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09-16-2018, 05:33 PM

Well I'll be darned, I found it, some good info here


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09-16-2018, 06:03 PM

Get some black cloth, I found some that seems like a nylon. Cut it to fit inside the pocket, then take double face tape like seamstress tape and tape the cloth inside the pockets. Tape it as close to the top as you can get it.
I did it 5 years ago and pretty much solve the black spots and still have not had to change the pocket cloth.
The new pockets pretty well stopped the issue also, but I am not buying pockets when the cloth worked fine.
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I just taped one strip at the top. Also a no to the magic eraser for the balls.

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09-16-2018, 07:57 PM

A couple drops of alcohol on a paper towel will easily remove the black marks - no need to take the chance of ball damage with magic eraser.
I have a red label diamond pro and used to get lots of black marks until I bought a set of traditional color Cyclops balls. Presto - hardly ever get a black mark - I guess because of the higher phenolic content as compared to other ball sets. The Cyclops stay very clean - very rarely need to clean them.
  
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09-16-2018, 08:20 PM

Go easy on the balls. That's what he said, to she.

Some of these ball stories make me laugh, cry, wonder, whatever.

Wipe your balls after you play with a damp paper towel, every time. Keep them away from very dirty tables, or go through the process of cleaning the table before you play. Surface, pockets, even the rails.

Don't go through such a nut with your balls. Rub them good with a damp paper towel, and you'll be fine. Do this after every practice. I swear, I don't know where these ball threads come from.

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09-16-2018, 10:14 PM

Don't know how .any times I've said this, but a little hand sanitizer on a clean cloth goes a long way!!!
  
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09-17-2018, 07:56 AM

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Don't know how .any times I've said this, but a little hand sanitizer on a clean cloth goes a long way!!!
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Go easy on the balls. That's what he said, to she.

Some of these ball stories make me laugh, cry, wonder, whatever.

Wipe your balls after you play with a damp paper towel, every time.
Don't go through such a nut with your balls. Rub them good with a damp paper towel, and you'll be fine. Do this after every practice. I swear, I don't know where these ball threads come from.

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Wait a minute. I am not sure what the topic at hand is anymore.

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Wait a minute. I am not sure what the topic at hand is anymore.

Its nuts, I say you.
Air drying your balls works good after cleaning them as well....LOL
  
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09-17-2018, 08:33 AM

I second the recommendation by RKC, hand sanitizer takes the black marks off with very little effort. I fought with this for years on my table, tried all suggestions I could find to treat the pockets to prevent it and couldn't find a true permanent fix. Ended up buying new pockets from Diamond which do not mark the balls.
  
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09-17-2018, 08:42 AM

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I second the recommendation by RKC, hand sanitizer takes the black marks off with very little effort. I fought with this for years on my table, tried all suggestions I could find to treat the pockets to prevent it and couldn't find a true permanent fix. Ended up buying new pockets from Diamond which do not mark the balls.
I think that many hand sanitizers contain alcohol. Here is a table from Dr. Dave's August 2014 column in Billiards Digest about what happens to throw for frozen balls when various cleaning methods are used.

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Maybe such a change in throw is not important in your game, but if it is you may want to make sure that the particular hand sanitizer you use doesn't cause this problem.


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09-17-2018, 08:45 AM

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I recently added a Red Label 9' Diamond Professional to my home with the standard black leather packets.
Don't hit the balls so hard into the pocket--problem solved.
  
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I think that many hand sanitizers contain alcohol. Here is a table from Dr. Dave's August 2014 column in Billiards Digest about what happens to throw for frozen balls when various cleaning methods are used.

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Maybe such a change in throw is not important in your game, but if it is you may want to make sure that the particular hand sanitizer you use doesn't cause this problem.
Wax the balls after cleaning them problem solved
  
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I second the recommendation by RKC, hand sanitizer takes the black marks off with very little effort. I fought with this for years on my table, tried all suggestions I could find to treat the pockets to prevent it and couldn't find a true permanent fix. Ended up buying new pockets from Diamond which do not mark the balls.
So the table I'm about to have installed should be free from this problem?
  
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So the table I'm about to have installed should be free from this problem?
New Diamond, no problem.
  
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New Diamond, no problem.
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