Separating the bubble from the card backer...

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  1. Cortexitron

    Cortexitron Alternate Reality Patrol

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    Just wondering if anyone knows any good ways of removing the plastic bubble from the card backer without destroying the front of the card. I got a European RTS Wreck-Gar and want to save the card because of the multiple languages on the back. I may not take it out of the package, but if I do, I'd like to keep the card looking nice. Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Cybermnky

    Cybermnky Well-Known Member

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    run a sharp knife or x-acto blade around the lip of the bubble. If you're careful the only damage on the card with be just where the bubble was attached, with out the card ripping. Be patient as possible is the best advice i can offer.
     
  3. sideswipe88

    sideswipe88 Stig's Asian Cousin

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    ^^ I used to do this, but on the last figure I got I cut the part where the bubble meets the part that touches the cardboard, but it leaves the bubble with a sharp edge. But the card is perfectly intact with a bit of plastic left.
     
  4. LCDR Blindside

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    Steam off the adhesive. No tears whatsoever.
     
  5. oswaldCobblepot

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    That can't be very good for the figure...
     
  6. Nope

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    I just rip it off and hope for the best.
     
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    I don't know how you're steaming it, but the steam is very localized. Even then, a little hot water vapor isn't gonna hurt a plastic toy.
     
  8. oswaldCobblepot

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    Maybe not the plastic, but the metal pins and screws and springs. And I don't know about your steam, but mine seems to pretty much just go wherever it pleases, and isn't localized at all. Maybe I should invest in a teapot.
     
  9. whoamidri

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    Are you thinking the steam will rust the pins/springs? If so, my opinion is that it would not be nearly enough moisture for enough time to do something like that. If I were to try this method (and I haven't) I would use something like this.

    Steam Shot

    I would be more worried that it would warp the card
     
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    I would bend the card at the border of the bubble and tear it off slowly. If the art on the card peels back, I would hold that down and tape it up after the bubble is removed. I also don't care much if the card is damaged after I take the toy out IMHO.
     
  11. Cortexitron

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    Thanks for the ideas everyone, I think I'm going to try a little of the steam, then use the sharp knife to try and work the bubble loose. If it were any other character than Wreck-Gar, I would just leave it in the package. But who doesn't want to put out another Junkion on the shelf...
     
  12. Alucard77

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    I am curious about the steaming method. How does the steam not damage the card? How do you do this?
     
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    I suppose you could cut the figure out with a hobby knife, and steam off the remains of the bubble after that.
     
  14. 2ndSndWve

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    that's what I do
     
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    I also cut the bubble just above where it contacts that backing, but I leave one side uncut. That is, after cutting it open, it works like a clamshell. This is bulkier than just keeping the back, but I can keep the old packages in a corrugated cardboard box and store them in the garage where I have more room than inside the house. If I want the figure to go back in the package, everything goes back together not too differently from how it was in the first place.
     
  16. sideswipe88

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    Yeah I do the same, I just leave the bottom intact and put a piece of scotch tape on the top of the bubble to keep it from flopping around.
     
  17. TrueNomadSkies

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    This^


    Like, I've been cutting around the bubble with a knife for a while now, but this seems like a much better way if done right.
     
  18. Superquad7

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    I use an X-Acto knife when I open modern toys, as I resource my cardbacks. I just cut up to the cardback on the bubble and trim around.

    For vintage, I leave it how I find it.
     
  19. Erland

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    I take a knife and start at the bottom, work around carefully, watching the inside as i cut to make sure i'm not cutting too much or too little. Normally it works out pretty well. I try to leave one side uncut so when I'm done I can tape it back up and it looks like stock.
     
  20. Blackout32

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    I highly recomment this action of the sharp knife or pocket knife or as he also said a x-acto blade.

     

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