toys and smells...

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Lumpy, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Lumpy

    Lumpy Taylor Swift Actionmaster Super Mod

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2002
    Posts:
    18,920
    News Credits:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    292
    Likes:
    +33
    is there a way to get smells out of a toy? ie old smoke smell? will fabreeze work? or can that damage a toy...

    a friend of mine has smoked in his house for awhile, but i'm trying to convince him to stop, but he's saying that damage is already done...but i think he's dumb...there's gotta be a solution, right?
     
  2. blunghole

    blunghole The Tapeworm of Unicron!

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Posts:
    2,573
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +12
    I picked up a Magnaboss a couple of months back that smelled horribly of smoke. I cleaned it using glass cleaner and that took away about 85 per cent of the stench. After he was cleaned I hit him with Febreeze twice and it took care of the odor.

    I did test the cleaner and the Febreeze, though. I found a patch of plastic that wasn't really visible and smudged a little bit on to see if the cleaner would discolor it. I would suggest you do the same.
     
  3. Orion_Prime48

    Orion_Prime48 Super Sentai Purist

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Posts:
    8,355
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +3
    that will come in handy. I had to move back in with my parents and they smoke heavily so im sure everything now reeks of it. but atleast when I sell something I can remove that awful smell
     
  4. MidnightBliss

    MidnightBliss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Posts:
    4,131
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +4
    I found the best, my opinin, to remove smoke smell. I used to live with my 2 chimneys, or parents, and had some toys displayed. When I moved out......Hot Damn!!! They reek!! After countless methods the best thing to remove the odor.......Oxygen.

    Place figures in a laundry basket or a mesh bag and put them outside on a windy day. The more wind the better. Keep them in the shade to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays.

    24-48 hours of wind should take care of almost any smell. Open them up to allow the air get into all the cracks and openings. If after a day they aren't all better, do it again. It WILL work. Now all my figs are good as new. Try it and you will be a believer.
     
  5. Edgewise

    Edgewise updated homage

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Posts:
    4,968
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +3
    I had a couple figures I bought from people that had a smoke stench... a day or 2 sitting on my sheltered deck(no direct sunlight) with plenty of fresh air took care of the odor.
     
  6. videriant

    videriant Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2007
    Posts:
    7,082
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    192
    Likes:
    +9
    Ebay:
    Oxygen IS the best solution for the obvious smell. I bought an entire lot last year that was form a smoker's. I didn't know but it was my fault for not asking. I aired it out in the garage and that took care of most of the smell.

    For the ones I kept I washed it with soap and water and then immediately dried it. Didn't do that with the electronic ones. I can only smell them if I put them directly underneath my nose.

    A bigger problem with smoking is that is discolors some of the white ones. The peroxide trick is good. I only used 3% though so it's not perfect.
     
  7. revlimiter

    revlimiter Bot Hacker

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Posts:
    1,097
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Likes:
    +3
    In order of best to worst for smokey ebay toy fixes:

    I've had luck with cat litter. I've buried a few alternators in a tub of (unused) kitty litter and gotten 99% of the smell out. They come out dusty, but smelling like nothing. 48-72 hours is good.

    I've also tried toys in a ziplock full of baking powder. They came out still smelling a little smokey and as dusty as the kitty litter toys. Same bake time as the cat litter.

    Fabreezing once in the morning and evening for 3 days didn't work to well. It takes care of about 50% of the smell, but it's not that great. And I worry about certain fragile TF plastics and that stuff. Better to do kitty litter.
     
  8. Tenebrouser

    Tenebrouser Craft...or is it crap?

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2005
    Posts:
    6,666
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Likes:
    +0
    The old sealed Tupperware trick works too, though I cleaned my figures up a bit with a wet rag first.
     
  9. Rewind

    Rewind Be Kind TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Posts:
    17,023
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    347
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Likes:
    +120
    Might depend on the potency, but fresh air has worked for me, too. I bought a bunch of Doctor Who figures recently from eBay and even though they were in excellent condition they smelled like an ashtray. After a few days sitting on the shelf though, they lost the stench.
     
  10. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Posts:
    18,190
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +54
    biggest risk here is making sure you place the figs in a place they aren't likely gonna be seen and possibly stolen from you, that and watching the weather reports as to prevent them from getting rained on
     
  11. Rodr-Evil

    Rodr-Evil Lucifer's children TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Posts:
    3,271
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +1
    Discolor? bad smell?? WOW I smoke all the time in my room with my toys and all..
     
  12. MidnightBliss

    MidnightBliss Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Posts:
    4,131
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +4
    You won't notice until you quit.
     
  13. Moonscream

    Moonscream YES, We EXIST!

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2003
    Posts:
    4,334
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Location:
    The best, the Pacific Northwest!
    Likes:
    +17
    A spray of 50% white wine vinegar and 50% water should work, too. I use it to disinfect any used ones I buy. Any leftover vinegar smell will dissipate.

    --Moony
     
  14. iheartarcee

    iheartarcee Idonotheartbeastwars

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Posts:
    1,868
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    ive bought a toy from a smoker... i honestly dont mind the smell of cigarettes but the smell from the toy was nauseous.. I did the whole set it out in fresh air and it worked well
     
  15. n_tel_ekt

    n_tel_ekt Wreaker

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Posts:
    678
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Likes:
    +0
    Im picturing all of you... smelling your toys (straaaaange... Ive never had the urge to sniff my plastic!)
     
  16. Galva-Cannon

    Galva-Cannon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2008
    Posts:
    509
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Likes:
    +0
    I thought that this thread was going to be about how different plastic smells... because damn, the rubbery plastic on my Pretenders stinks.
     
  17. jestermon

    jestermon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2006
    Posts:
    7,598
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +8
    ele

    No, I do not think there is, I tried a ton of things once on this Zoids Elephander I had won crazy cheap, I tried everything the thing still stunk, I sold it at a loss to get rid of it so it would not stink up my figures.

    I hate smokers ruining up our toys.

    Wish they had somehting that would give back that fresh out of box plastic smell.
     
  18. Macross7

    Macross7 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Posts:
    7,349
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    242
    Likes:
    +74
    Ebay:
    Soak them in a bucket of water & dish soap for a day. Let them dry out & they will be fine.
     
  19. n_tel_ekt

    n_tel_ekt Wreaker

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Posts:
    678
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Likes:
    +0
    cig smell:
    Yea, what he said, those bastards... How dare they go to the store and buy their toy with their money, take it to their house, smoke their cigarette... THEN, resell it to US... USSS!!! ...who smell our toys vigorously, in search of forbidden scents from yesteryear!

    new plastic smell: Mmmmm! Chemical-ly, Auuuugh **does the Homer Simpson daze**

    Sorry all, i have nothing important to add, I just find this thread entertaining!
     
  20. defstar

    defstar Autobot...

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Posts:
    3,592
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +1
    Wrap the TF in news paper and seal in an air-tight container for a week...this will take the smell out...repeat a couple times with fresh news paper if needed...
     

Share This Page