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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby iowapat » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:24 am

Steady 26542 wrote:
Trey133 wrote:Putting discs in a sack or w/ towel in the dryer for 15-20 minutes. This is an easy way to gently season a disc from all angles. I usually do putters and midranges with this method as I don't want to risk denting/deforming them.

With Drivers usually deflashing and a very light sanding can make a world of difference.

I do the same thing. I put the drying on no or low heat. This can put a ring around the edge of the disc so experiment with this. I have only used a towel. I like the bag idea. It is pretty loud too.


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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby jubuttib » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:39 am

Is there any chance of causing damage to the dryer?
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby Trey133 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:04 am

So far *knock on wood* this isn't affecting my dryer at all :)
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby iowapat » Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:36 am

jubuttib wrote:Is there any chance of causing damage to the dryer?


maybe...that's why I said laundromat :wink:
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby jubuttib » Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:16 pm

iowapat wrote:maybe...that's why I said laundromat :wink:
I'm not sure those exist over here... Never seen one at least.
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby Steady 26542 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:38 pm

iowapat wrote:
Steady 26542 wrote:
Trey133 wrote:Putting discs in a sack or w/ towel in the dryer for 15-20 minutes. This is an easy way to gently season a disc from all angles. I usually do putters and midranges with this method as I don't want to risk denting/deforming them.

With Drivers usually deflashing and a very light sanding can make a world of difference.

I do the same thing. I put the drying on no or low heat. This can put a ring around the edge of the disc so experiment with this. I have only used a towel. I like the bag idea. It is pretty loud too.


That's what laundromats were made for...

I'm not going to throw my quarters away at the laundry mat. Plus, those places are scary. :lol:
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby Steady 26542 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:40 pm

jubuttib wrote:Is there any chance of causing damage to the dryer?

Not at all. Plastic doesn't normally do too much damage to metal. :D
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby jubuttib » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:37 am

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jubuttib wrote:Is there any chance of causing damage to the dryer?

Not at all. Plastic doesn't normally do too much damage to metal. :D
Depends entirely on how sturdy said metal is. I usually make it a practice not to put hard objects into machines meant to handle soft and pliable ones. =)
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Re: Best way to break in a disc?

Postby Mark Ellis » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:41 am

For sure the BEST way is the natural way by just playing with it. You get the most life out of the disc and can use it at each of its stages.

But we know that understable drivers and mids will fly around a blind corner and bury themselves so we need to replace them all too often. And any version of candy plastic may take years to break in to the level we need it for particular flight patterns.

To speed up the process, the first step is to FOLD the disc. Bend it backwards on three different lines then bend it forward on three different lines. Then do it again and again then straighten out the rim and test it. When you fold a disc fold it to a full taco, even creating a crease line if you can. The slight warping of the rim from this process will cause it lose stability. If the folding causes more warpage than you want just run it under very hot water and the plastic "memory" of the disc will flatten it back out.

If folding doesn't get the disc where you need it then take it to a parking lot and play games with it. Closest to the trash can with air shots, skip shots and overheads. These will gouge the rim up (which btw, I happen to believe that gouges don't do much to change stability however when you sand off the gouges, especially from the bottom bead, it does).

The issue exists whether any particular method of breaking in a disc violates PDGA rules. It is my opinion that the methods I mentioned above are proper, legal and ethical.

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