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 Post subject: Purple Power to clean or rejuvenate ball?
 Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:46 pm Post Number: #1 Post
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I recently tried Purple Power, a $6 per gallon degreaser purchased at Walmart or Home Depot, to experiment with on a few old balls. I sanded a Rotogrip Unhinged and a Rotogrip Shout (both oil soaked and ready for the dumpster) with 200 grit paper, then let them soak in a bucket of full strength Purple Power for 24 hours. I let it dry for a day, then refinished with 600, 2000, and polished on a spinner. The Shout, a solid, reacts like it did when it was brand new. The Unhinged, a pearl, worked fine for 5 frames, then ended up in the dumpster.

Has anyone else tried Purple Power? I also use it to clean older balls after each session. Soaking a ball discolors it slightly giving it a chalky look, sanding brings the color back. Purple Power is also hard on the hands, wearing gloves recommended.


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 Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:43 am Post Number: #2 Post
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I've got some in the garage, but I think it's probably too much for most coverstocks, as shown with that pearl. I'd probably try it, but not soaking full strength. Any reason for soaking like that after a session, especially with old equipment? Is it urethane equipment, or just older reactive?

The only "real" non-bowling specific chemical I've used to clean is Simple Green, which was reduced down a bit. I'm steaming oil out at home, or using a hairdryer if needed on the road, with simple Big B (Brunswick) cleaner afterwards.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:34 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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I soaked a few older balls in Purple Power for 24 hours to see if I could rejuvenate them cheaply. Some pro shops around here would use a similar technique soaking the ball overnight in a gel of some sort rather than baking the oil out. The Purple Power overnight soak worked great with one ball, a Rotogrip Scream (hybrid), did not work at all with a Rotogrip Unhinged (pearl). I also use Purple Power to clean my older balls after each session using a spinner. Seems to work as well as the $30/quart stuff that I purchase. I have some Simple Green, but haven't tried it on a ball yet (worked great on my vinyl siding). I've had balls professionally rejuvenated and they last about 5 games before they are back to being completely degraded again. Just looking for cheaper options and wondering if anyone has tried anything that works.


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 Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:57 pm Post Number: #4 Post
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Yeah, the rejuvenation seem to vary on effectiveness and how long they last, depending on the ball. My Hammers (Raw Toxic, Phobia, Arson Low Flare don't seem to react much to baking or steaming, but my Brunswick Edge/Edge pearl really take well to baking. The only "Cleaner" I seem to have much luck with seems to be Storm ReactaClean, and that's just for quick wipes at the lanes. It's probably a situation where the ball manufacturers really don't want us to have excellent success, because that would slow sales of both cleaners- and new equipment.

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