New electric guitar strings seem to almost stick to the fingers, and within hours start to turn gray/black-ish in the spots I've played them most.
By contrast, lubricating and cleaning the strings with GHS Fast Fret (actually wrapping its cloth around each string and rubbing it thoroughly) before and after each time I play prevents them from getting sticky and keeps them cleaner. It might also lubricate the contact point between the strings and frets, reducing friction when bending.
I almost never see this subject discussed in interviews with accomplished guitarists. I realize each musician is different, but can you point to particular guitarists and what they do, if anything, about this? Does the skin on the fingertips of guitarists who play regularly get hardened enough that this stops being an issue?
Note: my hands are clean before playing.