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02-28-2011, 08:48 AM

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When I was practicing regularly, I felt that cleaning the balls by hand and cleaning the table were important parts of the "ritual." I still clean balls by hand occasionally using Aramith ball polish. It might take 5 minutes for a whole set. Lightly rub the polish on all 16 balls and then rub it off starting with the driest. I use a microfiber cloth.
Same here. The rack also needs to be cleaned when you clean the balls - it's usually the just as or even dirtier that the cloth or the balls. I have made a video about polishing balls, and in this video I say - "You shouldn't put clean balls in a dirty rack." I haven't posted this video (it's actually part of my 14.1 DVD) I've spent months trying to find a way to re-phrase that... my son says I should leave it the way it is... I just might do that!



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02-28-2011, 09:13 AM

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"You shouldn't put clean balls in a dirty rack." I haven't posted this video (it's actually part of my 14.1 DVD) I've spent months trying to find a way to re-phrase that... my son says I should leave it the way it is... I just might do that!

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02-28-2011, 09:23 AM

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Leave it in tact, and get'er done already...if this is what is truelly holding you up, move on and strart the authoring process !!!!

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The hold-up is that the computer that the video is stored on is D-E-A-D. We're working on retrieving the info. Steve, FWIW, you really shouldn't put clean balls in a dirty rack.


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03-01-2011, 11:05 AM

Ok so off topic of ball cleaners/buffers/chemicals; if you have a coin-op table say, like a one piece slate Valley, what about the subway gulleys? I've seen them get really grimmey. but this looks like a nightmare to get into and clean. Any tips on that?
  
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03-03-2011, 10:54 AM

Anyone have any coin-op cleaning tips for these?
  
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03-03-2011, 12:24 PM

Heres my cleaner...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...STRK:MESELX:IT

and I use Novus or Brillianize plascics cleaner......both a great! and non-toxic!


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03-03-2011, 12:58 PM

I've been cleaning my set by hand using the Aramith ball cleaner on a paper towel... and then polishing them with a microfiber cloth when the polish has dried. I do this about every week or so.

But last night I took my set to a buddy's house and he cleaned them in a prototype high-end ball cleaner that he had just finished building. It did a professional job. He told me that he had about $200 worth of materials in it. All the balls looked like new even though they are 3 years old.

I'm buying one from him.
  
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03-10-2011, 02:28 PM

Ok, I made a bucket polisher using a 5-gallon bucket and a 10" orbital buffer. Lots of videos of these on youtube and they seem to work great.

I found a used set of Aramith Premier balls that I am super excited to have found. They are very yellow. I know that higher end pool balls are not truely white, but how do I clean yellowed billiard balls? Will my newly made polisher do the job?

I've read online that I can use my dishwasher. Is this really a good idea?

I also heard two other ways; using toothpaste to restore the white, and using baking soda and water. Would these harm the balls?

Does anyone know a safe way other them buying Aramith's products that I could use? If I buy Aramith, I gotta wait till it shows up as I have no stores nearby that sell it.

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03-11-2011, 09:14 AM

Does anyone have any ideas?
  
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03-11-2011, 10:33 AM

sorry, im one of the ones with a 500.00 machine and i use a couple of light mist sprays of Brillianteze. My balls stay polished, and still look the same from day one



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03-11-2011, 02:59 PM

lol no, talking about polishing your "balls" never sounds right, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do lol. Anyway, if anyone has any info on washing them let me know.
  
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03-11-2011, 04:46 PM

I tried the dishwasher idea for whitening the balls. I won't do it again. This did not whiten them at all. It didn't seem to clean them either. The cue ball still has some chalk scuff marks. I may break down in a few weeks and buy some Aramith cleaner. But for now; does anyone have some ideas?
  
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03-11-2011, 05:59 PM

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I tried the dishwasher idea for whitening the balls. I won't do it again. This did not whiten them at all. It didn't seem to clean them either. The cue ball still has some chalk scuff marks. I may break down in a few weeks and buy some Aramith cleaner. But for now; does anyone have some ideas?
Use Aramith Billiard Ball restorer. This is not the same as Aramith Billiard Ball Cleaner. It is meant for cleaning really dirty and yellowed balls. Here's a link to a reputable seller.. http://www.ozonebilliards.com/arbibare.html

In the meantime, if you have a mild automotive rubbing compound (preferably clear coat safe) try using that and it should help quite a bit.

Finish them off with Brillianize and you should be good to go.

Never wash pool balls in the dishwasher, dishwasher detergent will pit and yellow the balls. Hot water only makes it worse.


  
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03-11-2011, 07:20 PM

Thanks! I just wish I had that advice earlier. It didn't seem to harm them, but I will not be washing them that way again. Will it cause any long term damage from the wash I did today?

I think I will try the products you recommended and them go for the Aramith when I can.
  
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03-11-2011, 08:21 PM

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But you do them 1 at a time? How do you get the cleaner on them?
The way I do it quickly is to use a spray cleaner like Brillianize, Plexus, or Novus 1. When I'm done playing I lightly spritz each ball, wipe off with a microfiber towel and put in the ball storage tray.

I used to use the Aramith cleaner but it just took too long to apply the stuff on each ball with my finger. Plus it was sort of a sit down in front of the TV type project, I couldn't just do them as I was putting the balls away after play.


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