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Would putting my pool balls in an Ultrasonic cleaner be a horrible idea? - 12-19-2019, 09:22 PM

Just curious, I purchased a large industrial one a few months back for motorcycle parts and it seems to clean anything I drop into it with ease but I do know if something is too soft it can pretty much destroy it.

Or should I just buy some cleaning product?
  
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12-19-2019, 09:36 PM

Try one ball, for 30 seconds then check it out. I would use the cue ball.

I have cleaned a lot of jewelry with one and many pieces were more delicate than a pool ball.
  
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12-19-2019, 09:39 PM

If I had one I'd try it.

Disclaimer: I'm not that smart.
  
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12-20-2019, 04:27 AM

I suspect it will be fine. Likely not so dirty that ultrasonic cleaning will do more than wiping. And won’t be able to apply any finish/polish to the ball.

Try it out and report back. I’m sure others would be I interested in this.

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12-20-2019, 04:48 AM

A little hesitant to try it on my new aramith set, I'm going to try and pick up some old yellowed beaters next time a cheap set pops up on craigslist unless someone wants to donate an old set to science. regardless I'll update with the results!
  
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12-20-2019, 05:30 AM

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A little hesitant to try it on my new aramith set, I'm going to try and pick up some old yellowed beaters next time a cheap set pops up on craigslist unless someone wants to donate an old set to science. regardless I'll update with the results!
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A little hesitant to try it on my new aramith set, I'm going to try and pick up some old yellowed beaters next time a cheap set pops up on craigslist unless someone wants to donate an old set to science. regardless I'll update with the results!
Potential re-write to get more interest: ďanyone want me to clean their balls in the name of science? My place or yours.Ē Bwahahahaha

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12-20-2019, 09:16 AM

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A little hesitant to try it on my new aramith set, I'm going to try and pick up some old yellowed beaters next time a cheap set pops up on craigslist unless someone wants to donate an old set to science. regardless I'll update with the results!
Will one of those thing clean the underside of a frying pan? If so start a business cleaning them! If you were within 30 miles, i'd bring some to you!
  
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Don't Do It. - 12-20-2019, 09:53 AM

I think it's a terrible idea. Immersing billiard balls has ruined sets; search this forum for examples. Second, they will damage each other where they touch while in there. Finally, it's completely unnecessary, there are better ways to clean them.
  
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12-20-2019, 09:59 AM

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I think it's a terrible idea. Immersing billiard balls has ruined sets; search this forum for examples. Second, they will damage each other where they touch while in there. Finally, it's completely unnecessary, there are better ways to clean them.
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Potential re-write to get more interest: ďanyone want me to clean their balls in the name of science? My place or yours.Ē Bwahahahaha

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I think it's a terrible idea. Immersing billiard balls has ruined sets; search this forum for examples. Second, they will damage each other where they touch while in there. Finally, it's completely unnecessary, there are better ways to clean them.
I searched. Didnít find anything saying donít immerse balls. In fact, found a few resources saying to soak them 5 minutes or more. Can you point to something that says donít do it? Itís virtually a non-porous object so water should do nothing.

Also, what damage could contacting balls have. That is literally their function. All they do is contact each other - every rack. Every shot.

Finally, I donít think the OP was suggesting this is the best way. Just that he thought of it and wondered.

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I searched. Didnít find anything saying donít immerse balls. In fact, found a few resources saying to soak them 5 minutes or more. Can you point to something that says donít do it? Itís virtually a non-porous object so water should do nothing.

Also, what damage could contacting balls have. That is literally their function. All they do is contact each other - every rack. Every shot.

Finally, I donít think the OP was suggesting this is the best way. Just that he thought of it and wondered.

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I can't find it now, but I saw a thread online (might have been reddit) where a guy soaked a set of balls while he went for a jog, and when he returned, they were ruined.

Balls touching at ultrasonic frequencies for an extended period is quite different than balls colliding on the table.
  
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12-20-2019, 01:36 PM

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I suspect it will be fine. Likely not so dirty that ultrasonic cleaning will do more than wiping. And wonít be able to apply any finish/polish to the ball.

Try it out and report back. Iím sure others would be I interested in this.

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You got me at Ďno finish or polishí....I like that.
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12-20-2019, 02:30 PM

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I can't find it now, but I saw a thread online (might have been reddit) where a guy soaked a set of balls while he went for a jog, and when he returned, they were ruined. .
What did he soak them in? It must have been caustic to ruin them! Iíve run two used sets through the dishwasher and it didnít do any harm. It didnít shine them the way I had hoped, so I still had to do a lot of hand polishing, actually machine polishing, to shine them up.
  
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