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Refinished Golf Balls - What they are and the Process they undertake
A refinished golf ball is a used golf ball that has undergone a reconditioning process to bring it up to a like-new quality.
The refinishing process can be quite complex if the company carrying out the refurbishment is high-end. Some refinishing companies simply coat the balls with a lightweight protective sheen after they have washed the balls. This is very basic refinishing and does not bring golf balls to a like-new standard.
A full refinishing process uses state of the art next generation equipment to chemically clean the golf balls in a safe environment. This removes all markings, discoloration, and staining from them using a chemical remover. The surface of the ball is then professionally 'roughed'. This involves a mechanical process that strips a small amount of the outer layer off of the ball, exposing a new layer of surface.
Next, the balls are quality-checked to remove all damaged balls. This ensures onto the top grade of refinished golf balls remain.
Balls are then primed, as they would have been during original manufacturing, giving them shiny, smooth surfaces. They are then re-printed with the manufacturer's markings - both brand name and model - and finally, a protective sheen is glossed over the top of the balls.
Refinished golf balls, hence, are professionally re-manufactured golf balls.
There is debate as to whether or not the playability of the ball is affected. Refinishing companies will tell you they play like new balls. They do, however, also say that they are not backed by manufacturers' specifications and may not perform like the original ball. So, while they may look and play like new, they may not behave in the same way the brand would as new.
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