Can Bowling Balls Be Painted?

Bowling balls can be painted or resurfaced, but if it is a USBC sanctioned league then the bowling ball will be illegal to use if you paint it.

Bowling balls can be painted with a single color or multiple colors, or decals may be painted on them with complex designs. A player’s bowling league status can be highlighted. Research it whether your bowling ball and paint are compatible with each other before applying the paint, and if the bowling alley will let you use it once it’s painted.

Unless they allow you to play with it, you can still use the ball as decoration.

Things to Prepare for Painting Your Bowling Ball

To paint a bowling ball, you don’t even need to buy anything special, you can just go down to your local hardware store and get some necessary things:

  • Buy some spray paint that’s appropriate to use on bowling balls.
  • Lay newspaper below the ball to catch any overspray.
  • Sandpaper will help you to remove old paint from the bowling ball. Use enough water when you use the sandpaper on the ball. You can find these at any home depot. Evenly polish the ball.
  • Many people paint their balls at home without even wearing an ordinary dust mask, but one thing you should be aware of is that some paints are toxic if inhaled. Work in a well-ventilated area or with a respirator if you can.
  • If you’re painting your ball at home, you can use a pencil to draw the design on the ball. This is actually how pro shops often paint bowling balls for competition. You don’t want to take any chance that you’ll ruin your expensive custom-logoed ball by painting it incorrectly!
  • Strips inside the holes of bowling ball to avoid paint getting in could be useful. Most people don’t fill in holes after they’ve been drilled, so it’s best to avoid overspray or uneven coats.
  • Use masking tape or painters’ tape to cover all the markings on your bowling ball. Painting over them will make it hard for anyone to tell what kind of ball they’re looking at, but ripping off the stickers afterward could damage the finish.
  • You may restore the color of engravings on your bowling ball with an acrylic paint pen.

How Do You Paint a Bowling Ball?

If you have a logo on your ball or if you have some special design on it, you can simply take regular spray paint and paint over the old design. Of course, if you’re doing this to look cool, don’t paint it up all crazy.

When you get your bowling ball painted, make sure to take extra-good care of it for a few weeks or months after painting it. You’ll need to see how the new paint job holds up and whether or not you’re going to have to repaint the thing over again.


What Kind of Paint to Use on Bowling Balls?

If you want to be absolutely sure that the paint on your bowling ball is going to hold up, then you can go with something that’s approved for bowling ball use.

You’re going to need to remove the old paint first so that you have an even surface to work with. Then, apply the new paint and let it dry. You should probably do two or three coats to be sure of the results.

How Can You Tell If Your Bowling Ball Can Be Painted?

If it is a USBC sanctioned league that you are playing in then the bowling ball will likely be illegal to use if you paint it. But maybe you can play it at your local bowling alley – we would recommend to ask about it before painting any of your bowling balls.

There is no set standard on whether or not you can paint your bowling ball. It is recommended to consult with your local bowling ball expert or shopkeeper before doing anything.

Can You Use Acrylic Paint on a Bowling Ball?

If you want an answer that’s clear-cut and easy to understand, then you’re probably not going to get one. This is because there is no rule against using acrylic paint on your bowling ball.

However, if the acrylic paint has any kind of solvents in it, then it’s probably not going to be approved for use with bowling balls. This is because solvents can damage things like reactive resin cores.

Painting Decals on the Bowling Ball

If you are a serious, competing bowling player, be aware that whether or not you can paint a decal onto your bowling ball is also going to depend on the rules of the league that you play in.

Different leagues have different rules, so make sure to contact the league manager or other official to find out whether you should be painting a decal onto your ball.



It is possible to paint a bowling ball, but many people say that it’s not worth the hassle. If you’re going for a custom touch or want your ball to look better than new, go ahead and try painting it!

But if you just need something quick and easy, we have plenty of pre-painted balls in our inventory. Check the bowling balls before painting yours so we can make sure it will work well for you.

Recent Content