Oiling Chips Done Right

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Newbie here; just got my first set of CC's and just wanted to say thanks to @Trihonda - genius method. I can't believe the difference it made; the chips just POP now.

I managed to do 900 chips in about 2 hours. First a 30 min session to apply the oil and lay them out / pat them down with a lot of pressure -- and then after waiting ~4 hours, I hand wiped each chip (took about 90 min).

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Since you didn't wait 24/48 hrs until you wiped them off, how are they holding up? Have they faded yet? I'm about to knock out 1300 Majestics and am curious if I really need to let them soak in the Mineral Oil for 24's - I'm worried about the excess oil getting under the insert sticker.
 

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Since you didn't wait 24/48 hrs until you wiped them off, how are they holding up? Have they faded yet? I'm about to knock out 1300 Majestics and am curious if I really need to let them soak in the Mineral Oil for 24's - I'm worried about the excess oil getting under the insert sticker.
I wiped them off within 4 hours of doing it, and they turned out pretty good -- I only have 1 rack left though (I blame this place... sold almost all of them after I touched paulsons...)

that one rack has seen only 3 plays, but, it's been a few months and they look great. I can't imaging doing this more than once every couple years if the chips are getting regular usage. Maybe only one time honestly, and oil from hands will take care of the rest.

I definitely would not let them soak for a long time. I did the water/oil mix and they literally only got a 30 seconds bath per every 20 chips or so.
 
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Since you didn't wait 24/48 hrs until you wiped them off, how are they holding up? Have they faded yet? I'm about to knock out 1300 Majestics and am curious if I really need to let them soak in the Mineral Oil for 24's - I'm worried about the excess oil getting under the insert sticker.
Let them soak. Otherwise it will fade within a month and you will need to redo it.
 
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Very helpful post...any recommendations for older chips such as aces casino/royal flush (paulson's and blue chips) ? Have some chips that are both considered red but some are vibrant and some are very pale
 

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Very helpful post...any recommendations for older chips such as aces casino/royal flush (paulson's and blue chips) ? Have some chips that are both considered red but some are vibrant and some are very pale
Try oiling one, most will regain their color. Very light mineral oil and wipe off the excess.
 
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Holy hell.. I joined this forum to research and learn more about chips/values/what to use in a home game. Chips need to be thoroughly oiled and maintained?? What have I gotten into lol
Lol unfortunately yes... we wash every single chip by hand with a spot of dawn dish shop and a small piece of Mr clean magic eraser dry them all oil each one by hand leave them to dry and redry each one by hand... it's a real procedure!!!!!

Edit: shop ---- soap
 

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Holy hell.. I joined this forum to research and learn more about chips/values/what to use in a home game. Chips need to be thoroughly oiled and maintained?? What have I gotten into lol
Cheer up, it's not that tragic:)
-CPCs need to be lukewarm showered/wiped clean and oiled onlly once (out of the box ie). NOT an issue if you ordered just 1,000 or even more, if you have a chip-loving wife/partner. The emphasis is on her love for chips, not you:p
-Mint or lightly home-used Paulsons don't need any oil
-Filthy casino-used and seriously cleaned Paulsons require some oil.
-China Clays require lots of oil, probably repeatedly
-Plastics and "Ceramics" don't require any oil
If you hate oiling for some reason, go for Plastics, Ceramics, or mint Paulsons:D
 
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Cheer up, it's not that tragic:)
-CPCs need to be lukewarm showered/wiped clean and oiled onlly once (out of the box ie). NOT an issue if you ordered just 1,000 or even more, if you have a chip-loving wife/partner. The emphasis is on her love for chips, not you:p
-Mint or lightly home-used Paulsons don't need any oil
-Filthy casino-used and seriously cleaned Paulsons require some oil.
-China Clays require lots of oil, probably repeatedly
-Plastics and "Ceramics" don't require any oil
If you hate oiling for some reason, go for Plastics, Ceramics, or mint Paulsons:D
Side note.... we have found that lightly used sharp bccs (blue chip company) require extra oiling
Edit: or new bccs
 

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-China Clays require lots of oil, probably repeatedly
I don't think CCs require oiling... It just brings out their best right? If you chose not to oil them, they wouldn't fall apart or anything.

