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Resurfacing Your Bowling Ball

Supplies Needed for Resurfacing

  • Bowling ball spinner
  • Abralon Pads - 180, 360, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000
  • Water (use a spray bottle if spinner does not have water supply)
  • Storm Step 1, 2, 3 and Reacta Shine

Procedure for Proper Resurfacing:

  • Place the ball in the spinner with the pin up.
  • Sand the ball starting with 180 grit Abralon. Sand the ball for a specific amount of time (example 30 seconds). Time is important so the ball can be sanded evenly from side to side. Turn the ball 180 degrees and sand the ball for the same amount of time. Turn the ball 90 degrees and sand the ball for the same amount of time and then turn the ball 180 degrees and sand the ball for the same amount of time.
  • Turn the ball back to the pin up position and repeat Step 2 with 360 grit Abralon. Sanding the ball smoother than 360 grit Abralon will eliminate the use of Storm Step 1 (except for urethane balls). The smoother the ball is sanded, the more the ball will skid through the oil and the stronger the ball will react in the dry.
  • Apply a small amount of Storm Reacta Clean to remove excess oil from the pores of the coverstock. Rotate the ball 180 degrees and repeat cleaning.
  • Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to achieve desired finish. Do not skip any Abralon grits on your way to desired finish.

* Keep a spray bottle of water handy and spray the ball surface to keep the ball surface from drying up too quickly.

Maintenance Techniques for Particle Coverstocks:

We (Storm Products) notice, as with reactive urethane, that particle coverstocks require a regular maintenance schedule to keep that "like-new" performance.Your most important product to maintain this surface is Scotch-Brite.

It's easy to work with, inexpensive and the most important tool for maintaining particle technology. Scotch-Brite is available in three different colors to signify different grits:

  • Burgundy - This is the roughest and most course. It equates to approximately 320 grit sandpaper.
  • Green - This is the medium textured pad. It will produce a 600 grit finish.
  • Gray - This is the smoothest and finest grit pad. It will adjust the surface to an 800-1,000 grit finish.

There are a few different colors such as Black, Tan and White. The only three we will need are listed above. For polished particle coverstocks, be sure to finish the ball using Storm Xtra Step 2 finishing compound.

Why Scotch-Brite Over Sandpaper?

The reason is simple. The flexible nature and thick backing of the Scotch-Brite produces a finish which allows for more particle exposure than sandpaper will give us. The sandpaper will actually knock some of the particles out of the shell material, while the Scotch-Brite removes more of the shell material around each particle. The minerals in the fiber of the Scotch-Brite dig deeper into the ball's surface producing more bite on the lane. That's the difference.

Recommend Resurfacing Procedure:

  • Sand the entire ball with 180 grit Abralon.
  • Next use a 360 grit Abralon to remove the previous lines.
  • Use a Green Scotch-Brite pad to finish the surface.

This procedure will give you a finish identical to that from the factory.

If You Are Looking For More Hook:

  • Follow Step 1 as above.
  • Apply Burgundy Scotch-Brite to finish the ball or Abralon 500 grit.

If You Are Looking For More Control:

  • Follow Step 1 and 2 in the recommended resufacing procedure.
  • Sand the ball with 500 grit Abralon.
  • Finish smoothing the ball with a 1000 and 2000 Abralon pad

Need Some Compound/Polish to Create More Length?

Go ahead and use Storm Xtra 1 to smooth the surface even further. You can work up to a smoother polish with Step 2, Step 3 and Xtra Shine as well. Each successive step will produce a smoother finish yielding more length and control.