Customs: Really dumb question about magic erasers

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  1. Dunkle

    Dunkle The Merch Mercenary

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    Okie doke, so I recently got my hands on some good ol’ magic erasers to remove some factory paint, only to find out seconds later that using them may also damage HAS/TAK plastics detrimentally on some thread. This is gonna sound incredibly stupid but I seriously want to make sure I don’t go and break some stuff accidentally so....

    What’s the best way prep figures for using magic erasers, do I just do what the instructions on the package ask me to and be done with it or is there some specific method I need to know?
     
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    Aren't magic erasers just a micro-abrasive sponge? What damage did they say it does besides abrading the plastic (which is exactly what you're trying for)?
     
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    Apparently it said I had to apply water as if I’m washing a dish or something rather on the package, although I have a feeling I may have misunderstood this from here: Minor/Repaint: - WFC-E11 Optimus Prime Metallic Touch-Ups

    If so then that would really be a stupid question lmao
     
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    That post mentions something called gm eraser which I believe stands for Gundam marker eraser (pretty sure that's what was being discussed earlier in that thread but I don't remember for sure). It's some kind of paint thinner marker which, according to that post, reacts badly with some kinds of plastic.

    A magic eraser is just an abrasive sponge so it won't cause any chemical reactions. And no, not a stupid question - if you don't understand something, it's always better to ask than risk ruining a figure you want to customize.
     
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    thank you so much for clarifying man, really appreciate it
     
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    I would stay away from gundam markers on transformers in general. It crumbles softer plastic, like the kind that hasbro likes to use on pinned joints. I learned the hard way with a TR megatron to tarn conversion, when I tried to paint his shoulder joints with marker it disintegrated. It was an expensive mistake
     
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    huh, oddly enough I used the metallic marker just to paint the eyes on some of my figures after disassembling the head, and everything’s fine? Maybe I just got away lucky that time but I’ll definitely use more caution next time

    thanks for the heads up my dude
     
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    It really depends on the plastic, most Transformer toys use a combination of different types of plastics for different parts and I was using black Gundam marker
     
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    Were you using it to do panel lining or just to paint over large surfaces?
     
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    I was going to use it to paint awkward areas I didnt want gummed with paint and would flake any way. I was painting the shoulder of a TR megatron