Does oil increase tackiness on rubbers?

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Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Asked 2 years ago

Hihi Pingskills, this video claimed that oiling and letting it stand will increase the tackiness. Is it true? 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ys13rLMzezM

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago

Hi Benzene,

Definitely not something that I recommend.  It is also illegal to tamper with the qualities of the rubber.


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Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 2 years ago

Thanks coach!


Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 2 years ago

Hihi Coach, is the idea of applying a layer of glue above the surface of the rubber instead of oil a better idea to increase tackiness?


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 2 years ago

Have you considered flypaper?

I'm kidding of course, and I guess so are you when you write about putting glue on the top sheet?


Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 2 years ago

Actually, I've no idea... 


Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 2 years ago

Because I was thinking of taking a dead rubber to experiment, but at the same time... Never mind.


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 2 years ago

If it's a dead rubber and you don't plan on using it in a competition, you can try the oil thing, but start with small amounts or you might ruin it totally. There are also mutliple rubber cleaners / rejuvenators avalable on the market, like Falco Life Expander, but their effect is limited. They are more usefull to help preserving the grip of a rubber getting older (i'm talkings weeks or months here, not years), not to ressucitate completely dead ones.


Rohan I am

Rohan I am Posted 2 years ago

Hi Benzene, your experiment results would be interesting. However, as Alois and Jean pointed out, you cannot use an altered rubber in competition so it would just be for fun/interest sake.  From a competition/rules perspective, a dead rubber is a dead rubber is a dead rubber.



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