Customs: Question about cleaning figures

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  1. NEST SOLDIER

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    I've read in the tutorials that you're supposed to wash figures in soapy water before applying primer and paint, but how exactly are you supposed to wash them?

    Do you just rinse them off, or scrub them, or what?

    What's best used to clean them with to prevent flaking the factory paint?
     
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    I've never washed my toys so I can't say for sure, but I always thought the cleaning was only supposed to be done on the areas that were going to be painted, so the factory paint wouldn't be a concern...
     
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    If you're referring to washing the figure/parts off after using soapy water, what I do is just rinse the parts in the sink with the pullout spray after I've let the figure sit in the soapy water overnight (or however long I choose to soak parts). After I've rinsed all of the parts, I simply let them dry off.

    As far as factory paint is concerned, this is not a process I employ if the goal is to keep the factory paint on. This whole process presupposes that I am altering the color to the parts by painting them a different color.
     
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    So if there are areas that aren't going to be painted, like the vehicle mode paint for instance, I shouldn't wash that side of the shell?
     
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    Try cleaning the part(s) you want to paint by brushing it with a wet toothbrush soaked in warm water and then use a canned air duster along with some toilet paper to dry it off completely.
     
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    If you're not going to paint a part, then the point is moot. The dish water process is only for removing the residue on plastic that can cause problems when paint is applied.
     

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