Removing...Lotion from TF's?

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  1. Facemeat

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    Alright, this is a very odd request, but can anybody think of the best way to remove lotion from a bunch of TF's? I bought a large lot of TFTM figures and apparently the person accidentally spilled lotion all over them before shipping them. While it looks like they did their best to remove most of it, most of the toys still have some greasy parts, and they all reek of lotion. How do you think they'd fair in water and then a blowdry? At least the ones without metal bits. And then what would be the best way to remove the smell? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
     
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    HAHAHHAHAHAHHAH thats loving the toys a little toooo much.
    i would say hot water to break up the lotion and after all is gone leave outside to sun dry and defumagate them for a while...but thats just me....
     
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    Is this Classics Astrotrain and JRX you're talking about?


    If you get rid of all the lotion residue, then smell-wise... I've received a few TFs from ebay that reeked of cigarette smoke. I let them sit in fresh air for a couple days and that seemed to get rid of the odor.
     
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    to get rid of tabacco smoke and greasy lotion,

    soak all toys in large bucket of soap water.
    generous amounts of dish detergent works best.

    then shower off in bathroom and dry immediately when done
     
  5. E.Rabbot

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    You sure it's lotion chief?
     
  6. Asterios

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    I don't even want to think why they had lotion on them, "bad thoughts permeate brain".
     
  7. dkrolickm

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    Son...I am disapoint. :sly: 

    What about soaking in warm water?
    What's that one air freshener that claims to take out oaders?
    You could try that and hot soak them again.
     
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    Or you could hot water soa and fresh air dry them, just not in the sun or they will yellow.
     
  9. Deceptigtar

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    yikes! lol.

    i actually would have been pissed and wanted my money back. shit like that to me is unexecusable. did they tell you before shipping or after?

    either way you didnt agree to buy a lot of toys with lotion recently spilled then cleaned. if you did then fine, but if not i would have sent them back and asked for my money back.
     
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    Im with Deceptigar.
    I think you should contact the seller and inform him/her about.. this.. mess..
     
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    Gently scrub them clean with soap and warm water. I only clean figures that I'm about to repaint so I can remove oils/dirt on the plastic. An old toothbrush works best in my experience. That allows you to get into joints and other tight areas. Make sure to dry them thoroughly. I usually wipe them dry with a towel and place them under a lamp to take care of parts I may have missed.

    As for soap, get something that's good against grease. Dish detergent works best IMO. A little bit of Goo Gone also helps.
     
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    To the people asking if I knew...no, I did not. First, I was pissed because they shorted me a figure, then I found out about this mess. I contacted them regarding both issues, they explained the mess and said they'd find the other figure and send it to me. At this point you're probably thinking, "you're an idiot for putting up with this", and normally I'd agree. However, this lot was basically cheaper than what you'd find at garage sales. 19 (well, 18 until I recieve Megatron) Deluxe and Voyager TFTM figures for $30.50 shipped. So you'll understand why I'm trying my damndest to not send this back and just sort it out.
     
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    I've never tried to wash lotion off a Transformer before, but I do know a bit about chemistry. There are oil-based lotions and water-based lotions. Good old-fashioned friction (EG, rubbing, scrubbing) will get any substance off any surface, eventually, if that substance has not chemically changed the surface. EG, if the lotion has bleached or warped your TF, your out of luck.

    If it was a water-based lotion, you might want to take a damp towel and scrub slowly and patiently. Water will dissolve water. Unfortunately, most water-based lotions are...uh...well...you either know what they're used for or you don't. Hint: water-based lotions do not destroy rubber.

    If it is an oil-based lotion, soap will break down the oils and water will not. I'd recommend lightly soaping a towel and scrubbing very lightly. Most lotions you and I would use are probably oil-based.
     
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    My advice would be to run the toys under really hot water, and when I say hot I mean as hot as the tap gets. Use an old soft toothbrush and antibacterial soap to scrub the plastic, and try to get in the corners as best you can. Give them a rinse in more hot water and towel them off, then take a hair-dryer, turn it to the hottest setting and use that to dry the areas you can't get at with a towel. I've done this before with my figures and they pretty much survived it (although they are newer toys that just fell in the mud, don't ask.)

    The reason for the hot water and the antibacterial soap is that the previous owner may say they just spilled lotion on the toys, but don't take them for their word. Besides, it's a good idea to disinfect any pre-owned toys because anything could have happened to them.
     
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    seems to me that ain't lotion, that is "hot glue".......you don't want to see the anime girl statue collection this seller owns hahahaha

    but in seriousness, i hope you get it all taken care of
     
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    yeah i can see from the pretty good deal you got, i just would be more pissed the fact they didnt say anything to begin with until you got them. maybe ask for a partial refund?
     
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    First make sure it's lotion. Then throw them sumbitches in water and dry them off (unless they have electronics).
     
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    As far as I can tell, it's lotion. Is there anything else that smells exactly like lotion that isn't lotion? Believe me, if there were any other...odors...I'd know it. This is just straight lotion as far as I can smell. Also, it's not like they're covered in it, I can't even see anything on them. It's only the strong smell and slight greasiness on some parts. If I got a box full of lotion with a few TF's mixed in, I'd be freaking pissed, but that's not the case. Of course, this is still unacceptable, it's just not as bad as I'm sure some have pictured it. :lol :
    Anyhow, I ran one of the figures under hot water, wiped him off with a paper towel, sat him on an open window sill for a while, and the greasiness is no longer there, barely any smell. I think that's what I'll be doing with the rest, however I may add some soap as some suggested.
     
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    Stop lubricating on the humans toys.....couldn't resist...
     

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