G1 Astrotrain Question

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  1. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    Just got G1 Astrotrain, and the legs are really hard to slide down. Any tips? I was going to try WD40, but wanted to ask first. What do you guys reccomend?
     
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    Are you trying to slide them down together? They are made to expand as they slide giving a space between them in bot mode. Try splitting them slightly to release the tabs that hold them together in alt mode, then slide one at a time. If they are still tough, There might be something in the slide system itself. You might want to disassemble and look them over. Who knows, maybe some kid liked feeding his toys Cheetos, and you have some stuck down in there.
     
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    WD40 is bad for plastic. Avoid at all costs.
     
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    Yup. Stick your fingernail between the two pieces at the crack on the front of the locomotive. Seperate them and you should be good.
     
  5. Alucard77

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    I actually did use WD40. Noticed there was some sticky stuff in there. I cleaned what I could out of the figure, so hopefully it didn't harm it too much.

    What exactly does WD40 do to plastic. I googled it and saw that people were saying it doesn't damage plastic, so I went for it.

    I really cannot see what else I could have done to get it moving, besides the WD40.
     
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    Your right, soaking in it, or using it as a lubricant that the OP is suggesting, is probably a bad idea. But its great for removing sticker residue. Ive used it many, many times without incident.
     
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    BTW, I didn't soak it. I just did a very qiuick spray. 1/100th of a second.

    I did not notice any immediate effects.
     
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    Its Petroleum based, petroleum based products can be bad for plastics of different types. Your probably all good as long as you let it dissolve whatever was gumming it up, then remove it.
     
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    I rubbed like crazy, then used a blow dryer to blow out anything that may have been not there. I think I got it all.

    I read that WD40 is bad on Clear Plastic. So I think this maybe fine.
     
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    WD 40 will start a chemical reaction with plastic that will cause a smoothing which is actually a chemical melt process. It will continue when wet but wiped off it shouldn't go beyond eating up the top thin layer. So essentially what you did was thinned the plastic a bit. Petroleum based products like oils and plastics don't seem to mix well.

    The same reason is why it blurs clear plastic.
     
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    I've had this problem with the "high end" KO's, and sometimes just loosening the screws helps. Not sure if that makes a difference here or not?
     
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    I was looking, but the screw was on the inner thigh, which was stuck closed. What I think was in there was dust from many years mixed with humidity, stucky firmly. I just want over the plastic parts again with a Q-Tip to make sure I got what I can.

    Hopefully I didn't do any real damage. But realistically, not sure how else I could have gotten that to move. It was still hard to pull even with the WD-40.
     
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    butter? Soap?
     
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    Rubbing alcohol is also great for removing sticker glue/residue and won't leave any oily residue behind to boot. But be careful of doing so around paint apps.
     
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    Yeah, I was going to go the rubbing alcohol route, but that is all black paint around that area.
     
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    I use Goo Gone for removing sticker residue. As long as I'm careful with it, I'm fine (especially around paint applications).

    If I were experiencing the same problem, I would have immediately disassembled the parts, took a look at what was going on with the sliding mechanisms, and just go from there :) 
     

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