(Topic ID: 239288)

Advice needed for replacing/purchasing new (pin)balls


By MoSeS_1592

6 months ago



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    #7 6 months ago
    Quoted from MoSeS_1592:

    Thanks for the advice.
    Just curious if anyone has tried using a tumbler to re-polish old balls. I have several balls that aren't dented, pitted, or rusted, they are simply cloudy looking from so much use. Would a basic tumbler and some metal polish bring the shine back? Is it worth the time to try this or does it just make more sense to buy new balls every so often and pitch the old ones?

    If you have a tumbler, give it a go! I buy my balls from ballbaron.com He has super shiny chrome balls that are great for games without magnets, and the carbon steel ones last a long time before getting magnetized or pitted.

    #11 6 months ago
    Quoted from MoSeS_1592:

    The games I have do not use magnets so the chrome are fine. I noticed ballbaron sells the standard chrome and "Ninja" chrome (super shiny). Just curious has anyone compared the two? I'm probably going to go with the Ninja's but I am still curious if its worth the extra $ and if it really makes much difference after 20+ games of use.
    Also, with carbon steel vs chrome, I know the biggest issue in deciding which to use is magnetism, but if we are talking about games that do not use magnets does one type of metal hold up longer than the other (i.e. ability to hold shine, more resistant to pitting, moisture resistance, etc.?)
    I know I'm overthinking this, they are just pinballs

    I can't say definitely if one lasts longer over the other. I have both and use them as magnets would dictate. I have an inkling that the ninja chromes last longer, but that could be due to the fact that the games with magnets in them often are more "rough" on the balls. idk. I check my balls (insert joke here) every time I take off the glass, and if I feel they're bad, I'll replace the lot for that game. They're not terribly expensive.

    #12 6 months ago

    Saw in another thread that for tumbling pinballs, it will get them shiny, but it won't work out deep scratches or divots.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/tumblers-and-walnut-media

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