neurotic to wear gloves when handling figures?

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  1. herculesbeetle

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    I saw a website saying to handle figures wearing gloves.

    Nutty or what! or am i wrong thanks
     
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    If I know I have food/grease on my hands, I'll grab some hand sanitizer before I handle figures, mostly because I like to repaint them and it's difficult to clean and paint greasy-fingerprinted figures.

    But gloves might be a step too far.
    If someone comes over and wants to try to transform a figure, I'm not gonna make them wash their hands first.
     
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    Eh... I don't know. It's not completely without merit, if you're really concerned about preserving things. I mean, museum curators do this all the time, in order to prevent certain oils and what not getting on antiques. But it's a bit excessive when you consider how recently Transformers - even the original G1 stuff - were made.

    I wash my hands before handling my figures. I'd have to say I'd be a BIT weirded out if I saw a fellow collector using gloves for anything but the most rare and fragile vintage toys. :) 
     
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    I have a habit of washing my hands before handling toys. But gloves? Nope
     
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    I know that washing your hands in order to prevent getting food or dirt onto the figures is common (and I do that too), but gloves? Seems rather excessive to me.
     
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    how do you know the gloves are free of germs?
     
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    I don't think it's really "germs" that are the problem. Mainly it's the oils from your skin that can potentially damage certain substances, over the very long term.

    Also, you would wash these gloves, like you would other clothing. I've used them before, while volunteering at archaeological sites when I was younger, and at museums. They are made out of cotton, if I recall correctly.
     
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    neurotic to wear gloves when handling figures?

    Yes. They are toys, not museum pieces, and you won't see any effects from natural handling for years anyway. I'd be more concerned with temperature and sunlight.
     
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    This.
     
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    I tend to wash my hands of grease or anything after eating or handling/touching anything for that matter before handling a figure.
     
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    truth be told...there is one instance gloves might be warranted. And that is with silver chrome, which tends to pick up fingerprints rather easily at times.
     
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    I've thought about this and the yellowing effect of certain figures mainly Jetfire or other plastic white figures.
     
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    When a figure's out of the package, I've already 100% committed to the fact that it will never maintain the same condition it would have, if i had kept it in its box. So i'd say that's a bit much.
     
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    I wash my hands everytime I want to touch my figures, I don't use gloves because of that smell that it has... That's why I prefer to wash my hands
     
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    Why stop at gloves??!??

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    But seriously, there are only a few times wearing gloves wouldn't be weird, like handling figures with chrome, or gloss coats, since they attract fingerprints like its no ones business
     

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    Im not a kid anymore, so I dont think I will damage figures that badly by handling them...

    Some people do think hand oils damages figure more than sunlight or something like ziplok bags. Nothings is really confirmed though.
     
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    I would tend to do that for an extra precaution, I mean, I'm too lazy to look at the post and what type of transformers you play with. If it's masterpiece, I would be careful with everything and since sometimes tt has paint chip's and scratches, but just be careful.
     
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    Sure, it will help keep your toys in better shape but they are toys. Somehow, all my toys from childhood have lasted unless I purposely destroyed them (always regrettingly) and I don't recall ever wearing gloves or washing my hands just to play with them.

    These days, I think washing hands is a reasonable step to take but like someone mentioned, I'm not asking a guest to wash their hands just to touch a toy.
     
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    I've seen a lot of folks do it for figures with cloth, like Sideshow, Hot Toys or Mezco One:12, but for plastic stuff like Transformers, it's a bit much.
     
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