Boiling plastic in water to remove stress marks

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  1. Paladine

    Paladine Well-Known Member

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    I read in a KO review thread that somebody was going to boil their toy in water to remove the stress marks. Sounds like a neat idea right?

    I tried it last night to see what would happen. I took a brown piece of plastic (not transformer) and using a few wrenches bent it and created a white stress mark down the middle. Mission accomplished. I was boiling water for some pasta at the time so I thought "well I'll just dump the used water into a container and put the plastic in there."

    I left the plastic piece to sit in the used pasta water for about 20 minutes while I ate and checked on it. It didn't work :( 

    Oh well I thought - let's try it with real boiling water in a pan. Put a little water in a pan, boiled it up and dropped the plastic in. I checked back a few minutes later and I didn't notice the stress marks. So I took it out with thongs and it seemed to work! The white was gone and the brown had been restored.

    Now to test on a real transformer, but I imagine it will work there as well. The only thing I'm concerned about are the stickers. If I dunk a stickered toy in there I imagine the stickers will be destroyed. I guess I'll find out in my next test. Reprolabels to the rescue if the stickers fail.
     
  2. Hot Shot.

    Hot Shot. Giving up on the fiction.

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    Why not just hold it close to a space heater or a blow dryer? I use my space heater and it always gets the job done.

    I think you're making things more complicated than they should be.
     
  3. The Dark Seeker

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    What if I have neither?
     
  4. mx-01 archon

    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    Then use a microwave.

    That'll certainly get rid of stress marks. And the toy :p .

    You have to be careful with the boiling water method, though. That much exposure to heat also leaves the plastic quite susceptible to warping.

    With the hairdryer, you can actually see the change in the plastic colour, so you know exactly when to let off.
     
  5. beangrower

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    then i guess you're not rocking the avalon....

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  6. joebot.

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    Buy a cheap hairdryer. I bought some vintage Clark's Wallabees and the soles were rock hard so I took a hairdryer to them and they were as good as new. Definitely worth having.
     
  7. wildfly

    wildfly Right notes. Wrong order.

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    Does the hairdryer thing actually work? Tried it with MP10, no success.
     
  8. Boy Blunder

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    It can work. I've used it on stress marks in the past, to mixed results.
     
  9. mgschris

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    Would any of these things work on the MP-10 chest hinges? It has stress marks on both sides but if this can fix that and not destroy the toy it would be awesome.

    I just want to make sure before i try this on a 250+ dollar figure..
     

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