Cleaning your TF's..?

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  1. Erland

    Erland Well-Known Member

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    My problem is, My toys have been sitting on shelves, in a house where we smoke and what not. So my TF's are pretty dirty.

    Here soon, I plan on moving to another house and at that place I plan on keeping them in a closed unit behind glass and there should be no smoking in the house.

    So before I put them up in the new place I want to clean them.. What do you recommend?
     
  2. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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    Dish soap, dawn. Take it apart and remove screws. If it's just dust, use a air can.

    If they're real dirty, take them apart and use denture cleaner tablets and let the parts soak.
     
  3. Erland

    Erland Well-Known Member

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    but what about the stickers... won't it ruin any stickers on there?
     
  4. bny888

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    well, you can just use a soft makeup brush to remove most of the dust, and water moistened q-tips if there's any grime. a soft tootbrush is also good to clean rubber tires. wd40 to remove any tarnish from metal parts, just be careful not to get any on the stickers, or they'll come off.
     
  5. Satomiblood

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    If you're afraid of ruining the stickers, I would just dust and wipe down everything with a clean, damp (make sure it's wrung out very well) cloth. Maybe take apart whatever doesn't have stickers applied and use the soap and warm water method.
     
  6. seali_me

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    Any smoke stains?
     
  7. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    This, bc if there are, you're just about boned unless you want to go the peroxide route.
     
  8. robowarrior

    robowarrior Arcee's BF

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    Smoke is one of those things that's hard to get off figures. The smell of it is horrible. I did a trade once with a fellow board member who looks to be he was a smoker, when I got the figures....man oh man. I had to get down and wash them up. Till this day, you can still smell the smoke on the figures...Yuck!
     
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    I bought ssome G1 Tfs from someone several years ago and I could smell cigarettes on all of the figures he sent to me.
     
  10. Erland

    Erland Well-Known Member

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    Here are a couple of pictures of some for example:

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    On the "after" pictures, all I did was wipe my finger on them and they came "clean" so it's not that bad but, the dust isn't light enough to blow off so it looks like I'll take them apart as I can and then q-tip clean the parts with stickers and wash the rest.

    All of their underparts are clean, it's the the tops of them that are dirty.

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  11. AutoBobby

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    Sounds like you've got a big job ahead of you.
     
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    Clean with swiffer to get off the most of the dust. Then clean with paper towels damp with LCD cleaner. Then open up the toys as best as possible, half transform them, and place all toys in mesh bags and place outside on a very windy day in the shade. This is very important. It may take a few days of wind but, oxygen is the best cleaner and it will clean the smell off.
     
  13. 3.8TransAM

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    Clean off all dirt and dust u can wipe off or lightly brush/whiffer/etc.

    Then a little water and a bowl, a toothbrush and some q-tips.

    Also a few paper towels and a lint free cloth or two.

    Tkaes forever but does wonders and u can work around stickers as well
     
  14. Fishdirt

    Fishdirt Tin Toy Transformer

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    Use a air can.

    Get any little nitches with a q-tip.

    Use a damp cloth and wipe.

    It's like detailing.
     
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    I used swiffer. Parts I can't get into required some disassembly. ie inside TFA Bulkhead's chest.
     
  16. Gingerchris

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    That's pretty much what I did with my Fort Max who'd got dusty and damp and covered in a gross yellow film. Took everything apart, cleaned every nook and cranny, and even managed to carefully wipe the stickers over with a slightly damp cloth and then dry immediately after with no ill effects.
    Took me a couple of weeks to complete the job but now Max is now minty white and clean.
     
  17. SouthtownKid

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    Those pictures make a great anti-smoking campaign.
     
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    UnicronFTW Don't blink.

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    I just keep a little jar of cotton balls around to wipe off any dust.
     
  20. Astronut

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    I don't know what's saddest, the state of those toys or me being saddened by dust on pieces of plastic.
     

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