How do you clean your figures?

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  1. dkr7

    dkr7 "Argh' Hexagonal Nuts!"

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    How do you clean your figures?

    Either when you buy them used, how do you remove smells and dirt etc.?

    Maintenance cleanly - dusting etc.?

    Or any other things you do to clean your figures
     
  2. Ash from Carolina

    Ash from Carolina Junior Smeghead

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    I kind of like the cans of compressed air that you clean off computer parts with. It seems like it gets into the tiny spots better. But then the most cleaning I've had to do is to dust off my figures.
     
  3. Tigertrack

    Tigertrack Back In The Game!

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    A full day with the shop air-compressor, and wipe down the shelves with Pledge wipes.
     
  4. TrueNomadSkies

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    I cleaned my Hero Megatron not too long ago before I tightened up his joints (mostly to take off the bottom half of his stickers), and I pretty much just took him apart & washed all of the pieces in a sink. I probably wouldn't do this with newer toys that're mostly just plagued with dust (not that I was rough or anything, but the whole wet paper towel deal), but this guy came from a little kid long ago, and I've literally never cleaned him, ever.

    Now he looks 10 years younger, and 10 years meaner. I can actually see where the purple & black differ now, haha.
     
  5. Zigholtul

    Zigholtul I am the Waffle Maker

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    Dry paint brushes seem to work wonders for me.
     
  6. Cracka J

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    used to use canned air but they seem to leave some dust in places.
    now I just use microfiber cloths (good for glass/plexi cleaning too) with auto glass cleaner. they get an awesome clean and you don't have to worry about the cloths being abrasive and causing paint scratching or whatever.
     
  7. coppertop5150

    coppertop5150 Well-Known Member

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    I just pulled a dirty one out of a box that was in there for 23 yrs,,,

    I used a damp cloth to whipe him down,,
    A wet q-tip to get into the hard to reach places...

    BEWARE OF CHEMICALS.....

    I once tried to REMOVE A MARKER MARK on a transformers with ACETONE
    i thought it would be o.k the ACETONE EATS OFF THE GEL COAT FROM THE PLASTIC !

    so never use acetone.... BTW it was a " nailpolish remover " cleaner made from acetone
     
  8. Angelwave

    Angelwave Physical Maintenance.....

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    Air Can, a microfiber cloth, swiffers, q-tips(hard to reach places), and a static-free duster. :D 
     
  9. Napjr

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    Currently, my home is getting a major makeover, specially my room. All my stuff is pretty much packed away, but some items are left on my desk and such. Saddly, that means dust is getting worse...

    Anyway, last time i had to quickly clean some of the bigger figures and packages, i simply used one of these:

    HOMELITE NEW ELECTRIC BLOWER 7 AMP 150 mph 675012 | eBay

    Nothing was harmed in any way :D 
     
  10. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    EDIT: Oh my God I meant I blow on them. Stupid keyboard. It gets the dust off. If they're really dirty I use barely-damp Q-tips.
     
  11. CVprowl

    CVprowl FREEDOM FIGHTER

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    i dust em with a make up brush i bought for them. i think its a blush brush. ive never had to clean a transformers, but i use baby oil for my vintage joes and it works great. clean it off with rubbing alcohol. ive never had a problem with it.

    DO NOT use acetone or anything with acetone.
     
  12. kamuix

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    a swifter and microfiber cloth.
     
  13. Orodruin

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    Q-tips and a windex equivalent. Works great on anything from layers of cigarette smoke to just dust.
     
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    I bought a couple of figures recently that were simply caked with dust. It was pretty disgusting. They were all CHUGs so I left them to soak in some warm water in the bathroom, then dried them and cleaned them with a small feather duster.

    If it's G1 figures that I'm doing up, I use sticky-stuff remover on the stickers, then wash the plastic parts in cold water. The metal parts I normally leave, or repaint.
     
  15. Cracka J

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    Try out armorall auto glass cleaner sometime too. It's only like a buck more then regular windex cleaners and makes toys really gleam. Can find it in most wally-world automotive isles. It can take off some heavy layers of dust too if your lazy like me and forget to clean your toys for awhile :) 
     
  16. VictoryLeo19

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    I used the cleaner whipes from clorox, they seem to work pretty well for getting gunk and crap off my figures/tfs
     
  17. VictoryLeo19

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    i did that with some gobots and rocklords and i had that problem, but it was because i couldnt necessarily get the water out of the internal parts that had soaked in. i tried to shake out the water but i couldnt get it dry, and its starting to rust quicker along the joints
     
  18. Brainchild

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    You and Scattershot must have a history.

    I don't have too many toys, so none of them really stick around on shelves too long.
     
  19. doucoo

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    Micro-fibre cloths.

    Un-used toothbrush for bits I can't get to.
     
  20. Dr. Prime

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    Most of the over the counter products people have mentioned have 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol in them, which is what I have used. But you must be careful with decals as it will ruin them, and it will remove some paint, so use with caution. I have used Q-tips for tight places, but I bet a dry brush does the trick as well. I once took a G1 Doublecross apart and soaked all of the PLASTIC ONLY pieces and scrubbed them with a toothbrush and soapy water (it worked great). It looked like the previous owner had buried him in his backyard for about 15 years :rip  but I brought him back to life and he is as good as new :) 
     

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