View Full Version : Vapor Zone loss of hook?
01-20-2006, 08:03 PM
OOB, my Vapor Zone was a force to be reckoned with. I averaged 211 for about 20 games as soon as I had it drilled, and the ball was simply amazing. Strongmidlane with massive backend.
Now that I have put about 50 games total on the ball, it has lost a considerable amount of hitting power, backend and overall hook.
I know it is not the oil, because I am friends with the lane man and the shot has not changed.
What happened? Did my ball become oil-saturated after 50 games, does the Activaor + cover wear out? Did I get a bad ball? Do i just need some more rough-buff?
Pin over ring, MB 1 1/2" right of thumb.
The OOB finish on the VZ is 220 sanded with Rough buff polish. Depending on the lane surface and friction created, the polish does burn off. It may take 10 games or 50, it varies for each individual.
So, yes, you will need to resand it to 220 grit and reapply the rough buff to regain the backend motion you are looking for. Oil saturation shouldn't be an issue after 50 games. Todays bowling balls are like cars, they need coverstock maintenance. Cleaning, resanding/polishing should be a major priority with a 150-200 investment.
01-20-2006, 08:39 PM
Thank you, sir. I will order a bottle and re-apply it next week.
01-20-2006, 10:39 PM
Fufu is right in regards to getting the ball to the factory finish. And about cleaning the ball regularly to keep it at its best, too. The people who religiously clean their equipment always have a longer life span from the stuff than someone who never cleans it or resurfaces anything.
PS- Yum, Lucy Pinder.
01-20-2006, 11:08 PM
Hah yea, she's beautiful.
I clean my equipment every set with either clean n' dull or Rejuvenator so thats OK, but once I get some Rough Buff I'll be set.
01-21-2006, 01:35 PM
I have it from a pretty good source that taking the Vapor to 600 smooth, and then hitting it with a white pad on six sides, will closely approximate the out-of-box Rough Buff finish. Haven't tried this yet, as my Vapor only has five-ish games on it, but I may do this to my Absolute Inferno.
02-17-2006, 10:58 AM
Just to update, I applied Rough Buff to my AI, sanding to 220 first and then applyinng the polish, and the ball looks shiny. Not rough at all. And a considerably noticeable reaction difference. Then, I lightly scuffed it with a green pad and it was back to the wonderful reaction we all fell in love with. I don't know about rough buff, seemed a little sketchy.
Although, on my VZ, I hit it with a 500 grit abralon pad, followed by a white pad, and well, welcome home. Ball is back to OOB reaction. Thank you Bracket Creep.
02-17-2006, 11:08 AM
With Ruff Buff it depends on how much pressure you apply with it. It's gritty, and can leave it duller or shiney. So be careful when applying. I'd agree with going 220 then ruff buff on the VZ, should take care of it.
My proshop guy did the same thing with his VZ, too shiny. I think using a very small amount of polish and light pressure is the key.
02-17-2006, 05:12 PM
I bought mine off Rudy Revs a few months ago. I shot 2 780 and a 790 with it. Also a 300 and ave 240 or better since i got it. ive got over 50 games on it now and ive no problem with it. I hope resurfacing it helps you out. Its a hell of a ball.
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