Cleaning rubber residue from flipper bats?


By jibmums

3 months ago


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    #1 3 months ago

    What's the best solvent for removing rubber residue from flipper bats without softening or damaging the plastic? Alcohol and naphtha have removed some of the surface residue, but what's left has been ground-in from thousands of ball hits and won't budge. Will anything dissolve this without harming the bat?

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    #2 3 months ago

    I've never had luck in cleaning them off to a point I was a happy, so I just replace them. It's a cheap part that makes a game look significantly better.

    #3 3 months ago

    Could try Goo Gone(NOT GOOF OFF) w/a Magic Eraser.

    #4 3 months ago

    Great question. Same problem here with BSD lightening flippers. Not sure if it applies to the standards but I know the lightening repros have a tendency to be brittle and of sub par construction compared to the originals. I'll be watching.

    #5 3 months ago

    Just cleaned some white Gottlieb flippers with Goof Off, the stuff that strips paint and melts plastics. Came out great. Had the flipper bats out of the machine, and used small pieces of cloth dampened with the solvent. Got all the black gunk out of the ridges on the top of the flipper, and took off the rubber residue from the sides. EDIT: Test it on an inconspicuous spot. Would not try Goof Off on any flippers with painted accents or decals & would hesitate to use it on translucent flippers.

    All the while I'm thinking that I should just buy new flippers, since cleaning them is tedious and time consuming.

    Has anyone used an ultrasonic cleaner for the flippers?

    #6 3 months ago
    Quoted from Biffbar:

    Has anyone used an ultrasonic cleaner for the flippers?

    Yes. The problem is the black material basically embeds itself into the plastic. It's not just surface grime. Ultrasonic cleaners do well against surface grime, but won't do much against the black marks on the flippers.

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