Also, this is the first I've seen the Mr. Clean Eraser referenced when cleaning the chips. I thought it was just Dawn and a damp microfiber cloth. Does the MCE scratch the clay?
 

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Cheer up, it's not that tragic:)
-CPCs need to be lukewarm showered/wiped clean and oiled onlly once (out of the box ie). NOT an issue if you ordered just 1,000 or even more, if you have a chip-loving wife/partner. The emphasis is on her love for chips, not you:p
-Mint or lightly home-used Paulsons don't need any oil
-Filthy casino-used and seriously cleaned Paulsons require some oil.
-China Clays require lots of oil, probably repeatedly
-Plastics and "Ceramics" don't require any oil
If you hate oiling for some reason, go for Plastics, Ceramics, or mint Paulsons:D
Paulsons for me then!! Sounds like they’re just plug and play! There seems to be a lot of similarities to chip collecting and reloading
 
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I don't think CCs require oiling... It just brings out their best right? If you chose not to oil them, they wouldn't fall apart or anything.

Also, this is the first I've seen the Mr. Clean Eraser referenced when cleaning the chips. I thought it was just Dawn and a damp microfiber cloth. Does the MCE scratch the clay?
No it doesn't scratch them at all!!! Its gentle on the surface but tough enough that the ones that are boogery or in our case some of our chips were black on the pink or yellow spots it cleaned them up nicely!! @Ben8257 and I have done his aces casino and my PCAs like that they come out nice most of the time
 

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I don't think CCs require oiling... It just brings out their best right? If you chose not to oil them, they wouldn't fall apart or anything.

Also, this is the first I've seen the Mr. Clean Eraser referenced when cleaning the chips. I thought it was just Dawn and a damp microfiber cloth. Does the MCE scratch the clay?
CCs "require" oiling if you want their colors to pop up. But nothing is really "required" in a hobby; humans are said to be able to survive without any poker chips at all... :)
WIth respect to cleaning, I am not an expert, since I have onlly acquired brand-new CPCs (just shower and soft-wipe, cleaning-wise), mint Paulsons, and casino-used Paulsons, already cleaned.
A few home-used Paulsons I got benefited from some cleaning too, which I did one-by-one, with a medium hardness toothbrush and American-type dish soap, marketed in southeastern Europe as "Fairy":D
For serious dirt/gunk and large numbers of chips, I guess an ultrasonic cleaning machine is indispensable.
 
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At most we've had some of the reds and greens (vibrant colors) bleed a slight amount and seems like we may be scrubbing the color away but they regain their shine and look good as new after a good oiling
 
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Paulsons for me then!! Sounds like they’re just plug and play! There seems to be a lot of similarities to chip collecting and reloading
Not necessarily. These are GPI "Paulson" monacos. Edges come chalky. I think i actually oiled all of these and the top two seem to have dried out some. They can get even more color, ill check when I get home later.

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I think i actually oiled all of these and the top two seem to have dried out some. They can get even more color, ill check when I get home later.
I have some darker blue Paulsons, and a few of them tend to dry out more so than other colors do. I have to re-oil the darker blue chips more often to keep the color dark & saturated.
 
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I have some darker blue Paulsons, and a few of them tend to dry out more so than other colors do. I have to re-oil the darker blue chips more often to keep the color dark & saturated.
Yeah i think it only happened with the blues. The rest seem fine.
 

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Holy hell.. I joined this forum to research and learn more about chips/values/what to use in a home game. Chips need to be thoroughly oiled and maintained?? What have I gotten into lol

"Need" is a very strong word. Despite what people here say, Chips 'need' nothing. They've been living in casinos being mistreated fine for years.

If you'd like your chips to be clean (get rid of the hooker juice) they can be cleaned via various methods read about on this site, and then possibly oiled.

However the TYPE of chip is significant. Paulson clays LIKE oil. Chipco ceramics do not. But NONE of it is --NEEDED--. All a matter of preference. The first chips I got long before I joined this foru got cleaned with a toothbrush and baking soda. Valuable chips (I would say 2$+ a chip) should -probably not be cleaned that way, but, honestly, you probably aren't doing any monetary damage
 
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