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Mineral Oil

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Care' started by GameShaman, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. GameShaman

    GameShaman Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I have decided to oil the Milano's that I have on order now. I've searched high and low and I've seen references to "mineral oil" many times. Does anyone have a recommended brand to buy?

    If I were to go to Target or Walmart tomorrow, can I pick something up? What section of the store carries this stuff?

    Thanks!
    ~Jeff
     
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  2. abby99

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    Generic brands are fine. Mineral oil is found in the pharmacy section with the laxatives.
     
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    Lol, thanks for the quick reply abby! Will check Target tomorrow. Thanks!!! :happy:
     
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    I think that the Milanos have labels rather than inlays. If that's the case, you might want to oil the edges only so that the oil doesn't seep under the inlays and discolor them. Test a few chips before oiling the entire set.
     
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    Yeah there's no science here. The basic nature of mineral oil is that it has no odor - very simple stuff. It can be found in the pharmacy section, and typically you'll find a single brand.
     
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    your local drugstore will have it, use it VERY sparingly, their smallest bottle should be more than enough.
     
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    I have never found mineral oil, labeled as mineral oil, in all the stores I've looked. I see lots of baby oil, it's the same thing, only with fragrance added. I get mine at the local dollar store and one bottle should last you a lifetime of oiling.
     
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    Virgin baby whale oil is the cream of the crop of mineral oils.
     
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    baby oil, so your chips smell good :razz:
     
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    Try Walgreens, CVS, any other pharmacy, or supermarket or big box stored that have a pharmacy section. You'll find it with the other laxatives, labeled "Mineral Oil."
     
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    I bought a bottle a long time ago, I believe it was at Bed, Bath and Beyond (or some store like that) when I was buying a wood cutting board. I use it on my wooden cutting board and oiling my chips and have had it for years and still have half a bottle left.
     
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    X2. The trick is warm oil. I like to keep the whale alive while I work. You go through a few more whales this way but the colors really pop.
     
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    I agree that whale oil is a much better alternative even if it kills a few whales.
    Baby oil is actually superior because the chips absorb the oil more completely and the colors are brighter. But I just feel terrible for all the babies that had to be sacrificed just so I could have nicer poker chips.

     
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    Just remember, to properly apply it you need to use a baby seal pelt. Freshly killed is best :wink:
     
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    "A baby seal walks into a club...." okay, old joke.....

    [​IMG]
     
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    Being an Alaska native (aka eskimo)I have pretty easy access to muktuk (whale fat) and seal oil. The stuff is absolutely gnarly. Once gave some muktuk to a girl from
    Kentucky and she said "it tastes like an outhouse smells".
     
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    Mineral oil is best since it wont go rancid :razz:
    But even mineral oil has an expiration on the bottle.

    does anyone actually still sell whale oil :laugh:
     
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    Good call -- can't believe JM didn't suggest it. Actually I've found that virgin baby seal oil is a close second.
    :wink:

    ...sorry all you animal lovers, I have a warped sense of humor.

    ...2 of my kids are wondering why I am literally laughing to the point of tears right now. ....thanks JM, rtmunro, BGinGA, Fish -- I'll re-read these posts anytime I'm having a bad day. What a scream!
     
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    lol I can't believe someone else beat me to it!
     
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    Yes- food safe wood oil is another alternative to mineral oil found in the pharmacy section. I have a bottle of "Bamboo & Wood Oil" (Joyce Chen) that is pure mineral oil and has been perfect for all my chips.
     
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