Asked on Oct 6, 2017

Looking for instructions to decorate bowling ball

RoxanegLinda SikutPat25910841


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  • your question got cut off. use the line under the title line to add more information. thanks!
  • Pat25910841
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I have the same problem. I keep dishes and bowls in mine . Put the things you most use in front and always put it back in the same place.Keep a flashlight handy. Good Luck!!!
  • Pat25910841
    on Oct 6, 2017

    sotry wrong question!!!
  • Linda Sikut
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I'm guessing that the rest of your sentence was 'bowling ball' I don't know why there are not simple directions, but here's one that seems pretty simple to me. You could use embellishments other than the one shown.

  • Roxaneg
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Decorating bowling balls? Probably because it is a specialty thing and it's a curved surface that makes sticking something to it a bit difficult.

    Whatever you do, remove the wax with rubbing alcohol, vinegar, denatured alcohol or lighter fluid. Then you have to sand the surface of the bowling ball to provide some tooth for paint or glue.

    You can fill in the holes with cement, epoxy, wood filler, Bondo. I usually fill it to one inch or so of the top with aluminum foil and then use Bondo. I also leave one hole alone so I can use a piece of rebar in it to keep it from rolling away on me. But how you do it is up to you.

    Use a plastic primer on it. Set the bowling ball on a can and paint away. Then paint it with the color of your choice. I've seen these done with metallic paints and Rustoleum's Epoxy finish and flakes. Once painted, you can seal it with outdoor poly. I use 3 coats. Since it's going to be outdoors, I make sure all my paint is outdoor quality.

    Mosaics? There are lots of different adhesives that work well. Thin-set mortar, construction adhesive, clear silicone or premixed concrete patch work for most things. Goop and silicone work for glass.

    Prepare the ball as you would for paint and lightly sand the backside of the mosaic pieces like metal. Glass and tile don't need to be sanded. Adhere the pieces according to your design and let the glue set up before grouting.

    Use a sanded grout. I like to put in a latex additive to the grout mix to help it stay put. Grout as you would tile and let it all set up before sealing.

    Bowling ball art should be taken in during the winter months in most locations to avoid the freeze-thaw cycle which will be death to the little mosaic pieces you carefully placed. It also plays havoc with paint.
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