Transmetals+Disinfectant=?

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  1. joshimuwa87

    joshimuwa87 Member

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    Well, this might be a stupid question but here goes. So I've got some transmetals that I had in storage for awhile and they are filthy, covered in dust and whatnot. I was wondering if disinfectant spray/wipes would be damaging, and if so, what would be recommended to clean them?

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. Valkysas

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    I clean everything with a paintbrush, and damp Q-tips. it takes forever, but there's pretty much no risk of damaging anything.
     
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    Try water and swabs first. You'll probably find they do the job just fine without resorting to chemicals.
    Last year I did a full clean on my Fort Max who had suffered in a damp and dusty storage. Along with just plain water I just used a paintbrush for dry dust, wet and dry Q-tips, a toothbrush for surfaces with finer molding the Q-tip can't get into, and a couple of cloths. Wet a small area, scrub and/or wipe it, dry it off. I even surface cleaned the stickers no problem. I just took off as many of his parts as possible before starting to make getting into every crevice easier. And that was also useful for separating the cleaned parts out of the way.
    Fort Max now looks brand new.
     
  4. joshimuwa87

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    Ok, I'll definitely try what you guys suggested. Thanks!
     
  5. Arkvander

    Arkvander Optimal Optimist TFW2005 Supporter

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    Just be very careful whatever you do. The metallic paint can flake very easily and once it starts there is no stopping it. I would say nothing stronger than water with a tiny bit of soap.
     
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    canned air , the kind for cleaning electronics can be useful , but if you have stickers that are coming loose or the beginnings of the chrome flaking don't use it as it could cause damage to those areas.
     
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    if you own Transmetal Megatron, be careful. He suffers from GPS and the bronze plastic may become brittle over time.
     
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    DO NOT USE A SWIFTER...I DID THIS TO BOTCON BLUE CRAB SHOCKY...and BAM...BLUE SNOW FLAKES EVERYWHERE :/
     
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    Don't use rubbing alcohol, it can dull the shiny parts and make the stickers fade.
     
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    Why would anyone use rubbing alchohol? It strips paint, and yeah, obliterates chrome. Know what else people shouldn't use to clean toys? Acetone. Ketchup. Salt. Lava.
     
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    I use Lava all the time, no problems for me.
     
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    So thats where I went wrong!!!

    On a more serious note though, Ketchup actually works great to clean off metal - I used to do it with my coin collection when I was a kid, you gotta be really careful though and wash it off propperly and then dry all the water off or the metal turns blackish. I don't know if there has to be a certain kind of metal composition, but I guess it's worth a shot if you want to clean off some metal parts that aren't painted on an old g1 toy or something, or possibly not wipe it off propperly until the metal parts have turned black if you want that effect :p 
     
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    since i don't own any TM's, can Future Floor polish be used to preserve the metallic paint?
     
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    The Hasbro one is notorious for this, however the Takara one doesn't seem to suffer that problem.
     
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    I recently got a lot of Transmetals in rough shape and washed them in warm soapy water.

    I submerged them for a couple of hours to let then soak, then wiped them off with a cloth and tooth brush for the more detailed parts. Now these toys were already flaking, and this whole process accelerated the chrome paint loss, but they are clean now.

    I sometimes use a Mr Clean Magic eraser on plastics, but its not good on stickers and I wouldn't use it on chrome either.
     
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    So why is Transmetals so prone to Chrome flaking? I have a lot of other chromed up toys that have no problems (aside from scratches).
     
  19. Valkysas

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    I guess they didn't seal it correctly, or something was bad in the chemical mix, or the environment it was done in (too much moisture, too little, etc)

    All my transmetals are flawless, because I handle them like newborn babies.
     
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    I know of 2 people who did.

    Many wipes also contain alcohol so they aren't safe too.
     

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