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Each to his/her own, but for me the feel of the bricks is part of the pleasure.
If you're worried about keeping the bricks oil/dirt free, washing your hands before building will help. Failing that, buy a spare of every set you build and keep it MISB.
But I guess someone with more scientific background would need to chime in here.
I figured that the natural oils on my hands wouldn't affect the plastic at all, but it's one of those things...once I thought of it, it was kinda like "that's...kind of gross. I hope I'm not leaving residue on my bricks, lol."
But @drdavewatford you're right, the feel of the bricks themselves is part of the experience. Were I ever to take my building to the extreme of wearing gloves, I can't imagine it would be all that fun anymore.
And @flump, sometimes I'll wash my hands between numbered bags as well...which could explain why they're so dry, lol. To each his own, I guess.
But hearing that you guys feel this is over the top is reassuring. Thanks!
Handling the bricks, so long as my hands are clean, nothing permanent can occur.
When are you available for my next session?
I'm a LEGO-loving glove-wearing freak.
It never fails to amaze me how much dust and dirt there can be on minifigs etc. when I snap them with the macro lens, even when they look pristine to the naked eye.
I used to get terribly dry hands but now I use this stuff, which leaves your hands lovely and soft :-)
@caperberry - Yes! At least I don't feel so crazy for seriously considering it!
@Huw - That looks intriguing. I wonder if I can rustle some up in the States...
No gloves for me.
I got into the habit of wearing cotton gloves when handling collectable coins and optical components (two other things I've bought/sold before to support my hobbies) so it was a natural extension to do it for LEGO.
Yea, that is OCD, and while there is nothing wrong with it, I actually prefer my Lego builds to not be "perfect", I think it almost looks nice being "natural". :)
It's probably good that I'm the minority of the minority, here. Otherwise we'd have entire threads dedicated various kinds of gloves, air purification systems, acrylic displays and even LEGO grading systems.
Eh. It takes all kinds. ;-)
EDIT: I just read the other comments on obsessive and compulsive... I don't consider myself either... I dunno, it just bothers me.
Also... I have yet to find a build that allows me to align ALL the LEGO logos :(
As to the last point, it is possible, but the builds tend to be rather boring!
Quite expensive for 24 pairs.
I grant that they are still more expensive than latex/nitrile, but you can get multiple uses out of a single pair.
They cost about $2/pair which makes them affordable to just about anyone :-)
(And apparently not the only one.)