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Old 03-31-11, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default De-gloss Soccer balls

I would like to do a bit of a de-glossing with a new juggling set of soccer balls. I have used sandpaper in the past and the soccer balls attracted dirt like a magnet and discolored quickly. Suggestions?

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Old 04-01-11, 02:43 PM   #2
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Sorry no answers, just questions.
What's the purpose of de-glossing ? More grip ? Less grip ?
Maybe adding something rather than subtracting is the way to go.
Perhaps I'm over thinking it and you just don't want them to be glossy.
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Old 04-01-11, 03:02 PM   #3
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Sweat is my enemy when I juggle soccer balls. The combination of the gloss finish and sweat, makes the soccer balls unmanageable. I have tried talc on the soccer balls, my hands & arms... it is temporary... does not last through a full routine. I am going to try a de-glossing agent, used for refinishing furniture, on an old soccer ball and see how it works.
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Old 04-01-11, 04:37 PM   #4
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A can of Cramer Tuf-Skin might be all you need, unless it's too sticky. You can also get powdered rosin from sporting goods stores, or rock rosin from dance supply stores, which will be a little less sticky, but probably still effective.
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Rosin is a good idea.
Maybe you could try your old method of sanding it back and then use a spray on suede and nubuck protector to keep it from getting as dirty.
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Great idea Gav! Will try.
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Old 04-16-11, 08:41 AM   #7
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I use Baden playground balls instead of footballs. They have much better grip and spin better. Although they maybe don't look quite as "cool" as footballs and the audience may think you are using "special balls that make it easy". Swings and roundabouts...
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