Restoration: Cleaning vintage figures & dealing with annoying rusted/rotten screws?

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  1. mrclean08

    mrclean08 G1 FOR LIFE

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    I'm in the process of cleaning and restoring my G1 Fort Max. I decided to fully disassemble everything and give it a thorough cleaning. All was going well until I got to the main body parts where I noticed some of the screws were so rusted, and that their screw heads were beyond disintegrated. I am now unable to proceed.

    There is one body screw that I need to remove to remove the main body halves, but I am challenged on how to remove it. Have any of you experienced rusted / rotten screws when restoring your vintage Transformers and were you able to remove them? Can Coke/Pepsi remove rotten screws? Would it harm the plastic?
     
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    The Pepsi would make it sticky and you'll have to further clean that off as well. Maybe replace the screws? Take the originals out and take them to a DIY store and inquire about sizes etc.
     
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    The old myth is that soda dissolves the screw, so I wouldn't try that. I've found that if you get the biggest straight head that will fit in the screw, and use the kind that attaches to a drill, press it in really hard and hold as you squeeze the trigger, that's the best way to remove it. If you use a four way screwdriver, it'll strip the screw.
     
  4. mrclean08

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    The head is completely stripped. I used a flashlight to look inside the screw hole, and the top of the screw head looks like a mash of rust. So saving the screw is not an option. I just want to know how I can get it out completely.

    (Luckily the placement of the screw isn't critical to keep the main body halves together, so I can live with missing this one screw.)
     
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    If you own a dremel you could use a pointed grinding bit to grind the head of the screw off, i had had success with this method in the past.
     

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