Is there anyway to fix stress marks?

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  1. Tenebrouser

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    OK, thanks!
     
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    ugh. started trying it to fix a stress mark on the shoulder joint of my red diaclone Sunstreaker. THAT was scary. I tried, but it didn't work. Maybe I didn't give it long enough, but I guess I don't care......the risk/reward in this case is not in my favor. I'll just leave it be.
     
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    Someone needs to try taking a lighter to a figure that suffers from GPS. That'd be great.
     
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    Why brainchild, what would be great about that?
     
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    Because it would be hilarious to watch some sucker set a toy on fire while trying to fix it.
     
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    Therapy.
     
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    I need to fix my Superion add-on kit. The wrists have stress makes. I'll probably try the hair dryer rather than a lighter...
     
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    Ok, My MP-9 has what looks like stress marks on his shoulder,
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    I'm curious if this is something that can be fixed with heat application
     
  9. lagunareturns

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    the reason lighter is can be better than hairdryer is because a hairdryer gives heat over a larger area and hence arent good for small stress marks or small transformers
     
  10. Kaymac

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    I just stopped caring about stress marks entirely. I have warped Breacher, Ejector, and to an extent Darkmount. I'd rather have a stressed toy than a warped, untransfromable toy. I think any way of removing stress marks is simply too risky for the toy as a whole. If the toy actually BREAKS, then you have problems.
     
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    I had no idea! I'll have to try this to fix the stress mark on SG Thundercracker's foot (after practice on other, cheaper things)
     
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    One of the small leg panels on Leader Sentinel Prime got slightly warped after he was in robot mode for a while. I stupidly tried to just bend it back the other way and got a severe pink stress mark in the red plastic. Worst I've ever seen.

    I realized the piece can be easily detached and then tossed a mug full of water in the microwave for a minute or 2. I dropped the piece into the mug and the stress mark disappeared instantly. There's no evidence of it. The warped shape even seemed to reset itself, so I did the old trick with non-TF action figures that are made of softer plastics where you dunk a reshaped piece into ice water to seal the deal. If left to cool down on their own, the plastic can slowly return to its "memory" of being slightly warped.

    It's not ideal for Transformers due to water being involved with screws and pins, but it may be worth a try with something that can be easily removed from the rest of the figure by unscrewing the piece or simply popping out a ball joint.
     
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    One of the things I do is when my wife goes through a hair dryer, the said hair dryer gets adopted into my family of custom tools.

    I just used this hair dryer on my KO Dial that had a huge stress mark, and it's a thing of the past now :) 
     
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    You could also try soaking the thing in a plastic bag in boiling water if its a big stress mark or if you're not comfortable using a lighter, but then you have to really keep an eye on it, as it runs the risk of warping the entire piece.
     
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    Can someone please tell me if stress marks always mean imminent breakage?

    I just noticed my rts wreck gar has the dreaded stress mark on the inside of his right hand.
     
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    I would like to know the answer too. My RTS Wreck Gar, United Wreck Gar and United Scrapheap all have massive stressmarks on the inside of the hands that were holding their weapons.
     
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    Not necessarily. Depends on the plastic, how big the marks are, how pronounced they are, etc.
     
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    Hair drier to remove stress marks?

    Can you remove stress mark (other than paint them :p  )

    Someone told me a hair drier would do it.

    Is that true? Or is there more to the story?
     
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    yes, but it's only aesthetically. the plastic is still weak. also be careful when you do it, monitor the area where the heat's hitting and make sure it doesn't hurt your figure.
     
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    In short, yes. It'll relieve the stress in the plastic and get rid of the discoloration to some degree. To what degree is kind of a toss-up, but it's better than nothing. I've had varying degrees of success from slight to complete elimination of the discoloration. Just make sure you've got the heat on and it'll start to work. Just don't heat it up so much that it'll melt or disfigure the plastic.
     

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