Customs: getting the yellow out......

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  1. Tech Spec

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    Hey guys I just got a complete G1 Jetfire from a fellow board member and he is an awesome toy, though he has some minor yellowing on the edge of his head and some on the back wing.

    Is there anyway to get the yellow out? or do I have to paint over it?

    Cheers, Tech :thumb 
     
  2. REDLINE

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  3. Tech Spec

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    Thanks Redline :thumb 
     
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    Something I read on lego boards to fix yellowed white legos is the put them in bleach for a week or two, all with good results I don't know if Transformer plastic is the same.

    The other method I've read on lego boards is to put them in direct sunlight to bleach them out. I have never tried this and can't recommend it because UV light tends to be the culprit to begin with.

    Styrofoam inserts can also wreak havok too, causing yellowing.

    Best of luck to you.
     
  5. KA

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    i've actually used fine sandpaper to clean my g1 ratchet. but you need big balls like me.
     
  6. Tech Spec

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    i've heard sandpaper as well but I was not sure
     
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    Do you wrap the sandpaper around the balls? Sounds uncomfortable.
     
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    the balls ARE the sandpaper.

    seriously, if its a smooth surface - no grooves, should be okay, but looses shine.

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    the bottom pic is the one that shows the sanded yellowing. the left and top of the toy was yellowed moderately, not extreme.

    flash photography might be deceiving so heres one w/o flash:

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    u can still slight yellowing at edges towards the left side of the alt mode.
     
  9. Tech Spec

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    losing a little bit of shine is ok, any specific type of sandpaper that I should use?
     
  10. MegaMoonMan

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    Shine can be brought back. A trick I learned doing gundam models...if you get one of those emery board kits that have different grits and a rubberized buffer, follow the instructions on the package just like you're cleaning and shining figernails. The rubberized buffer will shine the hell out of smooth, finely sanded plastic. Works like a charm.
     
  11. KA

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    moderate to fine, grit 800 - 1000, i think. ask youre hardware/craft store clerk.
     
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    wow that sounds like an awesome idea! im going to have to try that out! thanks!!
     
  13. Tech Spec

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    actually I took my GF's nail file kit and it actually works, no effort at all :thumb 
     
  14. Tech Spec

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    Here are some pics of what has yellowed, there are some other pieces with minor yellowing not worth taking pictures of. I'm heading out to run some errands and picking up a nail file and buffer kit. So I hope to have some after pics later tonight.

    Back Wing and Afterburner
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    Left Wing
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    Body and Wings
    http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h167/souldrunk/Transformer

    One of the Back Wings
    [IMG]http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h167/souldrunk/Transformer%20Pics/TF%20Repaired%20and%20KB/100_0744.jpg
     
  15. Tech Spec

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    heres what I have so far, been doing this for about 40 mins and so far so good

    Thanks for all the help you guys :rock 

    Back
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    Right Wing
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    Left Wing
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    Back Wing
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    Back Wing bottom - this required the most work, the yellowing is in deep
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  16. KA

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    yeah, some parts yellowing may be deeper than others. you just gotta be diligent/persistent.
     
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    I'd DEFINITELY use the sanding and other approaches, as ANY paint thinners or even bleach could possibly ruin the integrity of the plastics.
     
  18. Tech Spec

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    I'm going to finish it off today, the yellow is deeper in some parts and would rather not use any chemicals. Overall I am happy with the result, glad that nail files can be a mans best friend too :lol 
     
  19. MegaMoonMan

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    I'm glad to see it works. You can use the same technique to clear up that red paint "smear" where the wings connect to the body.
     
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    i used somting called fast orange,. it cleaned rid shuttle up well
     

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