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#157399 - 10/30/11 10:06 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: champ]
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I have also tried a few different homemade mixes
Im using clean and dull now, I use it on the spinnner at a low setting, works great.

Not much I havent been able to remove, even some nasty goo from the curtains
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#157409 - 10/31/11 11:03 AM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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I'm wondering if the companies are saying NOT to use products like Simple Green or 409 for the simple fact that they want you to buy their higher priced products?

A $4.00 bottle of Simple Green and $1.00 bottle of rubbing alcohol mixed together can go alot further than a small $7.00 bottle of Reacta Clean from your local Pro Shop! lol

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#157414 - 10/31/11 11:33 AM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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Originally Posted By: redsoxfan
I'm wondering if the companies are saying NOT to use products like Simple Green or 409 for the simple fact that they want you to buy their higher priced products?



It's hard to say for sure without experimentation but it's more than possible that some of the cleaner solvents could soften the cover of your ball.

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#157432 - 10/31/11 04:39 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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I use a 50/50 water to simple green just on a microfiber cloth. Been doing that for over a year now and have not had any issues at all. Works well and takes everything off.
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#157433 - 10/31/11 05:08 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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Some people say 4 to 1 where did you get 50 50 from


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#157434 - 10/31/11 05:20 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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I got that from another bowler that has been using that for a long time.
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#157439 - 10/31/11 06:38 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: TominNJ]
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Originally Posted By: TominNJ
Originally Posted By: redsoxfan
I'm wondering if the companies are saying NOT to use products like Simple Green or 409 for the simple fact that they want you to buy their higher priced products?



It's hard to say for sure without experimentation but it's more than possible that some of the cleaner solvents could soften the cover of your ball.



If it's on the USBC approved list I doubt it's softening the cover stock. The USBC prohibits the use of any chemical that actually changes the hardness of a coverstock. That's why acetone is on the not allowed at any time list. When plastic was the big hooker, someone found out you could soak it in acetone, which softens the cover and made the ball hook more.
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#157462 - 11/01/11 07:55 AM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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I've been using a mix of one part Simple Green diluted with one part of water mixed with one part of rubbing alcohol. It's worked very well for me, along with hot water baths, my equipment reacts very well.

Originally Posted By: Calvin Pistorio
When plastic was the big hooker, someone found out you could soak it in acetone, which softens the cover and made the ball hook more.


Some went way further than that. I think I posted this link from a Sports Illustrated article a few years back, but I think it is worth posing again.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1087795/1/index.htm

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#157477 - 11/01/11 01:15 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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wow MEK is NASTY stuff. . .
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#157493 - 11/01/11 04:34 PM Re: Any ideas for making your own ball cleaner? [Re: redsoxfan]
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Simple Green straight for me. Alcohol alone does not do much more than water except evaporate faster, so I don't see any advantage in mixing it with Simple Green. And, Simple Green is affordable enough that it does not seem worth diluting it.

What is Simple Green? It is a degreaser. It is approved by the USBC unlike other commercial cleaners. It is an inexpensive alternative to bowling ball cleaner.

Why don't ball manufacturers recommend it? Simple...green, i.e., they don't make any money from selling it. But, if you feel better supporting them and your local Pro Shop, by all means...
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