Customs: How do you restore G1s or old figures?

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  1. spadesss

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    Hi, I did a search and didn't find any topics on how to restore figures, such as the old G1 figures.
    I dust and use a wet paper towel to clean. Some times those house wipes that has the disinfecting stuff on it. What more can I do to make it better?
    See some old brown spots that won't go away, a few spots rusty...

    - what to do?
    - what not to do?
    - rubbing alcohol?
    - anything to shine it up a bit?
    - steel wool for rust on metal parts or shining?

    that is all i can think of for now.
    be add more to the list if you can think of any.

    please be techical and share with me on your do's and dont's.
    I just read the reprolabel thread so i am all set there.
     
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    its best if you post specific things like you want to achieve, like remove yellowing, or removing rusty screws, etc.

    pictures of problem areas help.

    also, the kitbash/mod forum is a good place to start.
     
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    its best if you post specific things like you want to achieve, like remove yellowing, or removing rusty screws, etc.

    pictures of problem areas help.

    also, the kitbash/mod forum is a good place to start.
     
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    i guess i got a bit of everything, rusty screws/parts, yellowing, brown stuff grew on it from the basement, stickiness....ect.
    i got some toys that was sitting in the basement since the 1980s. some are better than others. they have that stickiness to it as well.

    some of them are...
    jetfire...yellowish,
    swoop...the long piece of metal on the bottom of legs is rusty.
    brown spots on cars that won't come off after i tried water and paper towel.
     
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    i guess i got a bit of everything, rusty screws/parts, yellowing, brown stuff grew on it from the basement, stickiness....ect.
    i got some toys that was sitting in the basement since the 1980s. some are better than others. they have that stickiness to it as well.

    some of them are...
    jetfire...yellowish,
    swoop...the long piece of metal on the bottom of legs is rusty.
    brown spots on cars that won't come off after i tried water and paper towel.
     
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    stickiness - rinse it off
    brown stuff - most like just dirt residue, should be cleanable.
    yellowing - depends on extent. if its spot, you could sand it, if its the whole thing, youre screwed.
     
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    stickiness - rinse it off
    brown stuff - most like just dirt residue, should be cleanable.
    yellowing - depends on extent. if its spot, you could sand it, if its the whole thing, youre screwed.
     
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    would it not ruin the stickersif i wash it...should i dry it with a hair drier after i rinse?

    sanding..what should i sand with?
     
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    would it not ruin the stickersif i wash it...should i dry it with a hair drier after i rinse?

    sanding..what should i sand with?
     
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    Here's a question for fixing bots......anyone know how to fix a broken G1 Mirage????

    And i've used rubbing alcohol to get sticker residue off and it didn't hurt the color or anything. And as far as washing dirt off, don't submerse it, just take a wet cloth and go over it gently
     
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    Here's a question for fixing bots......anyone know how to fix a broken G1 Mirage????

    And i've used rubbing alcohol to get sticker residue off and it didn't hurt the color or anything. And as far as washing dirt off, don't submerse it, just take a wet cloth and go over it gently
     
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    Jetfire - I would start with Goo Gone or generic sticker-removing junk. Work on the white parts of him first (try to avoid the paint, as rubbing with Goo Gone or Alcohol WILL take off G1 paint aps)...and if that doesn't work, you can switch to Isoprophyl Alcohol. However, be warned - isoprohpyl alcohol takes off paint pretty quick, so apply it lightly (i.e., pour it onto a handkerchief or a tissue and then use THAT to wipe on the yellow.) This process won't take every nook and cranny of yellowing off of your plastic, but it SHOULD work for the wider, exposed areas.

    Brown stuff - try Goo Gone first, also try some window cleaner (this stuff - of the common household cleaning solvents - is usually the least harsh on paint) and see if that stuff comes off.

    I honestly can't remember, but there IS a way to take the rust off without disassembling a toy.
     
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    Jetfire - I would start with Goo Gone or generic sticker-removing junk. Work on the white parts of him first (try to avoid the paint, as rubbing with Goo Gone or Alcohol WILL take off G1 paint aps)...and if that doesn't work, you can switch to Isoprophyl Alcohol. However, be warned - isoprohpyl alcohol takes off paint pretty quick, so apply it lightly (i.e., pour it onto a handkerchief or a tissue and then use THAT to wipe on the yellow.) This process won't take every nook and cranny of yellowing off of your plastic, but it SHOULD work for the wider, exposed areas.

    Brown stuff - try Goo Gone first, also try some window cleaner (this stuff - of the common household cleaning solvents - is usually the least harsh on paint) and see if that stuff comes off.

    I honestly can't remember, but there IS a way to take the rust off without disassembling a toy.
     
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    rust use WD-40
     
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    thanks all. i will try to do some cleaning this week.
    if anyone else have anything else to add. i appreciate it.
     
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    thanks all. i will try to do some cleaning this week.
    if anyone else have anything else to add. i appreciate it.
     

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