Maintaining and Cleaning Your Transformers

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  1. SMS55

    SMS55 Well-Known Member

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    I am curious as to how some of you keep them clean. They do tend to collect alot dust. I have some in robot mode and some in alt mode. It all depends on which mode I like the best. I do find that it is easier to clean them form their alt mode (mostly vehicles). I see in the displays most of you keep them in robot mode and you have alot more than I do. How do you guys keep your figures clean?
     
  2. AutoBobby

    AutoBobby The Collector

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    I recently moved my collection from upstairs to the basement and they don't get nearly as dusty down there.Every so often I clear a shelf off and hit 'em with a feather duster.I don't see any way of preventing it without going to a fully enclosed case.
     
  3. sacha88

    sacha88 Well-Known Member

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    There really is no way to eliminate dust unless they are enclosed completely. Partly for that reason, and lack of space, I only display a moderate amount of figures and store the rest. Then I just rotate what I want to display. Using fish tanks, and other sorts of display cases are good too. I have 6 McFarlane display cases that also have lights in them. I also keep my collection displayed in my closet so that when i am not home, or at night, i can close the doors. That minimizes dust as well.
     
  4. lemonherb

    lemonherb Well-Known Member

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    I just use one of these

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  5. sacha88

    sacha88 Well-Known Member

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    yeah i here paintbrushes work great.
     
  6. Kando

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    In the shithole I live, I just keep them in storage now. I will dust in the morning and by the same night shit's getting buried in dust again.
     
  7. SMS55

    SMS55 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I was considering a display case to minimize the dust. I was afraid that the only way to keep them clean is good old fashioned cleaning. Problem is now I have to hear the wife bitch that I'll clean the Transformers but I won't clean anything else in the house.
     
  8. mineraljane

    mineraljane Gravity Hugger

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    I use compressed air and Swiffer products. Works well, though I keep G1 figures in a dark case.
     
  9. alphatrionxd

    alphatrionxd DivineCybertronProtector

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    I use paint brushes, I have like 20 or 30 out of storage and they get dusty very quickly, I saw one of them last night and it was covered with a spider net o_O !
     
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    sideswipe1978 Autobot

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    You should consider moving, your place sounds unhealthy.

    I used canned air, it pushes the dust back into the air so it resettles on the stuff around the target being cleaned.
     
  12. Jazz1992

    Jazz1992 Autobot

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    I just remove them from the shelves and dust them every few weeks or so. I'll do the jazz shelf about every week though...because reasons
     
  13. ssjkazer

    ssjkazer mr dyslexia

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    A baby wipe non alogitic no fragrance non alcholic, then i use a small brush for some things also i then put them in a shelf then a platic sheet over it.
     
  14. seali_me

    seali_me Buhawi Gabay-Tala

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    ^

    I do the same since we have lots of those at home.
     
  15. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    odeean Infiltrator

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    There is one piece of advice that most collectors put of too long. Remove all your batteries. Battery chemicals will leak and strip paint and destroy plastic. Those chemicals will also hasten the corrosion of metal in the toys pins if in a confined atmosphere even if the battery has not fully leaked yet.

    Also don't be tempted to buff up the shine on figures with substances that in the long run leave a deposit on the surface. Anything oily for example. These deposits will ultimately grown mold or discolour the plastic.

    Finally - all light is bad. Minimise light exposure. Sunlight is VERY bad, then other UV lights, then florescent lights, then halogen and even filament bulbs to some degree.

    After those basics are know the rest is just buffing with a paint brush as mentioned.
     
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    I normally use a toothbrush, but I should probably get a paintbrush to make the job go faster.
     
  18. StrifeZ

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    What about seasonal moisture fluctuations in a basement on plastic and paint?

    I know what it does to paper and cardboard.
     
  19. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    I mostly use fire on my figures. Once the flames have gone out all the dust is gone.

    Also, the below:
     
  20. ssjkazer

    ssjkazer mr dyslexia

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    Arent you worried about scratching with stiff brushesh like paint brushesh i stole off with a soft make up brush from my x lol and it dosnt scratch
     

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