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#90042 - 04/29/09 05:44 PM Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish
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Hey guys,
I am wondering how often do you all have your bowling balls resurfaced and polished(if it was polished) vs just having it cleaned and polished professionally?

Out here i can get it cleaned and polished for $5, but a resurface and polish is about $35 at one shop and $45 at the other.

My wifes ebonite maxim is four months old and has about 130 games on it and has dulled quite a bit.

My Swarm is newer, only about two months old and has about 80 games on it.

What do you all recommend. I was considered refinishing because i have these hair line scratches all over the ball that one of the returns caused, no affect on the roll or anything but look bad. One place told me they will come out. The other said you will still see them a bit.

Anyhow what do you all recommend. Should i pay $35-45 for my wifes ebonite maxim(plastic) to be refinished or just cleaned and polished?
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#90044 - 04/29/09 06:08 PM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: evilash71]
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Since it's a Maxim, being that it's a plastic ball, I'd say just have it cleaned & polished. It won't absorb conditioning oil like a reactive ball.


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#90076 - 04/30/09 02:30 AM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: gohuskies]
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I second the just polish it, especially since it's just a plastic ball. Your swarm could go either way, very shallow scratches should come out for the most part, though I wouldn't say they would completely disappear until after seeing it resurfaced (in other words, I almost never tell a customer that I can get them all out completely). If they don't affect the performance of the ball and you haven't seen a loss of performance, you could probably just have a light sanding done then polish it.

EDIT: According to brunswick the Swarm is 400-grit wet sanded then Brunswick's Factory Finish "High Gloss Polish" is applied. 400 grit is pretty low, you can remove a fair amount of surface with that grit so it would be like doing a full resurface even if you just used that one grit (I usually start at 360, then go to 500). A lot of balls have higher grit surfaces than that before polish is applied.
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#90099 - 04/30/09 10:01 AM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: TenPin_]
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Maxim you can just put into the Luster King. Cost you $2.
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#90138 - 04/30/09 04:21 PM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: General Pounder]
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Will this basically
"renew" the ball back to almost OTB finish?
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#90139 - 04/30/09 04:24 PM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: evilash71]
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Ok, how can i get my Swarm back to OTB reaction. Maybe not right now but in about a month it'll have quite a few games on it. What do you recommend i do, and with what polish, pads etc. I have never done this so i would need some good direction. Do i clean, then sand, then polish or how do i do it?
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#90143 - 04/30/09 04:59 PM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: evilash71]
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Unless you have a spinner, take the Swarm to a Pro Shop.
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#90158 - 04/30/09 07:22 PM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: ]
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Got it thanks. THought about buying a spinner actually. But ill do Pro Shop first. Thanks
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#90317 - 05/02/09 09:16 AM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: General Pounder]
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Maxim you can just put into the Luster King. Cost you $2.


Do you have to add polish to the ball prior to doing this to get that OTB finish? Never used the luster king.
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#90318 - 05/02/09 10:04 AM Re: Clean and polish vs Resurface and polish [Re: evilash71]
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The Luster King adds a layer of wax, which is like polish, to the surface of the ball that plugs up the pores. So no you don't nee to add polish to the ball before putting it in there. I wouldn't recommend putting any reactive equipment in it though, as the wax even with sanding can be difficult to get out of the pores. It can even damage a ball since many aren't properly maintained.
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