GC 3 suspected black smudge marks on balls from the ball returns.


I am getting these black smudge marks on my billiard balls . i suspect that they are caused by the ball return system. The black plastic coating might be breaking down. I cleaned the wire tracks and did remove a lot of black crap and thought I had corrected the problem. I did another further cleaning and there were some black residue removed but I still see some really small smudge marks. I was thinking of removing the the tracks and doing another thorough cleaning and possibly coating the tracks with some sort of protectant but have had no experience with this problem.

So any advice out there ?

The table is going on 40 years old so maybe I will need to replace the tracks if they are available.


Redwolf, did you ever find any remedy for your situation? I am having the same issue and am suspecting either the ball return rails or the pocket liners. It is a 25 year old table that I purchased last year, so I was having the same thoughts about the breakdown of the plastic/rubberized surfaces. Also like you though, I don't know how best to address it. Replacing the pocket liners is easy, but what to do about the rubberized coating on the ball return rails????