How To Clean Your Robots?

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  1. robb0429

    robb0429 Well-Known Member

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    I have a rather large collection of tformers on my shelves, but they have gotten rather dusty over the years, and its hard to get it out of the small nooks and crannies. So I was wondering, what do people do to keep their figures and stuff clean and dust-free? I suppose it would make sense to give them a regular air-dusting every few weeks, but what if they're already pretty dusty?

    this really sounds like a newbie question <.<
     
  2. tfomegaprime

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    play with them often
     
  3. Movebuster

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    This is something I would like to know as well.
     
  4. Wolfdawg

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    I have almost 500 figures on display at the moment and my cleaning process is to basically reorganize my collection once a month and give the shelves and figures a good dusting with a swiffer. Since you already have the dust there, you may want to try the same process. If there's too much dust for the swiffer to handle, it may be a good idea to use a damp cotton swab and a can of compressed air and get each figure individually. It'll take quite some time, but it'll be worth it.
     
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    I use a mixture of 1/3 lemon juice, 1/3 vinegar, and 1/3 water. It helps on old figures I had as a kid and on sticker residue. Safer on plastic too.
     
  6. Maverick Hunter Christian

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    Soft paintbrush and a can of compressed air; and a free afternoon/evening.
     
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    Soft handkerchief.
     
  8. Boy Blunder

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    Swiffer for the shelves (and larger bots), canned air for the bots themselves (be sure to stick it right in the crevices as needed, too)
     
  9. Outsider4Life

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    I use a soft & medium bristle paint brushes and a small shop vac w/ mini tool attachments. suck up dust w/ vac then use the brushes to finish the job.
     
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    I like to give my figures a fresh shine with a coating of acetone, applied with a coarsely bristled paint brush. After that, I take a sponge back and rub off all the excess.
     
  11. Flyby33

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    I use a swiffer, and my air compressor with the jet nozzle on it. For fine cracks an.d crevices i use a small still paint brush. Its a sweet 2 day project for me roughly 5-6 hrs spread across 2 days. Yeah its not fun at all.
     
  12. QmTablit

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    Next time you go to Target, stop by the make-up section and pick up a Fan Brush. Cost me a buck or two. You can brush one way and cover large areas, or you can turn that sum-bitch sideways and stick it straight up those cracks and gaps.

    And you can use whatever you prefer to clean the shelf. I like to use a vacuum. Less mess to clean up, plus I know where that dust is going (into the bag and not back into the air).

    You're going to have to explain to me how acid is safer on plastic.
     
  13. Matty

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    How do I clean my robots?

    With patience.
     
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    Yeah, no kidding. I don't consider myself to have a very big collection, but cleaning every figure and every shelf is easily a day's work.

    Can't imagine how it would be for those who have collections 3 or 4 times the size of mine.
     
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    After a cat pissed on some of my favorites, I learned the easy way was soap and water and just dump 'em in whole hog. They'll dry in a couple of hours and all the grime is gone. After the cat affected figures were taken care of, and neutralizer was no longer needed in the mix, I switched to straight soap and water mix and tried a couple of dusty figures. Came out all nice and clean.
     
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    So you dump all your dirty figures into soapy water? I'm sorry, but that sounds insane. You mean to tell me there's no soapy residue left over after they air dry? The screws don't rust either??? Don't get me started on the electronics...
     
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    These might help:

    - Makeup brushes of different sizes to remove most of the dust
    - Q Tips, moistened with a little water if needed
    - Microfiber cloth (after dusting, so the figures won't get scratched)
     
  18. TFXProtector

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    Well, there's more to it than that.

    1.) Electronic figures don't receive this treatment. (For obvious reasons.)
    2.) I've yet to encounter any rust, though I'm sure it could be a problem.
    3.) No soapy residue since I rinse them after their dip.

    This method wouldn't work for TFs with stickers, so there's another downside. Fortunately, I have maybe a handful of figures that rely on stickers, so...
     
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    Dont water get trapped in hollow pieces like chest cavities?
     
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    Listen to this guy... He knows how to use his brushes (and makeup)....

    kidding...


    Just get a soft brush or swiffer would do as well... Get some canned air too.
     

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