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Old 08-28-2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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Winds, what's kind of pricey? For 2 boxes of 250, I paid $2.50.

Yeah, we used to make them waterproof with nail polish in the Boy Scouts, too. When you just play with most of them and waste them, it really doesn't matter that they are waterproof, LOL.

After reading on the internet, it seems more like they are still legal to sell, but they got a bad rap, and stores don't want them on their shelves, and OBT may have gone out of business. Diamond is one of the only ones still making them. Them and the Redbird people.

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Old 08-28-2012, 02:27 PM   #12
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Winds, what's kind of pricey? For 2 boxes of 250, I paid $2.50.

Yeah, we used to make them waterproof with nail polish in the Boy Scouts, too. When you just play with most of them and waste them, it really doesn't matter that they are waterproof, LOL.

After reading on the internet, it seems more like they are still legal to sell, but they got a bad rap, and stores don't want them on their shelves, and OBT may have gone out of business. Diamond is one of the only ones still making them. Them and the Redbird people.
It's been a while since I bought them but I think it was about $2.69 a box of 250.
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Coating the matches also gives them some protection from humidity which will kill them. Seal them in a vacuum food bag for long term storage.

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It's been a while since I bought them but I think it was about $2.69 a box of 250.
Oh, OK, I think that's reasonable.....
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Clear nail polish works too and is easier because you don't have to melt anything and it just dipping it in the bottle keeps it to a light coat that comes off with easily as you strike it.
I might have to try that! I happen to have some extra clear nail polish...
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We have a local chain store here, Rural King, I bought 3 of the 250 count boxes on sale for .99 each. I also got,I think, 8 of the 50 count boxes for the same price. Will have to look this weekend to see what the regular price is.

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I might have to try that! I happen to have some extra clear nail polish...
I'll bet colored nail polish would work just as well. I can't think of any reason why only clear would work.
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LOL! I just bought 640 (20 boxes of 32) for $6.85.

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I've only read where people suggest wax, and not necessarily soft candle wax, to waterproof a match. Never met anyone who did it that way. Clear nail polish is well known and accepted. Basically a hard, thin, plastic coat. It doesn't melt. It doesn't soak oils into the head of the match, ruining it for when you need it most. Doesn't leave a trail of wax on the striker, ruining that, on your zipper (though maybe it needs lubrication), or whatever else you're rubbing it on.

Maybe Axxe was thinking of lipstick?

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I have heard of melted paraffin.

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