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Irinus
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Location: London
Member Since: 19th Apr 2006
Total posts: 222
Posted:I thought I'd post some help rather than ask for it (for a change) smile

I have some 100mm rubber stage balls of the 5ish variety. If you have any of these you'll know that they love pick up anything they touch and, if they touch any thing that can stain, they WILL stain. In my case, I managed to get ink (biro type ink) on one and, I think, chocolate on another.

I tried various removal methods (including 70% ethanol and acetone) but they didn't work so I looked around and found an unusual solution on a stain removal forum.

Oxy 10 (a spot and acne treatment) (UK and, I think, US)

It'll take multiple applications but it will eventually bleach the stain (I don't know how well it'd work on coloured balls as it may well bleach the colour off them aswell as the stain). Apply some cream and leave it overnight, repeat until you're done.

Other things they recommend are 'rubbing alcohol', WD40 and hairspray but I didn't have them / couldn't get them / didn't want to try the others on my balls. They would all be cheaper solutions though.

Hope I've saved someone some trouble. There are probably better solutions out there and, if so, I'd like to hear them biggrin


Oh, and if you're going to try it, make sure you're not allergic to it / don't let the cream come into contact with your skin!


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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:humm, that's a new application for such cream... wow

You should maybe contact their PR department and let them know about it too... smile

Great help offered hug thankx


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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both
Member Since: 5th Nov 2001
Total posts: 3749
Posted:iso-pro-pul (?) alcahol... or pannel cleaner.

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Irinus
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Location: London
Member Since: 19th Apr 2006
Total posts: 222
Posted:Is that maybe isopropanol?

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both
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Posted:*shug* dunno, daaaaaave!

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Bek66
Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place
Member Since: 27th Aug 2006
Total posts: 4728
Posted:That should be spelled 'isopropyl'...or basic rubbing alcohol...and yes, Oxy 10 is sold here in the States...very harsh stuff...!!!

You might try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser if it's not an absorbed stain...if it's just surface...those damn things are amazing...!!!


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