Cleaning acrylics

A commonly asked question in Contactjuggling: How do I polish acrylics an clean my balls?

In the past years there has been alot of discussion how to clean acrylics. Here you find some ideas and examples. No garanty though...

Before we start to clean I can tell you that acrylics are almost unbreakable. But... if you let them fall on a hard surface like concrete they tend to get quite ugly. Scratches and bounce marks are almost unavoidable...

 Every bounce breakes my heart...

The best option is to have some acrylic practice balls, and for your performances a set of clear ones. I know they are not cheap, so not an option for everyone.

TIP: Always keep a microfibre cloth with your balls. They are very good to clean fingerprints and so.

In this video from Dawn she shows how you can use toothpaste. Use only the white for it, without any additions. For acrylics start halfway the video (5.50). In the first half however, she show you how to clean practice balls. Also good to know how to do that.

Robert Whisner shows on his Facebook page how to polish acrylics with a bench grinder. Ofcourse you need to have one... but it is good to see the different options. As you can see he is using fine sand paper to lightly sand any really bad dings. He deliberately made a very bad blemish just to show that even the worst surface marks can be repaired. Click on the photo to see his slides...

Polishing with a bench grinder...

 A more basic solution is acrylic headlight polish. This comes in a lot of different prices and brands, so can't tell you exactly which one to choose. Look on Youtube for some examples.


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