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Trial Number 1

Trial Purpose:

To evaluate additional products for paint/ink removal from supplied products

Date Run:


Experiment Procedure:

Nine additional products were selected from the lab's database of test results based on client supplied information. One product was used at 30%, two products were mixed to 50-50 mix and the remaining seven were used at full strength. Each product was heated to 150 F in a 40 kHz ultrasonic tank. One golf ball was cleaned in each solution for 30 minutes. At the end of the cleaning, the ball was rinsed in a tap water spray for 15 seconds at 120 F and wiped dry with a paper towel. Observations were made and compared to the client's current cleaner. An additional 30 minutes of cleaning was included if the alternative started to remove the paint and ink.

Trial Results:

Alternative Observation
DBE 5/6 Slightly less removal of paint than Actisolv
Actisolv Little change from the previous trial at 130 F
  Still had paint left on golf ball
Inproclean 4000 T Excellent removal at 30 minutes. Paint could be peeled
  off along with the ink. Still had some paint left.  
  With additional cleaning time the alternative may have
  started to affect the plastic ball
Pinene No change in paint
Ionox HC2 Some coating may have been removed. Less shine
Bio T Max No change in paint
Soy Gold 2000 No change in paint
EP 921 Removed a lot of the paint; However the ball was
DS 104 Removed some of the paint.

Success Rating:

A follow up test, usually based on company input.


Only a few alternatives showed limited success in removing the paint from the golf ball.

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