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Storm Bowling Balls Vs. Oil Conditions

If you like using Storm bowling ball equipment and trying to select a recent ball release which matches to the lane oil conditions you encounter most frequently, this article should narrow down the selection process. The challenge becomes how to match Storm bowling balls vs. oil conditions. Matching the coverstock factory finish preparations to lane conditions is an important step in the bowling ball selection process. Choosing the right Storm bowling balls vs. oil conditions is derived from knowing the given factory finishes and which grit texture process is applied to the given bowling balls.

Many of these options listed below can also be found on the Storm pro shop "Product And Maintenance Guide" poster. It helps to know how your ball is factory finished in case you wish to restore the ball surface texture to the factory finish when maintenance is required.

Here are oil conditions and the Storm bowling ball options matching with the conditions:

Heavy Oil
Invasion - 4000 grit Factory Finish
Virtual Gravity - 4000 grit Factory Finish
Virtual Gravity NANO - 4000 grit Factory Finish
Anarchy- 1500 grit Factory Finish

Medium Heavy Oil

Virtual Energy - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Prodigy - 4000 grit Factory Finish
Reign of Fire - 1000 grit Factory Finish
Hy-Road - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Reign Supreme - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish

Medium Oil
Reign - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
2 Furious - 2000 grit Factory Finish
Tropical Heat Hybrid Black/Silver - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Victory Road - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish

Medium Light Oil
2 Fast - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Tropical Heat Pearl Orange/Purple and Tropical Heat Red/Blue- 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Natural - 2000 grit Factory Finish
Natural Pearl - 4000 grit Factory Finish

Light Oil
Tropical Storm Yellow/Purple - 1500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Ice Storm Black/Silver - 3500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Team Storm White - 3500 grit Polished Factory Finish
Mainframe - 3500 grit Polished Factory Finish

Knowing the final factory finish of any given Storm bowling ball is only a part of the process in selecting a new ball. By understanding how to restore the given ball surface to its original factory finish, you be able to preserve the surface of the ball by doing routine surface maintenance. Here are the five Steps below used to restore the factory finish:

1000-grit Factory Finish
1. 500-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 15 seconds on all four sides of the ball
2. 1000-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 30 seconds on all four sides
Storm suggests repeating Step 2 from above every 20 or 30 games and both Steps every 60 to 80 games

2000-grit Factory Finish
1. 500-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 15 seconds on all four sides
2. 2000-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 50 seconds on all four sides
Storm suggests repeating Step 2 from above every 20 to 30 games and both Steps every 60 to 80 games

4000-grit Factory Finish
1. 500-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 15 seconds on all four sides
2. 4000-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 60 seconds on all four sides
Storm suggests repeating Step 2 from above every 20 to 30 games and both Steps every 60 to 80 games

1500-grit Polished Factory Finish
1. 500-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 15 seconds on all four sides
2. Grey Scotch-Brite pad - Sand for 40 seconds on all four sides
3. Storm Step Two - Polish lightly for 15 seconds on two sides
Storm suggests repeating Steps 2 and 3 from above every 20 to 30 games or repeating all steps 60-to 80 games

3500-grit Polished Factory Finish
1. 500-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 15 seconds on all four sides
2. 1000-grit Abalon pad - Sand for 20 seconds on all four sides
3. 2000-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 25 seconds on all four sides
4. 4000-grit Abralon pad - Sand for 30 seconds on all four sides
5. Storm Xtra Shine - Polish for 30 seconds on two sides
Storm suggests repeating Steps 3 to 5 every 40 to 60 games and utilizing all Steps when a track becomes noticeable

These five Steps are very useful in maintaining a controllable ball reaction and preserving the life of the coverstock on your equipment. Of course, you can modify the techniques to prepare the ball surfaces to any degree of texture you wish for specific lane conditions.


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