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Looking after your balls - New balls already worn.

David_Vi

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Back to basics...

I bought a load of new balls, left some in the bag they came in behind the coin door on one pin.
A couple months later I decided now was the time to swap them in.
But they weren't shiny and had black dings on them.

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They looked worse than the balls already in the pin.
So i shoved them in a box with other old balls..

All the existing balls in my pins aren't as shiny but none have wear like at least 10 new balls I had stored in various places. I feel like I might have ended up with dodgy balls (but I didn't check them that closely on purchase) or I have somehow stored them incorrectly?

I found some other new balls I had stored elsewhere and they were fine!


Am I missing something regarding new balls? Should they be stored in a particular way?

Are some balls shinier than others?
Whats the difference between carbon steel and chrome steel?
 

kev a

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Last set was from Pinball Bazaar, have also brought from Pinball Mania, both came with a light coating of grease/oil just gotta remember to give them a good clean first.
 
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David_Vi

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I'm so confused why a load of new ones were already worn and pitted. Surely moving around in a bag wouldn't cause that much damage considering balls hit each other in the actual game and trough 🤔
Maybe I was just unkucky?

I might buy a bunch from Pinball Bazaar, they appear to be shiny!
 

kev a

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The pitting is surface corrosion I think rather than physical damage. When I first got my pin I put in new balls even though the old ones were fine. I left the old ones on a window ledge, in no time they were surprisingly rusty.
 
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The pitting is surface corrosion I think rather than physical damage. When I first got my pin I put in new balls even though the old ones were fine. I left the old ones on a window ledge, in no time they were surprisingly rusty.
Interesting!
How does this not happen with the ones in the pins? Yet some new ones in a bag or drawer.
 

kev a

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Not sure to be honest, guessing moisture in the bag and no airflow = corrosion
 

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used balls. give em to the northern lights guys. @replicas

they sell them at pinball events. apparently casual visitors often want to buy one as a memento.

I’m still waiting for someone to figure out “ball art” - your favourite pinball artwork in miniature on a steel ball. 😂😂
 
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I'd love to make some ball art but haven't figured out the best way to glue my balls together yet. It sounds uncomfortable.
 
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David, i’m not printing them, my cousin overseas is but they won’t arrive until he visits in sept.

Ahh!
Well, if there's any spare... 😂 No problem waiting, the (ball) pyramids weren't built in a day.
 
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