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

    Same stuff, more elbow grease.

    #3 3 months ago

    What he said. Or if it's out, just get a new flipper for $3.

    #4 3 months ago

    This, and a stiff brush.

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    #5 3 months ago

    Try some WD40

    #6 3 months ago

    Acetone

    #7 3 months ago

    Goo Gone and a little elbow grease

    #8 3 months ago

    The 91% alcohol did a bang-up job with some muscle behind it, nice bright white again. I usually just toss & replace but I really wanted to reuse these as they're in great shape, plus they're originals with the "W" logo instead of the "M" logo.

    #9 3 months ago
    Quoted from jibmums:

    The 91% alcohol did a bang-up job with some muscle behind it, nice bright white again.

    Save yourself a little work and go with denatured alcohol. It should clean them faster.

    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from Paul_from_Gilroy:

    This, and a stiff brush.

    This stuff is awesome, but I wish they hadn't changed it. Apparently it has acetone in it now. I used to use the old version to remove mylar glue and it worked fantastic. Now it would kill the paint

    Chris

    #11 3 months ago

    I use purple power. Works great on everything.

    #12 3 months ago

    Then switch to silicone rubbers. No more shedding, no more of this phenomenon.

    #13 3 months ago
    Quoted from GreenMachine19:

    Then switch to silicone rubbers. No more shedding, no more of this phenomenon.

    No more original bounce and feel. No more playing like it's supposed to.

    #14 3 months ago

    Brake cleaner.

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