Please help me clean my AT-ST

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  1. doomboy536

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    Mods, not sure if this should go in here or not. I figured since this was non-TF toy discussion it belonged here.

    So today I picked up a vintage AT-ST for dirt cheap, and as to expected it is in pretty shocking condition. It's covered in these orange lines everywhere:

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    How do I go about trying to get rid of them? They don't come off with water and scrubbing.

    Also, since this is my first time doing any serious cleaning/restoration work, any tips/pointers would be appreciated.
     
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    Use 3% hydrogen peroxide. There are some tutorials around here.
     
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    Thanks man. So you reckon that's sun damage then?
     
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    I'd also give Magic Eraser a shot, it works real well for cleaning figures.
     
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    Thanks :D  Now to see if they sell that here and if not then I need to find an equivalent.
     
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    I second the Magic Eraser. It is a beautiful thing.
     
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    Best thread title of the week.
     
  8. doomboy536

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    Wow, it does come highly recommended then. To Google!

    I was just trying to be descriptive. Any lulz that were given are an unforseen and entirely welcome side effect.
     
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    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original

    The only thing I'd warn against is it will start to take the paint off a figure, so only use it on plastic that you know is molded in one color so there is nothing to remove.

    For the AT-ST, this isn't a problem, as it looks to be molded in just one color.

    See all those scuffs you've got on it on the picture? Those things will come off right away. At least, I assume they are scuffs and not just that weird battle damage Hasbro sometimes does to their figures :lol  I'm not sure it would work on the orange lines... I don't think that's sun damage, as it looks too orange and its only in the seams you said? It's definitely worth a shot though, it's a pretty versatile tool.
     
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    Thanks mate, will be heading down to my local DIY shop later to see if they have an equivalent.

    Yup, no paint at all, just some tatty stickers that I may or may not replace.

    I know what you mean about weird battle damage :lol  It is just wear and tear, it is a 30 year old toy that doesn't look like it has been too well cared for in recent history.

    I will certainly give it a go, thanks. The body of the AT-ST itself is a little faded but I'm not confident enough of my skills yet to risk giving it a peroxide bath. I'l have a go with the eraser and post back :) 
     
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    So I got an equivalent of the Magic Eraser and it looks great, I only have rubbishy iPhone photos but thanks to all who recommended it. Those pesky orange lines are still there though...

    I've done a lot of looking at other AT-STs of the same model and many of the vintage ones have the same orange lines in the same place, so my guess is that they're where the glue from the stickers has reacted with the plastic, so I have some options:

    1. Continue to try and find something to clean it off. I have a few bits and pieces lying around that might help.
    2. Cover it up with repro stickers
    3. Leave it

    I'd rather do 1 to be honest, and 2 would irritate me as I wouldn't have properly cleaned it but if it comes to 3 then so be it.
     
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    Awesome, glad the suggestion worked! :thumb 
     

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