information on how to clean your G1 collection

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  1. wasp819

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    I dont know what section to post this in (mods please move if need be)

    I have just started out collecting G1 head and target masters
    what would be the best method to clean these guys (remove all the dirt scuff marks etc) and also im going to replace all the stickers with brand new ones so i need to know how to remove the old ones without making a mess
     
  2. swampflight

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    Cleaning tip

    I usually apply 70% rubbing alcohol with a clean rag and a Q-tip for small areas and it hasnt failed yet.
     
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    i usually do the same. If you are going to replace the stickers, soak the figure in soapy water and scrub. Magic erasers work, but can remove paint, as can the rubbing alcohol, so be careful.

    If it is just dust, I use a clean paintbrush. Works awesome and gets all the nooks and crannies.
     
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    Be careful using rubbing alcohol on chrome parts. Also, don't press too hard with the Q-tip, the paint may come off too.

    To dust, I use 1 inch wide paint brush from Home Depot that does very well.
     
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    I use lighter fluid to remove stickers; gets rid of any glue residue, doesn't harm paint or chrome, and just evaporates away without leaving a trace. I then take the figures to pieces (be very careful to remember what screw goes where, and so on) and clean them in warm soapy water.
     
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    im not liking the rubbing alcohol idea cause i dont want to ruin the paint on these figures
    so in theroy would a good long soak in hot soapy water do the trick or are there any other ways?
    how would you apply lighter fluid to the stickers?
    wouldnt a soapy soak do the same trick?
     
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    bump or please tell me what thread its supposed to be in
     
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    Moved to correct forum.
     
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    Goo Gone is great for getting rid of sticker residue. As with most things, try it out on a small area first. But from my experience, it works wonders.
     
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    Baby Wipes and elbow grease!
     
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    ive just got targetmaster sureshot and he is filthy (really dirty) if i gave him a soak in hot soapy water then scrub all the dirt off with a toothbrush?
    would any of this ruin the fig? (metal parts ie screws)
     
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    i always cleaned my dirty g1 figures with alcohol wipes, i havnt rubbed off any paint yet (i never used it on the chrome parts)
     
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    ^ the plastic will be fine. You just want to make sure the metal parts don't rust. Use a towel or q-tip to dry out the screw holes/rivets and you should be ok. I never use rubbing alcohol or any other chemicals because you don't know what it will do to the plastic in the long term.
     
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    Goo Gone, Q-Tips, and an old toothbrush and rag will be your best friends. I bathe all my vintage guys with these tools and they look beautiful. Plus, the Goo Gone won't damage paint, chrome, or anything else.
     
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    does anyone have any info on how to remove the yellowing of figs that have been in sun light, i remember there being a tutorial on this but cant find it
     
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    It basically boils down to putting the yellowed parts in hydrogen peroxide and exposing it to a UV light.

    Just do a search in toy discussion for "Yellowing" and it should pop right up.
     
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    wow this is all really good infomration that i had no clue on
     
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    I generally use Q-tips and water and/or air cans.

    I use rubbing alcohol (70% and 91%) for removing paint, labels, etc. for customs.

    Goo Gone is great for removing label residue, but just use it very conservatively, as it can remove paint, etc as well.
     
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    I once de-yellowed an entire G1 Fortress Maximus by soaking the white parts in bleach for about an hour. This did not work on Wheeljack however, so I'm thinking Motor Master's idea is probably better.

    As for cleaning, I've never had any problems with plain old ordinary soap and water. And a toothbrush. For stickers I use my fingernails and just give 'em hell. then I rub off whatever residue is left or clean it off with soap and water. Works every time.
     
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    You can also try antibacterial hand sanitizer. That removes sticker residue quite well and is probably safer to use than some other products.
     

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