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I bought my first acrylic!!
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Joined: 12 Aug 2007
Posts: 5
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: I bought my first acrylic!!


Im having a lil problems with the weight, i've been doing cj with a light stage ball and the change is hard..

Well, beside making you know these huge and marvelous news i have to ask a little ques' ..

I was trying some new tricks with my new ball and it fell and hit the wall (only a little hit) and it scratched a bit. I do not have a polishing machine or an acrylic polisher (the product) and tonight i have to show the ball to some ... important person .. well:

is there a cheap and easy way to clear that scratch quickly?

thank you, people!
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Joined: 08 Oct 2007
Posts: 69
Location: Greensboro, NC

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:03 pm    Post subject:

I stopped playing with my acrylics for this very reason. I tried several ways to get rid of the scratches and never found a good way to get rid of them without some kind of polish.
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(Forged Youth)

Joined: 19 Nov 2007
Posts: 33
Location: Statesville, NC

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:16 pm    Post subject:

Well.. what color is your acrylic?
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Joined: 04 Jan 2005
Posts: 108
Location: Lbk Texas

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reality check!

The fact is, that if you use your acrylics for anything other than palm spinning, or pure decoration, your acrylics will get scratched.

There is no quick and easy way of dealing with day to day scratches.

I recommend that anyone other than a professional performer who can afford fresh balls for each performance, the first thing to do with a new acrylic, is to go outside, on concrete, and drop the ball from shoulder height.

This simple act, will get the issue out of the way.

It will happen, deal with it. Enjoy.

Pickup, drop, repeat.
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Chitter-chattering, wee magical heather bear

Joined: 19 Jul 2005
Posts: 883
Location: Edinburrr

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:38 pm    Post subject:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, protect the acrylic. My first 100m took 6 months before it got any kind of scratch and even now it's not too noticeable. I've heard LCD has had the same props for years now and they're still shiny and nice. Practice on grass (insert lazy street performer joke about acid here) or make a little padded zone, we need to lose this notion that purposefully breaking your props is good.

If I buy a new club I don't scrub it on concrete until the shine goes...nor should you with acrylics.

Respect your props, they'll be your friends that way.
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Joined: 01 Jul 2004
Posts: 160
Location: College Station, TX

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject:

concur, i have often tried to break in my animals by tossing them against the wall. and often after a while they seem to just shy away. or at the very least people dont find my mangled cats very appealing. As is the same with your acrylics. People like brand new, baby fresh stuff. Not used, broken kitties. so be nice to your spheres.
much Love,
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Spherical Russell

Joined: 24 Oct 2007
Posts: 16
Location: South East UK

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:46 am    Post subject:

Yep, ive got to side with the 'keep your acrylics shiny' party

At the moment for me its stage balls for learning new tricks, acrylics for polishing the old...mostly

Apparently Novus scratch remover is good for acrylics but haven't used it myself

The problem seems to arise in that it is not much fun to have a play and be constantly worried about dropping and scratching, but playing with acrylics just looks so special

Tough one...
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Joined: 21 Nov 2007
Posts: 17
Location: Reading,UK

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject:

Thooth paste is the way forward, you can use it to clean and polish most things, do it on my ball, just get some on your finger and rub away and then wash with water afterwards
Make sure you keep hold of your balls!
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Joined: 12 Dec 2007
Posts: 23
Location: Staunton, VA

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject:

I don't use acrylics yet because I don't own one, but I always practice on carpet just to get in the habit. All the floors in my house are hardwood except for the living room, which is carpeted. Hardwood doesn't really seem like it would do much damage to an acrylic ball, but I'm going to practice on the carpet just to make sure.
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