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How to resurface bowling ball


To recurface your bowling ball you need:

- Different grits of sandpaper or reusable padded sanding discs. You can find them here: Sanding pads
- Water and a bowl for the water, big enough for your hand to wet the reusable sanding pads, so you can rinse them off to reuse.
- A spray bottle to squirt water onto the ball. A helpful tip: Put a squirt of liquid dishwashing soap into the water. It will help hold the water onto the ball.
- Towels and polishing pads if you will polish your bowling ball surface.
- Assorted polishes to accommodate different ball surfaces and lane conditions.
- Bowling ball spinner or home ball resurfacing kit like SMarT BMS. 

Please note: The high technology bowling balls made today have weight blocks within them that are made of  different densities and multiply pieces. And are designed in very extreme and un-balanced shapes. This will cause the spinner to vibrate and move as you spin the bowling balls. And the motion will vary depending on what side you are sanding because of the position of the weight block.
 

RESURFACING BOWLING BALL

- Have your bowl or small bucket of water nearby to wet your sandpaper or padded sanding discs.  Wet sanding  is preferred, as it keeps the dust down and the heat down from the friction of sanding.
- If the ball track has very deep scratches, start with 360 grit sandpaper or padded sanding disc. It will get most of the heavy track and scratches sanded down. If the track is not too deep, starting with the 500 grit is suggested.
- With each grit you use, remember to sand the six sides of the bowling ball to keep your ball symmetrical. The top ball designers and ball drillers from the major manufactures recommend this procedure.

Wet your sandpaper or padded sanding disc. Remember! Keep your fingers away from the ball. As your fingers could get caught into the thumb, finger, or weight holes as the ball spins. Use the palm of your hand to put pressure against the ball.
Slowly move your hand down toward the side of the ball near the cup rim and then back to the top. Repeat this several times for approximately 5 to 10 seconds. Spend the same amount of time you sand on each side of the bowling ball. This will vary upon what is needed to get the job done and what is comfortable for you. The friction of sanding can get very hot! Spray water onto the ball as you are sanding to keep it lubricated and cool. Wipe down the ball with a towel. Check how the surface looks after it dries, as it will show better when the ball is dry.
 

Continue sand the ball completely, turning the ball to other sides, with the same grit. Continue the same procedure with other grits. Stop at the grit you want on the ball surface. Remember! Sand all 6 sides of the ball with each grit you use.
After sanding or resurfacing, clean out the finger holes, thumbhole, and weight hole.
  

POLISH BOWLING BALL

- First clean off any surface oil or grime off the ball. Use products that are formulated to clean off grime and lane oil.
- Use your polishing pads or a towel. Pour the cleaning product on the pad or towel and rub on the surface of the ball.
- Hold the pad against the ball; remember to keep your fingers safe.
- Remember to cover the ball completely; you must cover the six sides of the bowling ball.
- Select the type of polish you want on the surface. Pour onto the polishing pad or towel.Rub onto the surface of the ball. Hold onto polishing pad firmly against the ball with the palm of your hand.

Keep fingers away from the surface of the ball. Remember! Keep your fingers away from the ball. As your fingers could get caught into the thumb, finger, or  weight holes as the ball spins. Using the same technique as sanding, start with upper side of the bowling ball and move slowly down the side to the rim of the ball cup. Keep moving slowly down and up the side of the ball until you start to see the polish work in and dry. At this point, you can start to ease up on the pressure against the ball. This will buff the polish on the ball. Continue polishing the ball completely, turning the ball to all sides. After cleaning or polishing, clean out the finger holes, thumbhole, and weight hole. 

 


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