CtD Launches 3 Lower Grit TruCut Sanding Pads in 6 inch

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Creating the Difference has launched three new TruCut Sanding Pads. The new pads come in lower, more aggressive grits and use a new cutting material. Available in 80, 120, and 220 grits, these new pads are sold in 6 inch diameter. They have a unique velcro film backing built to withstand aggressive use. Originally, the pads were developed for Pro Shops to use for resurfacing a bowling ball. They work great on a ball spinner or resurfacing machine and can be used by hand when needed. In addition, with conventional urethane balls becoming ever more popular, you may have seen them on the PBA Tour or even in your league. There has been an increasing demand for more aggressive grits below the current 500 grit TruCut Sanding Pad.  

Why does this pad look different than the other TruCut Sanding Pads?

Back of 80 grit TruCut Sanding Pad80 grit vs 2000 grit cutting side comparison


The simple answer is because you're removing more material with these lower grit pads.  When removing large amounts of material, you need to be more efficient at cutting and removal.  Instead of using the traditional foam backing with the open weave like the pad on the right, we decided to use a perforated waterproof film with a velcro backing. The perforations help remove the large amounts of debris from the cutting surface. The film backing allows for faster, more efficient debris transfer. We also went to a harder and much more durable Zirconia cutting material. This material lasts 10 times longer than conventional materials and is more consistent at cutting. The combination of the backing and cutting material make this pad perfect for lower grit cutting performance and durability.  Like all TruCut pads, they can be used by hand or machine, wet or dry, and cut at the grit written on the pad. 

Warning: Use These Pads Only If Needed. They Will Leave Deep Scratches in Your Bowling Ball

If this is your first time using sanding pads watch this video.

NOTE: No current ball manufacturer uses these grits as the final sanding step.

Check the final step of the ball manufacturer and start there before going to these lower grits.  These pads are safe to use on all types of bowling balls. They will leave deep scratches in the ball which will take longer to remove with higher grits by hand. You should not skip grits for resurfacing or by hand i.e. (80 grit to 220 grit) unless you are an expert at applying surface on a bowling ball, as you will leave deep lines in the ball. If you think you need a very early hooking traction type ball motion use 1000 or 500 grit first. These grits options will work for the majority of lane conditions. I repeat, for the vast majority of lane conditions 500 grit or higher is what is recommended for use. 

Tips For Use

  • When using these pads use light pressure.
  • You can use them wet or dry.  For Resurfacing or when using a ball spinner, it is definitely recommended use them wet.
  • Start with 220 grit, if you need more go to 120 grit. Only use 80 grit if absolutely necessary.
  • 80 grit is really really rough and is used primarily for resurfacing.
  • The rule for sanding pad use is to start with the higher numbers and work your way down as needed.  

Why do people use lower grits on urethane balls, and can I use it on my reactive ball?

Conventional urethane balls do not absorb oil. Having grit lines in this type of ball is very helpful to help keep the traction motion consistent. The grit lines act like studs in snow tires. They help allow the ball to be able to create friction on the lane when there is oil since it can't be absorbed by the ball.  Reactive balls have the added benefit of oil absorption to help aid in creating friction. You can use these pads on reactive balls too. Remember too much friction will make a ball roll early and not hook downlane. 

When To Use 80 grit, 120 grit or 220 grit?

If your ball needs to be resurfaced, you can use these pads half of the time of normal pads and get similar resurfacing results.

If you find that your bowling ball is simply skidding all the way down the lane, or you need maximum traction ball reaction 220, 120, or occasionally 80 may be needed. 

These grits are sure to add increased traction in the heaviest oil conditions or when a bowler needs maximum control. These pads will make your ball hook early. Early hook is not always more hook. Make sure you have tried the higher grits first if you are looking for more hook.  Over time the lanes tend to dry out. Which makes this type of ball reaction less hook.  

Where Can You Get TruCut Sanding Pads?

You can purchase any of the Trucut sanding products HERE


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