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Old 29.12.2017, 01:19 PM
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I've just purchased a genuine Wilson football. It says need to soak ball to get top layer off and then wax the ball to get the colour and tacky feel. Do I have to go and buy Wilson wax bar and brush £24! or can I use beeswax? Been trying to find out what wax Wilson use but getting no joy. Anybody know? Thanks.

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Old 29.12.2017, 08:41 PM
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I bought the Cardinals vs. Rams special version of the ‘Duke’ ball awhile a go and I know what you mean. It comes with a weird red pigment on it that you have to get off to use it or to give it the ‘correct’ colour. After reading some reviews of the Duke ball, but different version, I found out that the easiest way to do it without the kit is to get a slightly damp cloth, wipe a section and then brush it, repeating for the whole ball. I found that this worked really well and gave me the desired look. I’m looking at getting a normal NFL logo version, so I might try getting the Wilson kit to see if it gives a different result. I’ve never heard of re-coating it in wax.
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Old 29.12.2017, 10:08 PM
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Cheers for the reply Clude. Yeah it's a wax bar. You put it onto a hard brush and rub it into the ball. Gives it a tacky feel. It also protects the leather. Ive watched a couple of youtube videos but they use the Wilson wax which isn't that cheap for what it is.
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Old 30.12.2017, 12:26 AM
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My flag football coach prepares all our game balls, wrapped in a damp towel, small scrubbing brush and then dubbing and repeat.

I have a duke on display and have only done this a few times as it’ll never be used as a game ball.

If you want to mount it on the wall a ball claw displays it nicely.
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Old 31.12.2017, 03:18 AM
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I need to know about the wax. I want to throw it at some stage. Im not one for mounting the ball. I will want to throw it at some stage. £24 for a wax brick is a bit extreme though.

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Old 31.12.2017, 09:23 AM
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I need to know about the wax. I want to throw it at some stage. Im not one for mounting the ball. I'm old skool. Im ex Birmingham Bulls. Back in the late 1980s. Footballs are for throwing. £24 for a wax brick is a bit extreme though.
I think I mentioned an alternative to using wilson’s Wax. Dubbing!
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Old 31.12.2017, 03:58 PM
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Never heard of dubbing. My old man told me they used it on the old footballs and leather football boots. Sounds about right. Nice one. I will give that a go.

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