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Posted 10/2/2012 by roctavio in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:28:37 AM
I am not sure if this is normal or if I am doing something wrong, but I have some rubber stamps (some of which I have yet to even use) but they seem to be drying out or maybe just turning a bit white in some areas. Is that normal? Do I need to keep them stored in plastic bags to keep moisture or something? It only seems to happen to the rubber stamps and not the clear ones.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:53:27 AM
Different companies have/use different rubber formulas. Showing 'white' is not necessarily a problem. Rubber hates 'heat' so don't expose them to high temps on a regular basis. Same for freezing temps.

I sometimes give my older rubber a wipe with a glycerin product. A good hand lotion works. My fave is 'Cornhuskers Lotion'. Rub it into the stamp. Let it set for an hour or 2 & wipe the stamp. HTH


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Posted: 10/2/2012 12:42:59 PM
Thanks for the info! I don't think I am exposing them to too much heat, but maybe my work space can get a bit warm over the summer. So just because the color is changing, it does not mean that they are drying out? I mostly have Fiskars stamps.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:18:20 PM
The only other thing I can think of is if you are cleaning them with something that causes the rubber to dry out. Do you clean them after use? And, if so, what do you use?
Then again, if it is happening to ones you haven't even used yet, then probably you haven't cleaned them yet either.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:15:55 PM
I typically just use a baby wipe to clean them, but yeah some of them have never been used. I guess that so long as they still stamp well it should not matter; and so far they have. I was just wondering if I was doing something wrong. Thanks though. I will look into 'Cornhuskers Lotion'

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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:16:04 AM
'Roc'. I don't believe you're doing anything 'wrong'. I have rubber from lots of different mfrs. Some seem more prone to 'whiten' than others, but none have actually 'dried'.

I have cleaned stamps with rubbing alcohol & polish remover containing acetone. None has ever shown any signs of deterioration. When I use those type 'cleaners', I always follow up with a bath in mild soap & warm water. Then rinse in warm water to remove any residue.

If you want to give your rubber a 'conditioner', look for hand lotions that contain glycerin.


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