a couple of her bowling balls back to OOB. (And mine, too.)

A couple hundred bucks--a very good investment. With a spinner, resurfacing is really not hard to do.
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#131995 - 07/19/10 11:40 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: shepdave]
jwill Offline
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Aww sheesh you got me wanting to get a spinner even more now. frown I guess I should save my $$$ for a spinner, rather than a new ball for the league season. I have a feeling that with a ball spinner, I will be able to get the maximum potential and best look out of my current arsenal. Therefore eliminating my need for any new equipment. Also, it sounds like it would be a good investment, because it would eventually pay for itself.

Sidenote: I'm looking at the IBP Personal Ball Spinner 1/3 hp with FREE surface kit on http://www.shop.innovativeballspinner.com for $199.95. Does anyone know how well their products are? It is the cheapest I've seen thus far.


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#131996 - 07/19/10 11:46 PM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: jwill]
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Innovative is very good. I have the 1/2 HP model; I'm sure the 1/3 HP model will do the job very nicely. If you bowl a lot, it most certainly will pay for itself in a couple years. My local pro shops (Washington, DC area) charge about $40 for a resurface. Five of those and the spinner is paid for.

If you can afford it, I don't think you'll regret it at all. Incidentally, Innovative has some good instructional videos on their website showing how resurfacing should be done.
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#132000 - 07/20/10 02:59 AM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: shepdave]
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Well looks like I will get a spinner! Time to save up.
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#132022 - 07/20/10 10:27 AM Re: Resurfacing your bowling ball at home [Re: Smooth Lefty]
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I think you are better off with a spinner. Although you gotta hand it to the guy for being creative and all..I think the motion of the pad being circular is not beneficial at all. Sanding should be done on all four sides but in one direction at a time,..not directional and circular at the same time.

This product would be ok for polishing I guess, but I would sand with a spinner. Just my two cents..
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