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 Post subject: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:51 pm 

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Location: Manitowoc, WI
I was talking to a pro shop worker and he said that soaking your ball in hot water would remove the oil and grime inside.
Has anybody tried this before, how did it work?


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:33 pm 

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Heat is one way to extract oil from the ball, using hot water is a method employed by many. I know Phil Kaiser has a technique he uses and may be able to elaborate on.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:17 pm 

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Thanks for the intro Justin. I do hot water soaks after roughly every 20 games. Just use straight, hot tap water, NO SOAP!! Let the ball soak for about 10 min. before removing. Once you take it out dry it with paper towel. Follow this up with wiping it with a alcohol soaked paper towel. You should notice quite a bit of dirt on the towel after wiping. Repeat process until you see no more dirt after wiping with alcohol. The ball should be nice and tacky again after cleaning. I have done this on balls and had them last into the many hundreds of games. Be aware though that some balls do give up the pigment from their shell. Just make sure its actually dirt your still removing if the towel looks dirty after wiping. You should be able to tell the difference though.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:19 pm 

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Thanks, I plan on trying it out, I'll let you know how it goes.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:38 pm 

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Hey soaking in hot water workes great. I do it with all my motiv balls, and haven't had any issue. My TX1 started to struggle on the backends a while ago, even worse on some carry down. The first thing I did when I got home was soak it. It was unreal how much oil came out, but I did use it for about 100 games. I touched up the cover with 4000 git, and the next time out it was back to "out of box proformance". Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:16 pm 

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What about baking your ball? I have done that before with a few of my older balls and that has given back some strength into my balls, have you tried that before?


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:51 pm 

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Don't under any circumstances place a bowling ball in an oven.

Take it to a shop for a ride in the Revivor or Rejuvenator.

Especially with modern balls, you will crack one sooner or later. Sure it may take a couple tries but it will inevitably happen. The heat involved is too hot and direct.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:11 pm 

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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:14 pm 

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JustinWi wrote:
Microfiber cloth after every shot, PG Clean after every set.

A good coating of PG Scuff overnight once every couple of weeks is a good idea as well. The only difficulty here is that a shiny ball doesn't always like to be scuffed.



From the other thread...

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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 Post subject: Re: Has anybody ever soaked their ball in hot water?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:26 am 

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JustinWi wrote:
Don't under any circumstances place a bowling ball in an oven.

Take it to a shop for a ride in the Revivor or Rejuvenator.

Especially with modern balls, you will crack one sooner or later. Sure it may take a couple tries but it will inevitably happen. The heat involved is too hot and direct.

No no no, I work at a bowling alley and we have a ball baker there, it takes about 2 hours and it brings the ball up to like 127 degrees fahrenheit ( or somewhere around that).


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