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I just bought one of the PYB units and put a surface on all four of the balls I use regularly.  I had finally looked up the RG and Dif on three of them and found I had unknowingly gotten each of them with nearly identical specs.  To see how they work with different surfaces I did one in 500, one in 1,000 and the last in 2,000 grit.  I plan to record their performance and then change the surfaces again and compare how they (I) did with them.

I get bored quickly just getting up and rolling the ball, so I thought I would liven things up a little by playing around with them.  With two of my team mates scoring poorly, the odds of us winning are slim, so I might as well do something entertaining.

Anyone else have a 17 minute attention span?

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I throw urethane almost exclusively so I have a rather wide variety of surfaces on my various equipment to help differentiate them.  Even bought a ball spinner some years ago to make the process easy.  At least for where I'm bowling having surface is a good thing.

What I've found with resin though is that the surface simply doesn't last...the coverstocks are too soft and the surface quickly disappears.  Same was true for some of the newer urethane equipment I had in the past but the surface holds up well on the vintage stuff I have. 

I'm kinda tempted to pick up one of the new black Hammers...wonder how the surface holds up on those since they're as close to "real" urethane as they can make it these days.

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 I have some surface prep pads and have done some minor changes in the past, but like you I find the surface you put on doesn't last.  With the arthritis in my hands, especially now that the dreaded season is here, I spent the money and got the portable ball sander/polisher from PYB.  It seems to do a good job if I use my other hand to slow the ball down.  I'll find out tomorrow in my weekly practice session how it worked.
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I used CTD sanding pads, CTD purple stuff and CTD spray at home. I used correct grids on either the bowling balls. 500 grid used on spare ball and older balls.

Here is the information of CTD Bowling: https://www.ctdbowling.com/

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You can buy the same CTD pads at abralon.net. They are not a CTD exclusive as they pretend to be.


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There is also a running joke that you can buy the purple stuff at your neighborhood store. Its called fabuloso. LOL, I don't know if its true or not but they smell similar.
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Most ball cleaning fluids are essentially water and alcohol mixed with some degreasing agent. You can mix you own if you want, using either Simple Green or that orange stuff (don't know which brand) as the degreaser. Sorry, but I do not know the correct proportions.

These are not to be confused with liquids containing abrasive particles.
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The mixture I use to clean my equipment is:

2 parts Windex
2 parts rubbing alcohol
1 part Simple Green

It works really well and costs next to nothing to make.

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Windex is clean windows in home and simple green never heard of it.

http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/equipandspecs/pdfs/Non_approved_cleaner_polish.pdf

This things can’t use in leagues or the tournaments

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Windex is clean windows in home and simple green never heard of it.
 


Simple Green is an all-purpose biodegradable cleaner degreaser that's typically diluted with water before using.  Tremendously useful for a wide variety of cleaning jobs.  You can get it for $10/gallon at Home Depot. 


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Windex is clean windows in home and simple green never heard of it.

http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/equipandspecs/pdfs/Non_approved_cleaner_polish.pdf

This things can’t use in leagues or the tournaments


Technically Windex and simple green are both on the approved for anytime use as you can see here on the approved list.

http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/equipandspecs/pdfs/Approved_cleaner_polish.pdf

But since the new rule change which says you can only use a dry towel during league or tournaments. Then no you cant use them during league or tournaments, unless you get permission from a offical.


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Technically Windex and simple green are both on the approved for anytime use as you can see here on the approved list.

http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/equipandspecs/pdfs/Approved_cleaner_polish.pdf

But since the new rule change which says you can only use a dry towel during league or tournaments. Then no you cant use them during league or tournaments, unless you get permission from a offical.



Technically speaking, once you use the towel, it is no longer dry.  But hey, why question what the USBC does.

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Technically Windex and simple green are both on the approved for anytime use as you can see here on the approved list.



But the *combination* of Windex and Simple Green isn't on the list.  I was one told that if I wanted to pay the USBC something like $100 they would put my "formula" on their list of approved ball cleaners.  I honestly couldn't care less as I clean my gear before I show up at the center and have no need to wet clean while bowling.


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