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Ball Cleaner Showdown #1

Ebonite Powerhouse-Energizer Cleaner
-VS-
Track Clean'N Dull

Balls used in test-
Ball#1-A Track EMB with the coverstock freshly dulled with a green Scotchbrite.
Ball#2-A Ebonite NitroR2 Classic with the coverstock freshly Dulled to 600grit.

Ball condition at time of test-
Ball#1 was used for 3 games in a night Mixed league. After the league the ball was shiny with oil and a normal amount of grime & dirt. The ball sat for 30 minutes before cleaning.

Ball#2 was used for 3 games in a night Men's league. After the league the ball was shiny with oil and a normal amount of grime & dirt. The ball sat for a week before cleaning. The oil now had been absorbed and surface dirty.

Cleaning procedure used-(This was done without a ball spinner.)
Cleaner was applied to half the ball and allowed to soak in 30-45 sec. Then rubbed in by hand with a papertowel until cleaned and then allowed to dry. A 2nd application would be used if needed.

What was looked for from product-
Cleaning ability,Ball dullness and amount of tacky feel as compared to the fresh surface of the ball. Tacky feel is rated "No tack 1"-"5 Most tack"

The Results-
Ball#1-Energizer Cleaner was applied to the 1st half of the ball and it removed from the surface most of the visible oil & grime.
The coverstock had a slight shine to it and oil lines could still be seen in the track area. Tacky feel rated "2"
A 2nd application was used and a little more grime seemed to be removed.The coverstock still had a slight shine to it and oil lines could still be seen in the track area. Tacky feel rated "3"

Next Track Clean'N Dull was applied to the other half of ball#1 and it removed all of the visible oil & grime. The coverstock dullness was returned to the freshly dulled condition. Also no oil lines were visible in the track area. Tacky feel rated "5". No 2nd application needed

Ball#2-Energizer Cleaner was applied to the 1st half of the ball and it removed from the surface most of the visible dirt grime.
The coverstock had a slight shine to it and oil lines could still be seen in the track area. Tacky feel rated "3"
A 2nd application was used and no more grime seemed to be removed.The coverstock still had a slight shine to it and oil lines could still be seen in the track area. Tacky feel rated "3"

Next Track Clean'N Dull was applied to the other half of ball#2 and it removed all of the visible grime. The coverstock dullness was returned to the freshly dulled condition. Also no oil lines were visible in the track area. Tacky feel rated "5". No 2nd application needed.



Conclusion-
Ebonite Powerhouse Energizer Cleaner is a good citrus based ball surface cleaner and is a easy to use spray. It removes most surface oil and grime. But does not draw out oil from the coverstock well (The visible oil lines left).

Track Clean'N Dull is a excellent surface cleaner and is a easy to use gel.It removes all surface oil and grime and It draws the oil out of the coverstock very well. (No visible oil lines left).

Ebonite Powerhouse Energizer Cleaner makes a good quick to use cleaner, But Clean'N Dull is a better deep cleaner. Which would give the ball longer life do to the ability to draw more oil out of the coverstock.

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Updated 03-05-2016 at 11:21 AM by bowl1820

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  1. bowl1820's Avatar
    Ball Cleaner Showdown #2
    by Al Loar

    Product tested: HOOK-IT by Neo-Tac
    Claims to increase "Tac". Remove Oil,Dirt and Beltmarks. Leave dull balls dull and shiney balls shiney.

    Ball used in test: Ebonite NitroR2 Classic with the coverstock (Reactive Resin) freshly Dulled to 600grit.

    Ball condition at time of test-
    Ball was used for 3 games in a night Men's league. A medium oil pattern with a overall length of pattern was 41"
    After the league the ball was shiny with oil and a small amount of grime & dirt. The ball sat for 24 hours before cleaning.

    Cleaning procedure used-(This was done without a ball spinner.)
    Cleaner was applied to half the ball and allowed to soak in 30-45 sec. Then rubbed in by hand with a papertowel until cleaned and then allowed to dry. Then repeated on other half of ball.

