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Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jeremie » January 5th, 2010, 12:52 am

Ok, i know it's easier to just buy an other deck but what about my gaffs and gimmick cards paid usually 10 times price of a deck ?
Is there any solution to clean them and reflat them when they begin to getting soft, dirty and warppy ?

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 5th, 2010, 8:05 am

When oil and dirt gets into the sides of USPC cards... not much to do. The snap comes from the fibers of the paper layers - again not much to do when those go. One can carefully wipe and refinish cards to clean off some oils.

But flat vs warpy... there are card cases advertised which press cards flat.
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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Bob Farmer » January 5th, 2010, 12:12 pm

Try rubber cement thinning fluid for dirt. It doesn't affect the card and wipes off instantly. Also, don't put fanning powder on your cards (zinc sterate) it attracts dirt. Use powdered teflon sold by piano tuning companies.

For warped cards this sometimes works: faro shuffle half the deck face up into the other half face down. Place in a freezer overnight.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Pete McCabe » January 5th, 2010, 1:35 pm

I think you want to put the deck into a press or at least a cardcase before putting it in the freezer. Also don't leave a can of Coke in the freezer or it will burst, ruining your cards.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jeremie » January 5th, 2010, 2:51 pm

wow thats some nice advises :)
do you recommend a good press ?

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Seuss » January 5th, 2010, 3:27 pm

a cardcase + a metal card clip in the freezer works great
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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Bob Farmer » January 5th, 2010, 7:20 pm

Don't get in the freezer with the deck.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Pete McCabe » January 5th, 2010, 11:27 pm

This is just the kind of advice you can only get right here on the Genii Forum.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Bill Mullins » January 6th, 2010, 12:55 am

Don't get in the freezer with Bob Farmer.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Pete McCabe » January 6th, 2010, 1:49 am

See now that advice you can get anywhere.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jeremie » January 6th, 2010, 10:13 am

Should i eat the deck then ? ;)

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jim Martin » January 6th, 2010, 10:22 am

With such treated cards, avoid using the Donner Pass.
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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 6th, 2010, 11:56 am

Yuck, and I was just going to have lunch.
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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Silly Walter » January 6th, 2010, 1:39 pm

If you do step into the freezer with the deck, please be sure to say "Hi" to Walt Disney.
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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby mrgoat » January 6th, 2010, 1:52 pm

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Eoin O'hare » January 6th, 2010, 2:16 pm

Bob Farmer wrote:Don't get in the freezer with the deck.

It's easily done.
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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jeremie » January 6th, 2010, 2:38 pm

Well for my first thread on the Genii forum i sure have a lot of fun !

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jeremie » January 6th, 2010, 5:48 pm

i ll add a little advice for anyone trying the freezer thing as me, check the humidity level of your freezer, you may want to put your deck in a ziplock bag or wrapped in cellophane if you don't want your cards to soak all the humidity ;)

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby flynn » January 6th, 2010, 8:50 pm

Doing the half up half down Zarrow thing, with some extra cards totaling around 60 cards, placed in its card case should fix the warped cards in 2 or 3 days. You shouldnt have to Zarrow mix the cards any more so long as you keep the extra cards.

I keep a duplicate card along with 2 jokers, an advertisement card and an extra card or two in opposite colors for a color changing deck, red hot mama and other applicable effects.

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby Jeremie » January 6th, 2010, 11:30 pm

2 or 3 days, u mean in the freezer or just in their cases in normal condition ?

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Re: Tips on cleaning and reflating cards

Postby flynn » January 7th, 2010, 2:24 am

Jeremie, in it's case with no freezing. Also meant Farro not Zarrow btw.


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