Oil Mint Chips?

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Does anyone oil mint chips? Does oiling them make them any less "mint"? I have a few racks of mint chips and am thinking of oiling them to bring out the colors. Any suggestions?
 

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Does anyone oil mint chips? Does oiling them make them any less "mint"? I have a few racks of mint chips and am thinking of oiling them to bring out the colors. Any suggestions?

What type of chips do you want to oil?
 

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I wouldn't but in the end it would be personal preference.

I don't know if oiling degrades the status of the chip down from mint. I can not think of another collectable where you could adulterate the item and still get a "mint" grade. Maybe chips are special? I do think that anything other than a perfect oil job would surely degrade the quality of the collectable.

Keep in mind that I put my mint chips on the felt, so I am a heathen and offer tainted opinions -=- DrStrange
 

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Keep in mind that I put my mint chips on the felt, so I am a heathen and offer tainted opinions -=- DrStrange

I don't use my mint chips in games, and always wash my hands before handling them. LOL!

My buddies would probably laugh at me if I had told them how much I paid for the chips just to put them on display.
 

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I don't understand this conversation at all - not play chips how so you do that?

Oil, make Em pop and play Rinse and repeat as much as possible before u die

he who does this the most WINS!

Aussie Geoff
 

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It's all personal preference. Some will say it doesn't matter, some will say it does and some will say it's only cosmetic.

If you plan on using them I say oil them. If they're sitting there just leave them until you sell them or plan on using them.
 

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I agree that if you're going to play them, you should oil them.

Personally, if they were mine and I were not planning to play them, but was planning to keep them, I would still oil them to improve appearance.

The only way I don't oil them is if I have them in order to resell - in which case, there's a chance being unoiled seems more valuable to a collector, and even if not, my painstaking and anal-retentive efforts to do a perfect oiling job are probably not going to give me any return, anyway.

But I have yet to acquire a clay chip that I intend to resell.
 

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Question for you guys; does oiling brand new, mint chips expand them? I just received my Rounders chips and oiled one barrel. A day later, all of the chips have a bit of wiggle room in the racks except for the barrel that was oiled. That barrel now fits in very snug and doesn't move.
 

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One needs to fondle the chips. One needs to handle the chips. One needs to play with the chips. One needs to enjoy them chips. So I say, oil them. They want it.
 

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Question for you guys; does oiling brand new, mint chips expand them? I just received my Rounders chips and oiled one barrel. A day later, all of the chips have a bit of wiggle room in the racks except for the barrel that was oiled. That barrel now fits in very snug and doesn't move.

This is the first I've heard of it if it does.

Did you oil a mixture or one color? Different base color chips can sometimes have different thicknesses.
 

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This is the first I've heard of it if it does.

Did you oil a mixture or one color? Different base color chips can sometimes have different thicknesses.

I oiled one barrel of the hundies. And put them in a rack with the rest of the hundreds that came in the same chip box. Not a big deal to me, just I haven't really heard of that.
 

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I oiled one barrel of the hundies. And put them in a rack with the rest of the hundreds that came in the same chip box. Not a big deal to me, just I haven't really heard of that.

How much oil did you put on them? lol I imagine a slight amount of residue could temporarily affect the chips and how they fit in? I noticed that after wiping off the dirt of my thicker CPS chips, and shuffling them a couple times, that the dust being knocked off usually allowed them to fit into the racks a tad easier.
 

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How much oil did you put on them? lol I imagine a slight amount of residue could temporarily affect the chips and how they fit in? I noticed that after wiping off the dirt of my thicker CPS chips, and shuffling them a couple times, that the dust being knocked off usually allowed them to fit into the racks a tad easier.

Well the brand new, un-cleaned, un-dusted chips fit into the racks easier than the dusted, oiled ones. I used a very very very slight amount of mineral oil just on the tip of my index finger and touched each chip in the one barrel. It wasn't a significant amount at all. I also wiped off a bit of the dust off each of those chips with a bristle brush as well. And now those oiled chips fit into the rack, but its a much tighter squeeze than all the other untouched chips.
 

