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Steph touched on this topic in another thread...

Why do some Ebay Seller's marbles all look so darn Glossy???

Hypothetically speaking...I suspect they are clear coating them with a product like

Liquid Glass car polish or the like.

I have also heard of waxed marbles drying out and the gloss flakes off.

What are some tricks others have heard of???

& what to watch out for??

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no trick involved in my using cheesecloth mark. it brings out the luster of a mib better than a jewelers cloth or anything else i've used. home displays and on the road. doesn't " hide" a thing ... shines em fine B) ... bill

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My thoughts about clear coating marbles were pretty much limited to ceramics.

Might be able to find a better example in a tour of ebay but here's a hint of the unnatural gloss I started seeing a couple of years ago, I guess it was. I posted these in August of 2007. Compare the shiny brown ones to the non-shiny white ones.

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And there were many weird reflections in different marbles in this thread which Paula commented on, Some Dug China's. Even that bull's eye in one of the close-ups. Looks like the hair on it is stuck under hairspray. The gloss on the felt tip mibs isn't "glaring" but why is it there at all?

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The reason I ask....

There is an Ebay seller (Not MarbleAlan)who sells 50 or 60 marbles a month.

They have 100% positive feedback. 95+% of their listings the marbles look dripping wet.

Almost oil covered. They just look to good to be true. It has me wondering...

I will not name names here but if anyone wants to discuss it PM me.

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