Customs: Cleaning question.

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  1. TacomaPrime

    TacomaPrime Cybertronian Tacoma

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    I picked up a MP optimus prime, voyager Evac and voyager Ironhide last night. The figures are in great condition, except the house they were in had a cat, a dog and it was a smoker house. There is a layer of dust, dirt, ash on the figures.

    I ran my finger over some of the white parts on evac and luckily there is no yellowing, but my question is how do I get the layer of dirt and ash off?
    Just dip a rag in water that has dawn in it and gently scrub? I just don't want to remove any paint if possible.

    Thanks.
     
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    warm water and dawn would work. I swear by simple green. that stuff cleans just about everything, and it's not harsh chemicals. For details, i'd use isopropyl alcohol and a Q-tip. Just dont' use the 99% stuff. that can remove paint, but probably won't if you weren't scrubbing to hard.

    Randy!
     
  3. Fishdirt

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    Compressed air and then just a damp cloth , toothpicks for crevices. That's my route.

    I don't know the green stuff but if it's a degreaser it may kill the paint on the other hand if it's like pine sol it may work (I've been told that stuff works, never used it).

    What about a run through the dishwasher? Taking the smaller lose bits off first
     
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    Great advice on both counts :thumb 
     
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    I'm going through the same thing, I have a lot of transformers from a smoker and they have a mixture of cigarette tar and dust on the figures.

    I am washing them in warm water with a little pinesol. I let them soak and then wash them with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser on the flat spots and stains, and then a tooth brush for the details. I find the white parts remain stained a bit. I've tried scrubbing these with Oxyclean but I don't think its doing a whole lot.

    I don't have the ambition to disassemble the toys. So they still have a smell on the interior surfaces I just can't get too. I've also tried to air out the transformers, and then store them in an air tight container with a box of baking soda to suck up the volatiles.

    I'd appreciate any other smoke damage cleaning tips or experiences! Thank you.
     
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    Hey, do me a favor. Stick the white parts in a ziploc bag with a couple slices of wonder bread. It apparently turns yellowed paper back to white so I'm curious as to plastic.
     
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    What if you spray them heavily with something like febreze. I can't imagine that would hurt the plastic.
     
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    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    I wouldn't recommend doing this directly (like 2 feet directly over the product), but I think spraying your room where the spray disperses throughout or using an alternative fragrance in the room (still indirectly) would improve things.
     
  9. tusko

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    Ya, I once got some bug spray on my G1 Jetfire. It stripped the paint very well. :( 
    Don't spray stuff like that on your TFs. Its a good idea though.
     
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    Yeah, seemingly harmless chemicals on other things are still chemicals - and chemicals may react differently to other things and other types of plastics. I've never experienced anything negative with Febreze, as I'll sometimes spray that sort of thing in a room (or a disinfectant odor spray), but never directly on toys. By the time it diffuses with air, I really don't worry a whole lot after that.

    Long story short: just be careful what you expose your toys and customs to :thumb 
     

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