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Topic: Smooth-spreading roughed deck
Message: Posted by: JustJohn (Mar 14, 2021 02:43PM)
I'm working on a version of a routine that calls for rough faces and smooth backs. I'm wanting to be able to spread the deck face up in a smooth fashion, but roughing fluid (I've been using spray) causes friction between the rough faces and the smooth backs so the spread is far from neat. All suggestions to help get to a smooth-spreading deck appreciated!
Message: Posted by: Deckhead (Mar 15, 2021 06:55AM)
Instead of spraying the entire back just fo the top half. Then when you want just move your thumb for depending on when type or spread you want. I do this all the time
Message: Posted by: JustJohn (Mar 15, 2021 01:07PM)
Thank you, Deckhead. My challenge is not with spreading a couple/few cards or even the whole deck in a fan. Rather, I want to be able to spread out the entire deck on my card pad from left to right to show the entire deck face-up. When I try with only half the face of each card roughed, spreading left to right doesn't work - it's just too sticky. The rough half of the face of each card just won't slide easily across the untreated backs. I've even tried roughing only 5 small dots on the faces, and it still tends to stick. I'm thinking fanning powder across the backs might help, but I'm not sure.
Message: Posted by: cigmas (Mar 16, 2021 04:04PM)
You could try polishing the backs to make them slicker. I used to make slick key cards years ago using Simonize car wax on the back.
Message: Posted by: inigmntoya (Mar 26, 2021 02:40PM)
[quote]On Mar 15, 2021, JustJohn wrote:
Thank you, Deckhead. My challenge is not with spreading a couple/few cards or even the whole deck in a fan. Rather, I want to be able to spread out the entire deck on my card pad from left to right to show the entire deck face-up. When I try with only half the face of each card roughed, spreading left to right doesn't work - it's just too sticky. The rough half of the face of each card just won't slide easily across the untreated backs. I've even tried roughing only 5 small dots on the faces, and it still tends to stick. I'm thinking fanning powder across the backs might help, but I'm not sure. [/quote]

You also mention you want rough faces and smooth backs.

What are you using for spray? How much are you applying? Are you letting things dry *completely* before reassembling the deck? They shouldn't be sticking that much.
Traditional roughing fluids/sprays/sticks require *both* surfaces to be treated for things to stick together.
The exception is Science Friction (or semi-equivalent substitutes). If you're using those, that's your problem.

Consider applying the roughing substance only on a band across the middle of the cards about an inch or so wide.
When spreading on the pad/table, you should be able to apply pressure to the top edges to ensure the cards separate.
Apply pressure to the middles when you want them to stick together.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Mar 28, 2021 08:14PM)
Greater Magic (remember that?), recommended using Simonize auto wax to generate a rough AND smooth deck.