Customs: Hydrogen peroxide yellowing fix?

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  1. SPLIT LIP

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    So I recently bought a vintage Ultra Magnus and he's yellowed. Not hardcore, but the blue is uneven and the white is a shade or two past cream. I've ran a search and found this, but I'm interested to know if anyone who's done this has encountered any problems, or if there's a refined method I could use? I want this sucker back to his whitey-whiteness and bluey-blueness.
     
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    i do believe theres actually a product out there specificly created to fix yellowed plastics, someone here used it on a jetfire
     
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    I worked in a polymerization lab years ago and H2O2 was what we used for whitening some commodities. There are other things available that would work, but hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive and fairly safe (in the extremely dilute form available as an antiseptic). On top of that, I've restored keyboards/synths for a decade now and I've always used H2O2 for whitening even the most yellowed keys.

    As far as restoring the blue, I can't say what would be ideal to use.
     
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    I just did an entire Computron (just the white parts), worked great. I used a gallon ziplock bag as a container rather than a jar, you can fit a lot more parts in and fully lay them in the sun that way. Put a sheet of tin foil under the bag as a reflector and you won't have to move parts around very much.

    Strafe's normally red eye paint turned yellow, which was very odd. That's the only strange thing that happened.
     
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    That ziplock bag method sounds good. I'm gonna have to wait until tomorrow for teh sun to come out, but this sounds promising.
     
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    I recently purchased a white Minispy that was basically brown. I disassembled it, placed it in a small container with hydrogen peroxide, and sat it out in the sun all day. The end result was a whitey-white Minispy :) 

    I'd just recommend going through that thread and reading up on it. :) 
     
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    So I tried thise on half of Magnus' lower arm. Unreal. I'm drenching this guy in this stuff.
     
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    Man, this works too good. I'm using a ziploc bag instead of a jar because then I can manipulate the parts to get better rays and it's like he's brand new. And as a bonus the Hydro Peroxide cleans the parts of any dust I missed, too!
     
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    Now I want to find a yellow transformer just to try this......

    Randy!
     
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    But where are you going to find a yellow Transformer in these degenerate times?
     
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    Yeah, the Minispy I used was my litmus test. I have been really pleased with the results. Once again, that thread SL linked to has some posts that detail some parts of figures and other things to avoid and such.

    :lol 
     

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