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I've recently bought my first ID and have a problem with it. It took a little while to get right the appropriate amount of pressure to be exerted as at first I found the cards were very difficult to separate. But now I have the opposite problem: moving through the deck a lot of the pairs are not staying aligned, either jutting out a little or, in a couple of cases, just coming right out, even when I'm exerting what seems like ample pressure. Feeling the backs of these cards they feel a lot "less" (trying not to be too specific!) than some of the others that are still behaving,

I haven't had the deck for long: is this sort of thing normal? Does YKW wear away that quickly, am I just not handling them properly or have I simply got a dud deck? And if the first of these options is possible how I can avoid that happening again? As it's my first and I'm still fairly new to working with the technique I'm a bit at a loss. Any help gratefully received!
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It sounds to me like it is wearing away. If you take the pair apart and run your finger over the back, does it feel like it's still uniformly applied? I don't think it should be wearing off, perhaps it is a dud.

Are the cards developing a bow at all? If the backs aren't contacting, maybe that's lessening the ability of the pairs to stick together? I know sometimes new decks can get weird curves/bows when exposed to the humidity.

There are some threads on here which mention a couple of products available in stores near you. I'd pick myself up a spray can of one of them and try touching up the deck. You can apply as little or as much as you'd like depending on your preference of how you want it to handle.

Let us know how it goes!
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Of the pairs that aren't cohering properly almost all of them have one card which feels significantly *more* than the other. The only thing I can think of is that I hadn't touched the deck for a week or so and it was reasonably close to a source of heat, I don't know if that's something that can affect them? There's no bow to the cards, I do think it's just that disparity of the backing that's causing the slippage, but I don't know why that seems to have changed since I bought it.

I will hunt out one of the treatments you can get and try and salvage the deck. Many thanks for your help, much appreciated!
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Maybe there should be a how to video on adding/replacing the friction dust.
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