Customs: how to mend bent plastic?

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  1. KA

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    so i got this g1 jetfire, see? and one of the antennaes is bent, with white-ish stress marks against the dark grey plastic.

    how can i straighten it?

    i've heard if i leave it in warm water awhile and apply pressure afterwards, it could do the trick. but i'm afraid it might break, what with the stress mark.

    care to share similar experience?

    help me obi wan, your our only hope.
     
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    smangerbot The Holy Zombie Jesus TFW2005 Supporter

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    put it in the microwave for 10 seconds, when you can mold it into whatever you want. but preferably without the metal parts.
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Heat from a lighter will make stress marks fade rather well, you just need to be careful not to get too close and start the plastic on fire. I actually practiced this trick with some scrap plastic before I tried it on the real deal.
     
  4. tikgnat

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    Rather then use a lighter, could boiling water be used instead?
     
  5. MegaMoonMan

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    I don't know, I've never tried it. The heat from the flame actually re-melts the stressed plastic a bit, that's why it works. I don't think boiling water would get hot enough.

    It's really not hard to do, if you're worried about trying it, just practice like I did to get the technique down.
     
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    I've found the flame technique is much easer with a mounted candle, than with a lighter; much easier on the thumb, and you still have both hands to manipulate the part.
     
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    i think i'll torture optimus
     

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