Shuffling color transfer experiment - not oiled vs oiled

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I took two mint 6-stacks of Lady Luck Caruthersville $1s. One stack I left as is - the other stack I oiled.
I used 6-stacks just because they’re quicker for me to shuffle. I can shuffle a stack of 6 one hundred times, in about 3 minutes - it takes me almost twice as long to do that with a stack of ten.
So, I shuffled each stack 1,000 times. I expected the oiled chips would fare better, and I’d end up oiling all my chips. So far, no.
I’ll continue this - I’ll get another thousand shuffles on each stack and see how they look. And though they look similar, honestly, I think the oiled stack transferred color a bit more than the unoiled.
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Unoiled (with a mint chip in the middle)
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Oiled (with mint chip in the middle)
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This is prime content right here....
 

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Which oiling method did you use? I’m always surprised by just how much color comes off from oiling. It would be good to know that the comparison is between chalky mint chips and oiled chips with no factory dust.
 

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Which oiling method did you use? I’m always surprised by just how much color comes off from oiling. It would be good to know that the comparison is between chalky mint chips and oiled chips with no factory dust.
I put some mineral oil on a towel and just pinched the oil spot all the way around the chips. After about a half-hour, it looked liked the chips had absorbed all the oil, so I did it again. Left them to sit on a paper towel over night, then wiped them down.
The non-oiled chips weren't wiped down or dusted off or anything. I had merely taken them out of the shipping envelope and racked them.
 

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Curious to see results with oil water method and letting the chips dry for a few days
 

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Curious to see results with oil water method and letting the chips dry for a few days
All I can tell you is that these chips were dry. When I wiped them with a towel, it was just to make sure the inlays were clean. I was surprised that the chips didn’t feel oily.
 

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You need to develop an auto-shuffling mechanism to remove the human factor. For science. :D
It would be ideal. It occurs to me that 200 of my shuffles with the non-oiled chips were done with my left hand. Does that make a difference? I don’t know. But I think putting another thousand on each stack will help to reduce variables.
 

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I wonder if the oil is also picking up more grime from the environment (your fingers, the shuffling surface, floating dust, etc.)
Possible. That's always been a concern of mine with oil. All I can say is that my hands have been very clean and my surface is as clean as any playing surface is likely to be.
 

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Possible. That's always been a concern of mine with oil. All I can say is that my hands have been very clean and my surface is as clean as any playing surface is likely to be.
Using gloves will help eliminate the human element and zero in on color transfer. Maybe you need two studies. Plus a baseline.

Plenty of time these days for overkill, that's for sure.
 

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Using gloves will help eliminate the human element and zero in on color transfer. Maybe you need two studies. Plus a baseline.

Plenty of time these days for overkill, that's for sure.
If I had gloves, I'd auction them off, and use the money to buy some GOOD Paulsons.
 

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Yeah, I get it. I have a few extra rolls of toilet paper laying around, and have been eyeing a new Paulson ACF tourney set.
 

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Can we expect this to happen to the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau $1 chips? The spots are light blue, canary yellow and carrot (according to a photo that someone posted).

If so I may need to reconsider getting them...
 

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It's going to happen with ANY white chips if shuffled with dark chips (or chips with dark spots) or with dirty hands over a long period of time, especially RHC chips (which seem to get dirtier faster).

I have sets that have been played with for years without requiring cleaning.... although most are THC molds with no white chips....
 

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This just proves to me that I never want to own a set with white chips. 30 minutes of shuffling and they look like that? Jeez.
 

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Was not saying you were grimy sir. Oil picks up things including age. Just doesn’t look like chip color transfer.
 

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Was not saying you were grimy sir. Oil picks up things including age. Just doesn’t look like chip color transfer.
Not sure I agree with your assessment. The hats being untouched tend to indicate transfer vs oils and dirt/grime..
 

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try washing a stack with dawn an warm water then do that
Yep. Washing with no abrasion will remove it if it's grime or soiled oil. Won't touch it if it's color transfer.
 

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Did you clean the chips prior to the oiling and testing?
i always wash the chips prior, as there's always residue an clay dust on the chips prior i think this will prevent the color transfer , try it try it
 

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Washing mint chips seems crazy to me. But in the name of science . . .
 
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