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1VegasBowler

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For the past few months I have been using Power House ball cleaner during league play (USBC approved anytime) and it does a pretty darn good job for getting the oil off of the ball and making it tacky.

Yesterday a friend of mine who manages a pro shop here in Vegas was going to pick up a bottle of That Purple Stuff for me and forgot..lol

Anyhow, he gave me a bottle of Max-Tack as a gift and will still get That Purple Stuff.

He suggested the Max-Tack because it's almost as good as That Purple Stuff, and I decided to try it before I do my 9 Tap Tour today.

I used the Power House first and did a decent job of getting the dirt off. But when I used the Max-Tack it took even more off!

Though I have watched a video of That Purple Stuff from Lane Side Reviews, I can only imagine how good it really is.

I no longer use a dry microfiber towel to clean my ball after each shot. I make sure that my towel always has plenty of cleaner on it at all times, especially if you can use these things as an anytime cleaner.

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Purple stuff isn't any better than any of the rest. They just have good promotion video...and a WAY too high price.
My friend and I compared my purple stuff to his homemade mix of Windex, SimpleGreen, and rubbing alcohol. We crossed together for 6 games of qualifying, and his micro fiber pad was much more dirty than mine, and we used them in exactly the same way. His mix is exponentially less expensive than the purple waste of money.
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Purple stuff isn't any better than any of the rest. They just have good promotion video...and a WAY too high price. My friend and I compared my purple stuff to his homemade mix of Windex, SimpleGreen, and rubbing alcohol. We crossed together for 6 games of qualifying, and his micro fiber pad was much more dirty than mine, and we used them in exactly the same way. His mix is exponentially less expensive than the purple waste of money.


+1 on the Windex/alcohol/Simple Green solution.  I don't clean my gear during league play, but always when I get home...the homemade mix works perfectly.  These ball cleaners are nothing more than basic degreasers made out of commodity chemicals available at any grocery store...make your own at home and save a boatload of cash.


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Purple stuff isn't any better than any of the rest. They just have good promotion video...and a WAY too high price. My friend and I compared my purple stuff to his homemade mix of Windex, SimpleGreen, and rubbing alcohol. We crossed together for 6 games of qualifying, and his micro fiber pad was much more dirty than mine, and we used them in exactly the same way. His mix is exponentially less expensive than the purple waste of money.


I certainly won't doubt what you say when you say you and your friend have made a homemade mix for a ball cleaner because I have never tried that, and with all of the concoctions you see plastered all over the internet, that is one I don't recall seeing. Not saying it isn't, I just don't remember seeing it.

As far as a promotion video, I have not seen the self promoting video. I watched a 2 part video on YouTube from Lane Side Reviews.

As far as cost goes, most of the cleaners I have dealt with are usually around $12 for 5oz. I'm getting That Purple Stuff for $15 for 8oz., so the cost factor is relatively the same (.06 difference).

The big difference is the homemade stuff is about $30 cheaper when you get to the 1 gallon mark.

Since the usage of either/or when getting to the 1 gallon stage takes a while (depending on how much is used), the cost becomes minimal.


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Ok, Ive been using 50% Simple Green- 50% water.   What percentages should I use for   Simple Green-Windex-Rubbing Alcohol?   No acetone?
Anyone know what is in that Scuff or Skuff stuff by Storm?

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3 parts Windex, 3 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part SimpleGreen.
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3 parts Windex, 3 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part SimpleGreen.



no water?


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I don't use any water
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If I was planning on using it during play each frame (it is legal) I might go heavier on the alcohol. You need the ball to dry really quick...like 2-4 seconds quick.
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Yeah, the only little problem with the homemade recipe is, it is not legal for use during USBC competition.  Use it during a USBC sanctioned league or tournament and you can be disqualified or have your scores thrown out.  That means if your ball comes back with pinsetter belt grime on it, you're stuck.   You can't clean it off with that stuff during competition.

Personally, I stick with USBC-approved stuff.  And I'm especially intrigued with That Purple Stuff.  It's all the rage back in Texas among the folks I know there who bowl.  It hasn't reached us here in Atlanta yet.  But I may get some and then I might start spreading the gospel here.  I've heard nothing but rave reviews about it from everyone I know who's used it.

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It is legal. All three ingredients are on the USBC 'approved for anytime' list.
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Yeah, the only little problem with the homemade recipe is, it is not legal for use during USBC competition.  Use it during a USBC sanctioned league or tournament and you can be disqualified or have your scores thrown out.  That means if your ball comes back with pinsetter belt grime on it, you're stuck.   You can't clean it off with that stuff during competition.

Personally, I stick with USBC-approved stuff.  And I'm especially intrigued with That Purple Stuff.  It's all the rage back in Texas among the folks I know there who bowl.  It hasn't reached us here in Atlanta yet.  But I may get some and then I might start spreading the gospel here.  I've heard nothing but rave reviews about it from everyone I know who's used it.



As far as I can tell, South Point is the only one that is able to keep it in stock right now. Otherwise it's flying off the shelves here in Vegas.

As soon as I get mine and use it, I will let you know how good it is.


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What about urethane ball cleaner or leave as dull?
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Paul...I don't know much about maintaining urethane balls...I'm sure 'themrfreeze' will help you out.

If you guys are anxious to get some snake oil...um, I mean That Purple Stuff, it is, and always has been, readily available online. Their website, bowler's mart, e-bay...probably some others. There's no magical hard-to-synthesize ingredients in the stuff that would make it hard for the maker to keep up with demand. The microfiber rag that comes with the crap, if you choose to also bite on that, looks like, and is, a flimsy little pad...they can't be slow in making those.

I don't bowl in a real popular bowling area...just Detroit, and I don't bowl a lot, or with real good bowlers...just 3 leagues a week, plus subbing in others, and 1 or 2 tournaments a month...with a touring pro as a teammate, and a dozen PBA bowlers and hall-of-famers, so any input from me should probably be disregarded, but the only person I've ever seen around here using the purple stuff is me, and i have a half bottle of the junk sitting around my basement somewhere...
Seriously...I have to think that a lot of bowlers that like/use/pay for it are just seeing that the towel they use has dirt/grime on it when they're done bowling. TPS is marketed to be used every frame during bowling, which is something few people are in the habit of doing.  Using any cleaner in this manner will produce a dirty towel after bowling. How dirty the towel becomes depends on how dirty the lanes are, not which stuff is squirted on the towel. I used the stuff one night on what I guess must have been clean lanes because my towel had almost no grime on it when I was done. I'd judge the effectiveness of a cleaner more by what the ball looks like, than what the freakin' towel looks like. The purple, compared to the half-dozen other cleaners I've tried, is mediocre. It's OK, but there is nothing there to come anywhere near justifying the cost.
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oh...sorry for sounding flippant, but it annoys me when incorrect assumptions are stated as fact, especially when it's so easy to actually check what is legal and what isn't.

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

oh...look at page 6. Isopropyl alcohol, Windex, Simple Green. Imagine that...

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