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What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by Esh » Tue May 08, 2012 4:04 am

After having had a long haitus with Mahjong, I decided to get back into it only to discover that this had happened to my Japanese Dragon Set I got from the Mahjong mart way back

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17 of my tiles had obvious blemishes on the back, and almost all of them were bamboo tiles! Even a novice would notice this right away and figure out how to use it unfairly. At first, I thought it was maybe left over grease or fingerprints from someone's hand that just got uncleaned, but I noticed that the back was smooth on all of them, and one of the players made a comment that it appeared that the damage was from inside going out. Out of a strange hunch, I pulled out my Hong Kong tile set I got from a local import store, and lo and behold:

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Not only were ALL of the tiles suffering various degrees of the same damage, even tiles that were only cleaned and then put aside (the flowers and the Blue-boxed white dragons) were suffering from that same damage

I do live in the middle of AZ in a desert, so our current theory is that this is the result of heat damage. But I don't know what I'm going to do with the Dragon Tile set, as I happened to like that one a little bit more.

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by xKime » Tue May 08, 2012 4:39 am

First, I want you to know that you do not need to worry, this is perfectly normal. Second, I want to congratulate you.

Do you know what Adelheid (adh) is? Every mahjong player has a definite level of adh in them, and it's how you measure their strength at mahjong. It takes years of tough training and dedication to increase your levels of adh to a point where it becomes apparent. Your tiles are just responding to the massive amount of mahjong energy that is emanating from yourself. I would say by the damage on the tiles, that you rose to about 500 adh. That's a really high number for a non-Japanese, and especially for a non-politician. Some people are just born this talented, so I salute you. You should keep training to get at least 1000 adh and begin attempting your first gomoupai.

Now, you should be really careful, as people with lower levels of adh will suffer physical damage when they play against you. Right now you're only at 500, so they will only experience a headache, but as you rise in level they may suffer from more severe damage such as inner hemorrhage.

For more information refer to this very professional chart:

Very Professional Chart (Looks Legit)
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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by Esh » Thu May 10, 2012 7:24 am

Smart Alec. ¬ ,¬

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by xKime » Thu May 10, 2012 9:06 am

Or you should follow Barticle's suggestion, and get a set of depleted uranium tiles.

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by Barticle » Thu May 10, 2012 11:40 am

That would work in the short term, but once your Adelheid count is over 9000 even those become vulnerable! :shock:

I did find Kime's response very funny but you do have my sympathy. A mahjong set is a precious (and often quite expensive) thing and it's not nice when it gets messed up, especially if it makes it effectively unusable. :(

I'd assume that the cause of the discolouration would depend on whether the tiles are made from two parts bonded together (in which case it could be a reaction in the adhesive or between two different materials) or a single piece with the backs painted (where the colouring might've reacted over time, possibly with residue left by natural skin oils). Judging by the appearance I'd guess the former, but this is all speculation. I have a vintage set with bamboo backs where there are dark marks at the ends of some tiles, presumably where glue has seeped out along the "grain" over time (prior to my purchase).

I'd always be wary of prolonged exposure to heat, cold, light, damp and maybe even dryness.

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by sasuraiger » Fri May 11, 2012 5:49 am

Also, for what it's worth, when I got a Dragon tile set blemishes like that started to happen just about as soon as they came out of the wrapping.

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by Barticle » Fri May 11, 2012 3:05 pm

It's a radical suggestion, but I wonder if continued exposure to the same (or worse) conditions might cause the effect to eventually spread until all the tiles are equally and evenly discoloured...?!

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by xKime » Fri May 11, 2012 11:54 pm

Barticle wrote:It's a radical suggestion, but I wonder if continued exposure to the same (or worse) conditions might cause the effect to eventually spread until all the tiles are equally and evenly discoloured...?!
Practical men like you have improved this world. I'm not surprised, but I'm impressed.

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by Esh » Sat May 12, 2012 10:26 am

Barticle wrote:It's a radical suggestion, but I wonder if continued exposure to the same (or worse) conditions might cause the effect to eventually spread until all the tiles are equally and evenly discoloured...?!
Funny you mention that. For the last three days, I've been running experiments on three different tiles.

Control group = Wiped it down with rubbing alcohol, and just left it sitting in the corner
Sun group = Thinking it might be heat damage, I put the tile out in the blazing hot sun
Grease group = Considering it might have been acidic damage from food or finger prints, I prepared a meal of incredibly greasy finger food, ate, didn't wash my hands, then I just rubbed the back of the tiles.

Results? Not a darn thing. It's only been three days though, but the tiles haven't even exhibited a slight change in backing. WHY bamboo tiles?! WHY?

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Re: What happened to my tile's paint?

Post by Referee » Sat May 12, 2012 10:53 am

I must congratulate you for using a control group. Always use a control group. :)

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