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Cracked finger "cure" (Read 5582 times)

Offline Herve

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Cracked finger "cure"
« on: December 10, 2004, 12:43:55 AM »
If you are like me and during the winter have the skin on various parts of the finger cracking because of dryness and the excessive touching of piano keys, please try some stuff called "New Skin".  It's a liquid that smells amazingly like what airplane glue used to smell like.  (Maybe it still does, but I haven't smelled ariplane glue in 40 years).  There's another similar one by another name, too, but I can't remember its name and I haven't tried it, so I can't recommend it. 

I apply it to those remarkably painful little cracks that develop in my skin at and under the tips of my fingers (mostly 2nd) and on the skin near the "corners" of my thumb nails.  It takes about 10 minutes for each "coat" to dry and I unsually apply two coats. 

I can be back playing - pain-free -  the most demanding pieces in a remarkably short period of time, and I don't even know the stuff is there.  Compared to the nightmare of bandages, it's a dream come true.

I believe it was created as a bandage substitue - that's why it's at the drug store near the "band aids". 

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Re: Cracked finger "cure"
«Reply #1 on: December 10, 2004, 03:47:24 AM »
Thanks for the great advice.  My fingers really crack during the winter months.  I once saw a pianist use crazy glue.

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Re: Cracked finger "cure"
«Reply #2 on: December 10, 2004, 04:32:40 AM »
Cool.  I'll have to check that stuff out. 

I've used super glue and plain old tape.
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