Repairing Bent/Warped Soft Plastic

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  1. Predakign2000

    Predakign2000 All Hail Unicron!!!

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    I have a few figures that have warped soft plastic parts, mostly due to my own fault when I packed them when I moved. How can I fix this?
     
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    Sammael MightyMegatron from ATT

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    Use a hair dryer to soften the plastic completely, and then bend it back to the original shape. Then immediately place the plastic part in icy water to make it retain the new shape.
     
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    Salvanis Probably not a true fan.

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    Basically, you just want a safe way to heat the plastic until it softens and goes back to its original shape; I've always found dipping the affected parts in boiling water for 5-10 seconds at a time (repeated as necessary) to be effective in straightening them out - I've never had to manually straighten the parts using that method; they just kind of move back on their own. You could probably just hold the parts over the water and steam them if you don't feel comfortable getting your toys wet, but I've never had a problem with hot water. After the parts are back in their normal position, just let them sit until they're cool and they should be fine.

    Never tried the hair dryer approach since I don't have one lying around, but I would imagine it would work about as well.
     
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    Hair dryer method worked for my GDO Megatron
     
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    I am not proud of this but i use my own body heat in m hands after drinking some monster, I **** you guys not, I could warp crayons into perfect circles with my fingers
     
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    Hair dryer can melt the plastic if you're not careful.

    I used to use boiling water but now I use the steam that comes out of a kettle at the end of a boil cycle.

    Steam!
     
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    the best is the hair dryer :)  no doubt about it
     
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    Agamus Not an Iguana

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    Do any of these techniques work for hard plastics as well?
     
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    depends on plastic but in my experience yes (warm/hot water)

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    You could even fix stress marks, if you use a low temp heat gun. Stress marks begone.
     

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