Fixing Over Oiled Chips

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Ok, so this thread isn't really for me. (Maybe it is). (It's not). Recently, lots of people have been talking in the original "Oiling Done Right" post. That post is huge and lots can be missed if you don't take the 7 hours and read through it.

Maybe you were like me and dumped a capful of oil into a rag and went at it, thus giving your first 8 chips 90% of a full capful of oil. Or maybe you just used too much.

Regardless, I'm curious to hear from those who feel they over oiled and what their method was to fix it. Could be that you realized right away, or maybe a month later after your felt looked like my pillow case from college (ewww).

So if you've got any info to help those poor, poor souls who find this thread after making a mistake, post it here!

Again, not really for me. (Might be for me). (It's not for me)
 

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Just let them sit on towel and wipe them down daily. If too bad, Ill mix them with dry chips and shuffle for am hour or two
 

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Leave them to dry out for a few days on paper towels like this:

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After a day out, take a paper towel and dab the faces while they're all out. If they're still too oily after a couple of days, grab a few rolls of paper towels and wipe off the excess oil, chip by chip. Make sure you've always using a relatively dry paper towel. I think I went through 3 rolls when I did my customs.
 

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So the trend seems to be to just lay them out on paper towels and then possibly wipe them down. I was also expecting someone to say that you should cover the top with another layer of paper towel and they put a book on top. But so far, the answers haven't been that involved.

Anyone know if ultrasonic’ing them would take the oil off?

What an interesting idea! I hadn't thought of that one yet. Curious if anyone has tried it...
 

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Leave them to dry out for a few days on paper towels like this:

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After a day out, take a paper towel and dab the faces while they're all out. If they're still too oily after a couple of days, grab a few rolls of paper towels and wipe off the excess oil, chip by chip. Make sure you've always using a relatively dry paper towel. I think I went through 3 rolls when I did my customs.

Holy crap! That orange is sick Matt! Is that the Dayglo Tiger or some other color.
 

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If you have too much oil on the chips immediately after initially oiling, either use the unoiled (or very lightly oiled) portion of your microfiber cloth, or a second microfiber cloth and lightly wipe them (prior to initial drying). The excess oil is absorbed by the cloth for future use, and the chips stay lightly oiled. Win-win.

If you are actually getting oil transfer onto your felt, then perhaps an ultrasonic bath (or a light wipe with isopropyl alcohol) might remove the excess.
 

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^^ This. If just wiping off the excess doesn't work, they need to be cleaned. Oil doesn't evaporate, so speading them out to 'air dry' is pointless.
 

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Leave them to dry out for a few days on paper towels like this:

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After a day out, take a paper towel and dab the faces while they're all out. If they're still too oily after a couple of days, grab a few rolls of paper towels and wipe off the excess oil, chip by chip. Make sure you've always using a relatively dry paper towel. I think I went through 3 rolls when I did my customs.
Matt, your chips are fabulous man!
 

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Leave them to dry out for a few days on paper towels like this:
After a day out, take a paper towel and dab the faces while they're all out. If they're still too oily after a couple of days, grab a few rolls of paper towels and wipe off the excess oil, chip by chip. Make sure you've always using a relatively dry paper towel. I think I went through 3 rolls when I did my customs.
^ +1 for this method. You can also flip the chips over after a day or two, so the top side of the chips also gets to rest on the paper towels or towels underneath.

Oils do evaporate, just very slowly.
 

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Mine were a bit heavy on the oil from the micro fiber I used, let them sit for a day and then gave them a good rub down with a fresh clean towel. Feels like they were in pretty good shape after that and don’t feel greasy at all.
 

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Say it with me:

“Only a few drops of mineral oil on a clean rag, and only a quick wipe on the rolling edge of a barrel.”

The oil will migrate into the chip. Every other method, including the oil-and-water “trick,” are wrong.
 

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Say it with me:

“Only a few drops of mineral oil on a clean rag, and a quick wipe on only the rolling edge of a barrel.”

Every other method, including the oil-and-water “trick,” are wrong.
I dont find that method works at all for chips that have been tsp'd and scrubbed, the entire face loses its color as the tsp dries it out and the oil tends to bring the color back to life
 

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I dont find that method works at all for chips that have been tsp'd and scrubbed, the entire face loses its color as the tsp dries it out and the oil tends to bring the color back to life
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I dont find that method works at all for chips that have been tsp'd and scrubbed, the entire face loses its color as the tsp dries it out and the oil tends to bring the color back to life
Then you’re likely using too much TSP and scrubbing too vigorously. I’ve cleaned ancient and filthy chips with an ultrasonic and a sparing amount of TSP, and oil was not required to finish the job and refresh the colors.

Gently does it. You can always clean a bit more, but you can’t go back.

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Definitely not using too much TSP. Maybe Paulsons are different in that regard?
 

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Then you’re likely using too much TSP and scrubbing too vigorously. I’ve cleaned ancient and filthy chips with an ultrasonic and a sparing amount of TSP, and oil was not required to finish the job and refresh the colors.

Gently does it. You can always clean a bit more, but you can’t go back.

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Some of our chips have been extremely dirty, and require alot of extra cleaning. We do not use an US, we wash everything by hand. So the ones that have gunk embedded in the hat and cane and outer ring of the THC need additional attention. Just seems to leave them dry when they are that dirty and have just been cleaned. I don't think its over exposure to TSP, as we are very careful with time and amount.
Everyone has their own preferences and what works for them :tup:
 
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