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#80886 - 02/20/09 09:21 AM Using Compounds
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Has anyone used the Storm Pro Finish Compound System? It has three steps, each taking the ball up a few notches in terms of surface

Step 1: 220 to 800 grit
Step 2: 320 to 1500 grit
Step 3: 1500 to 2500 grit

Would these be used instead or in conjunction with abralon to get to the desired surface?

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#80936 - 02/20/09 12:52 PM Re: Using Compounds [Re: tomgriffin]
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I have a few bowlers that I use this system on and they are happy with the results. I haven't been advised on how other people do it or how Storm recommends using this system, but I use them in conjunction with regular sanding to a point. Unless asked otherwise, I usually won't sand higher than about 500 grit when I finish with Step 1 or Step 2, and 1000 grit for Step 3. I believe since they have grit in the finishing compounds that sanding to a fine grit like 2000 and then using Step 1 or Step 2 would just take it back to a rougher grit, so why waste the time or the abralon pad? I may be wrong on this since I don't know how others with more experience are doing it, but this method has worked pretty well for the few people I use these finishes on.
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#80958 - 02/20/09 03:55 PM Re: Using Compounds [Re: TenPin_]
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Part of the reason these are used is that Storm recommends having the deeper grooves of the 500 grit left in the ball for traction, and the edges or corners of the grooves rounded off with the compound. I have had my ball resurfaced to a 1500 grit finish, then polished, and it is not the same as the factory finish of 500 grit -> step 2 (1500 grit) compound.

I am considering buying a quart of the compound as none of the pro shops here have it, and thus are unable to truly restore a ball to Storm's factory finish.
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