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When I oil, I sparingly oil only the rolling edges, and let handling during play do the rest.
 

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Oiled my first ever set of customs ASM's and have never oiled a chip since.

Found that the oil - while it made the chips look great for that first game, did not much more than make them better dirt and grime magnets. Fingers will also do this over time but the oil certainly sped up the process IMO.
 

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When I oil, I sparingly oil only the rolling edges, and let handling during play do the rest.

this for sure. having gone all three routes - oil edge and face, oil only rolling edge, and not oiling at all - i greatly prefer a very, very light oiling of just the rolling edge. anything on the face is too much in 99% of circumstances imo.

the only exception to this for me has been a set of hotstamped MGKs which were drier than hell and needed some moisture on the faces. i probably could have just done the edges had i planned to put them in play, but god knows when i'll get a tourney set in play again next, so i oiled the faces as well and a couple weeks later they looked phenomenal with the oil having soaked in quite nicely.
 

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....slight amount of mineral oil just on the tip of my index finger and touched...

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I've had very limited chip oiling experience, but I would also say my favorite way is just oiling the edges. It makes such a difference on the edges as far as the colors popping when in stacks as opposed to the faces which the difference isn't that dramatic, plus you don't run any risk of getting to much oil on the inlay. It also has the benefit of being quicker and easier compared to oiling the faces, just grab a barrel and a very lightly oiled rag and go to town, quick and clean.
 

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I've had very limited chip oiling experience, but I would also say my favorite way is just oiling the edges. It makes such a difference on the edges as far as the colors popping when in stacks as opposed to the faces which the difference isn't that dramatic, plus you don't run any risk of getting to much oil on the inlay. It also has the benefit of being quicker and easier compared to oiling the faces, just grab a barrel and a very lightly oiled rag and go to town, quick and clean.

Yea I usually do that with the two other Paulson casino sets I have. I wasn't actually oiling my Rounders CPC set, just wanted to get a touch of oil on a barrel to see what's up. Plus, the inlays on these are textured just like the rest of the chip, so I didn't really think getting any oil on those parts would be a problem. And like I said, it was barely anything at all.
 

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Yea I usually do that with the two other Paulson casino sets I have. I wasn't actually oiling my Rounders CPC set, just wanted to get a touch of oil on a barrel to see what's up. Plus, the inlays on these are textured just like the rest of the chip, so I didn't really think getting any oil on those parts would be a problem. And like I said, it was barely anything at all.


I was just talking in general, not that you did it wrong or anything. I haven't done many, I just know I'm way to lazy to oil the faces, I like to grab 20 or so and do them all. I also think very light oil is the way to go like you say you where doing. When I say I used an oiled rag I got it "oily" by putting a little oil on my clean hands and then kind of wiping my hands with the rag. I just kept doing that and then wiping a chip with the the rag until I could see that there was enough oil on the rag to transfer onto the chip. Less is so much more when oiling chips.
 

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Chedds,
Did you try placing them in a different section of the rack? Some racks tend to have slightly narrower barrels in some sections.

Mike
 

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Chedds,
Did you try placing them in a different section of the rack? Some racks tend to have slightly narrower barrels in some sections.

Mike

Yea just now actually. Put the oiled barrel in every section of the 4 racks I'm using for the Rounders chips. Same results. Really seems like the (mineral) oil expanded them.
 

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Very very weird.

I've oiled some of mine, and have not seen any sort of expansion what so ever.

Mike
 

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Very very weird.

I've oiled some of mine, and have not seen any sort of expansion what so ever.

Mike

So I oiled 3 more barrels (one of each denom 25, 100 and 500) and they don't seem to have "expanded". So Maybe it was just that one barrel that was already SLIGHTLY larger than all the other chips? I don't know. I'm vexed.
 
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