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Restore Billiard Balls Tarnished Yellow Over Time

Restore Billiard Balls Tarnished Yellow Over Time

How do you clean pool balls that are tarnished and stained yellow? The cue ball is especially yellowed. Once white, now tarnished yellow.

What is a good way to clean that or reverse the yellow staining? How can I restore them back to a crisp bright white?

If anyone knows please let me know.

Restore Billiard Balls Tarnished Yellow Over Time

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  1. user1511733827billiardsforum on 11/26/2017 7:18:51 PM

    Use Aramith Billiard Ball Restorer to turn yellowed billiard balls back to white (link goes to amazon.com).

    It is meant for cleaning really dirty and yellowed balls. This is not the same as Aramith Billiard Ball Cleaner.


    Also, and I have not tried this, but "A Rookie's Guide to Pool Table Maintenance and Repair" by Mose Duane and is says this:

    When new balls are new, it is quite simple to keep them clean vinegar and water, or a window cleaner like Windex. However, all phenolic balls will mar and yellow over time even if they're washed daily. A household cleaning product like Comet or Ajax, or less abrasive Soft Scrub, does a wonderful job if the balls are not too terrible. For extremely yellowed balls, use a paint stripper, like Zip Strip. Read the instructions of the product and wear protective clothing. Although any of these products may also strip the shine from the balls, good wax will return most of the luster. Liquid was and furniture wax work, but paste was is better.

    Your mileage may vary.

    I've also heard the following:

    • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and elbow grease works
    • Nothing works on badly yellowed billiard balls. Just no way to get the white back. It is a characteristic of the materials used.
  2. user1511733827RayMills on 7/20/2020 9:38:53 PM

    Is there any way to prevent yellowing?

    Or, what exactly is the yellowing:

    • invasion of the ball by outside chemical(s) or light, or
    • could it be a natural aging of the resin?
  3. user1511733827billiardsforum on 10/16/2020 4:25:07 AM

    From Quora (emphasis mine):

    Phenolic resin, the classic resin for epoxy, turns yellow under exposure to UV radiation.

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Restore Billiard Balls Tarnished Yellow Over Time

  • Title: Restore Billiard Balls Tarnished Yellow Over Time
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  • Published: 11/26/2017 5:03:48 PM
  • Last Updated: 11/26/2017 7:13:39 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)