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Old 12-09-2017, 03:43 PM
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Removing sharpie from a coverstock

Someone gave me an old Storm VGN Pearl that has been written on with sharpie in a few areas. Tried rubbing alcohol, giving it a bath but other than some slight fading, nothing seems to be removing the ink. Any suggestions? The ball still moves wonderfully, just looks rather tacky with the writing.
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

Just bring it to a pro shop and have them give it a spin at whatever grit you want.

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Old 12-10-2017, 08:38 AM
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

Like El Scorcho said, a trip to the shop is probably your best bet. The thing is though, with the way modern balls “soak up” stuff, the ink MAY now be a permanent part of the ball, depending on how deeply it soaked in.

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Old 12-10-2017, 06:44 PM
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

Have you tried strong ball cleaners like Clean n Dull and Hook-It?

Or just do like everyone else does - try a tiny swipe with acetone. This brief contact won't affect the coverstock. Don't use nail polish remover; it has other things besides acetone in it.

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Old 12-10-2017, 10:54 PM
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

PVC cleaner (in the yellow can) will most likely remove it. I've used it to remove permanent marker in the past. Usually works great.I'd use it only on the markings though, also you may want to try it on an old ball.
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

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PVC cleaner (in the yellow can) will most likely remove it. I've used it to remove permanent marker in the past. Usually works great.I'd use it only on the markings though, also you may want to try it on an old ball.
I ended up trying this after the magic eraser trick and it actually worked! Thanks roylay, saved me a resurface on this old beast lol
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

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I ended up trying this after the magic eraser trick and it actually worked! Thanks roylay, saved me a resurface on this old beast lol
More than likely you have just violated USBC rule 18.1 (altering the ball surface) the two main chemicals in the yellow can of PVC cleaner are Acetone & Methy Ethyl Ketone Both are on the NOT APPROVED EVER list of chemicals

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Old 12-15-2017, 09:05 PM
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

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More than likely you have just violated USBC rule 18.1 (altering the ball surface) the two main chemicals in the yellow can of PVC cleaner are Acetone & Methy Ethyl Ketone Both are on the NOT APPROVED EVER list of chemicals
Actually USBC allows some limited uses of acetone. Such as for cleaning off super glue or to smooth out a finger inserts.

It's just not USBC legal to use as a general ball cleaner.

So most likely there would be no problem using it to remove the marker ink. Bigger concern would be that it could damage the ball in those spots, if used too aggressively.

Actually the ball is already illegal due to the sharpie ink. It violates Rule 8.4B

4. Bowling Ball Surface.
" b. No foreign material may be placed on the outer surface or in the balance hole of the ball including but not limited to powder, marker or paint. Bowling tape is acceptable in a balance hole.

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Old 12-16-2017, 07:12 PM
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Re: Removing sharpie from a coverstock

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Actually USBC allows some limited uses of acetone. Such as for cleaning off super glue or to smooth out a finger inserts.

It's just not USBC legal to use as a general ball cleaner.

So most likely there would be no problem using it to remove the marker ink. Bigger concern would be that it could damage the ball in those spots, if used too aggressively.

Actually the ball is already illegal due to the sharpie ink. It violates Rule 8.4B

4. Bowling Ball Surface.
" b. No foreign material may be placed on the outer surface or in the balance hole of the ball including but not limited to powder, marker or paint. Bowling tape is acceptable in a balance hole.
Your take on 8.4b is correct, but acetone is on the not approved list ever. No provisions on the rule that says it's ok just a little bit. It should have been and still needs to be resurfaced to be USBC legal
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