Useful bit of information from the SSS seminar about rigging.

New lines/ropes are treated with sizing (?) for it to be slick and make the material easier to manipulate when splicing. Exposure to moisture is enough to make this treatment disappear. Rigger's have strong preference for new unused, and not exposed to moisture ropes.

Old stuff will have you fighting an uphill battle. Maybe be OK for traditional splices but new stuff is different.

Just wanted to add this in case anyone just reads this thread and not every other thread on the forum.