    What was looked for from product-
    Cleaning ability,Ball dullness and amount of tacky feel as compared to the fresh surface of the ball. Tacky feel is rated "No tack 1"-"5 Most tack"

    The Results-
    HOOK-IT returned all the coverstock dullness and removed all surface oil and grime. Of the visible oil lines at the start of test on the ball. About 33% of the lines remained visible.
    As for the Tacky feel HOOK-IT gave the ball a incredible tacky feel it rates a "5+"
    As a side test Clean'N Dull was applied to the ball. Just little more grime was removed and most of the visible track lines that were left.



    Conlusion-
    Neo-Tac HOOK-IT is a excellent spray on ball surface cleaner. It removes all the surface oil and grime.It also removes some oil out of the coverstock. It does increase tac also.
    HOOK-IT is a good strong cleaner to use just after bowling and can be used during bowling as well.
    The results on particle balls are similar to these results. I wouldn't use it on a plastic ball, unless it had a real bad beltmark maybe.

    (A caveat try to keep the product off of vinyl inserts, it can make them sticky. Also HOOK-IT has a strong odor, to some who are sensitive to strong odors this maybe a problem.)
    Updated 03-05-2016 at 11:09 AM by bowl1820
  2. bowl1820's Avatar
    Ball Cleaner Showdown #3

    Kegel Revive Ball Cleaner
    -VS-
    Brunswick/Neo-Tac Hook-It

    Ball used in test-
    Ebonite Striking Motion with the coverstock freshly cleaned and polished.

    Ball condition at time of test-
    #1-The ball was thrown once on a freshly oiled house shot. Then allowed to sit for 30 minutes before cleaning.
    #2-The ball was also thrown once on a freshly oiled house shot. Then allowed to sit for several days before cleaning.
    Both times the ball was shiny with oil and no visible dirt or grime.

    Cleaning procedure used-(This was done by hand without a ball spinner.)
    Kegel Rvive Cleaner was applied to half the ball and allowed to soak in 30 sec. Then rubbed in by hand with a microfiber towel until dry.
    Hook-It Cleaner was applied to the other half of the ball and allowed to soak in 30 sec. Then rubbed in by hand with a microfiber towel until dry.

    What was looked for from product-
    The products cleaning ability and the amount of tacky feel (on a smooth finish ball) as compared to the fresh surface of the ball. Tacky feel is rated "No tack 1"-"5 Most tack"

    The Results-
    Kegel Revive Ball Cleaner (which smells like 409) was applied to the 1st half of ball #1 and it removed from the surface all of the visible surface oil. The coverstock was clean, but oil lines could still be seen in the track area. Tacky feel rated at "2", but as the ball sat tackiness increased to about a "3". No noticable change with a second application.

    Brunswick/Neo-Tac Hook-It was applied to the 2nd half of ball #1 and it removed from the surface all of the visible surface oil. The coverstock was clean and all oil lines were gone from the track area. Tacky feel rated at "5".

    Results for ball #2 were the same.



    Conclusion-
    After trying Kegel Revive Ball Cleaner for several sessions, I've found that it is a average ball cleaner. It will remove surface oil and about 85-90% of the grit & grime. If you apply more "elbow grease" and a second application, you can remove more stubborn surface grime. But does not draw out oil from the coverstock well (The visible oil lines left). Also the shrink wrap label tends to slip on the bottle as you try to pump the spray, just rip it off.

    In the ads for Revive it says it lower's the ball's surface "energy" to slow dirt build up and oil aborption. I believe this accounts for the lower "tacky" feel, but I found if you keep rubbing for a longer time that the tackiness rating will go up some. As for the balls not building up dirt as fast, hard to say balls here have been staying pretty clean anyway.

    "A thought if something is lowering the ball's friction (energy??) which is what picks up the dirt and also doesn't let the cover absorb oil. Might let the ball go longer a little. I haven't really seen this, it's just a thought."

    Overall Revive is a alright general purpose ball cleaner, a little better than Ebonite Powerhouse Energizer Cleaner. But not as strong as Hook-It (My favorite).