Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by kenm2474, Feb 20, 2008.
Is there a way to safely clean rust off of screws without damaging the plastic around them?
Unscrew them, then shine em up.
Hydrochloric acid works well....if you have access to it, that is. Try to unscrew them and soak them in something acidic, if you can get your hands on something around the house. I've never tried vinegar, but it might be worth a shot. It might take awhile given that it's a weak acid. The acid disolves the rust and shines up the screws really nice. I've done it with a lot of vintage TFs.
I use baby wipes, but for those of you who don't have kids it might not be your thing, but they work great and don't chew up the paint or chrome bits.
You unscrew them and wipe them down with baby wipes? Or leave them on?
I have a friend who collects coins, and when he needs to remove tarnigh and stuff from the metal, he soaks it in Coca-Cola over night. Might work, same basic concept I guess. I'd try it on something other than a TF part first though.
I will try that out. I have some Hydrochloric Acid in the garage I think..
Since we're on the subject of cleaning, what's the best method you use to remove dust from your collections? I was thinking about using an air pressure can, those used to clean dust from keyboards and computers, since most cleaning products usually remove some of the paint off the figures, which is something I really want to avoid...
unscrew and polish
if not possible use a q-tip with oil or another cleaner on it.
This is true. Coke (regular non-diet), if you soak it for a few hours should do the trick. Just wipe them clean and reinstall.
Hehehe, when my dad was fixing the cable for the hand-brake on our car he left the cable in 2 litres of Coca-cola for 3 days. It came out spotless. Makes you wonder what kinda stuff you drink.
those big make up brushes girls use work really well...and you can get smaller ones for smaller crevaces....cans of air work well too, though they are more expensive then one good brush....
and coke will eat through nails depending on how long they are left....theres a ton of scary stuff about coke...google it and you should find the email that everyones been sent a dozen times....
How long do I leave it in for?
Sorry, I read the original question at night and thought it just asked about cleaning the toy not the screws. For dust yeah baby wipes work perfect, but for screws, You can do a few things.
1. soak them in speedy 500 (found at napa auto stores)
2. soak them in Aircraft remover (found at hardware shops) but do not use it on plastic at all it will melt right in your hands, and read the instruction and follow them perfectly.
3. brake or carb cleaner and a wire brush or some steal wool.
4. When you are done, get some wax and shine it back up.
(side note: If you use sos pads or steel wool, be sure to not scrub the threads of the screw to hard, just let them soak longer and use a toothbrush on the threads.)
I MUST try that Coca-Cola method! Thanks!
Befor anyone does this, I just want to add that I've never tried this before. But I know friends that use it for simular purposes in other hobbies. I don't want anybody motherfuckering me over this, so please try it on something other than a TF part first.
That being said, I wouldn't mind knowing how well this works, so if anybody does do it please post how well (or not so well) it went.
Tried placing some little rusty screws from a constructicon and one of his arms, whose wheel screws also had rust, in a container with a bit of vinegar and left it overnight.
Rust is all gone, and it didn't hurt the paint, so it worked very well.
The only downside is the smell. Vinegar stinks.
A calcium remover like CLR or Lime-Away works well, too. Not sure how they react to plastic, though. I usually unscrew and soak.
Really, a few minutes should work. Depending upon the strength of your acid (10% being high), you'll see tiny bubbles form and the rust will dissolve quickly. The acid itself will turn a yellowish color (that's the dissolved iron) and the screws will be nice and shiny. They won't look brand-spanking new (the rust has corroded them a bit), but they'll still look pretty good.
Leaving them in there for an extended period of time won't hurt them.
Soaking in vinegar now will check back in a few hours.
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