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Hello! I have been trying to use the roughing stick to create a deck where all the cards are roughed only on one side. I want to be able to spread the deck on the table normally, but when a card/cards are turned upside down I want the card to stick to the next card (when the roughed sides touch). My problem after the first try of using the roughing stick is that all the cards seem to stick together. That is, the cards stick together even if only one of the touching surfaces is roughed with the stick.

Can I use the stick to accomplish what I want or is a roughing spary the only solution? Or should I try to let the cards dry for a longer period? I used medium pressure when applying. The roughed cards feel very sticky... my problem could also be that I used a worn out deck. Could this be an issue?

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I have never used the stick, but I have read that it only needs to be applied to ONE card to work. This is same as Science Friction, but different from roughing sprays.
Obviously sometimes we want cards to stick, and sometimes we want to be able to separate them.
The answer is to apply in a pattern, so that they will stick or separate according to where you press.
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Thanks! It seems that a spray of some sorts is the solution, because I want the cards to behave and spread in a normal way until some card/cards are turned face down, and then this would cause two roughed sides to contact and these cards stick together. The stick, as you said, makes a non-roughed card side stick to a roughed side.

Now the biggest problem is then the fact that e.g Krylon Matte Finish or Testor brands are not available in my country. Any magicians from Finland reading this? Smile
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Yes, you would need a roughing spray of some sort. When it comes to Robson's roughing stick, it only needs to be applied on one surface for it to work. That is, a roughed and a non-roughed surface will stick together. Presumably you're looking for something that ONLY allows a roughed and a roughed surface to stick (so that a roughed and a non-roughed surface don't stick).
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If the roughing is required on the backs of the cards, you could just buy an "invisible deck", and arrange the cards all the same way. It would handle more or less like a normal deck, and can be shuffled etc. But if one (or more) card is turned over it will adhere to the next card.

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