Removing stickers from g1 figures

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  1. jinx23

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    Hope all is well. I often buy, trade or find g1 figures and try and fix them. However, sometimes they come with horribly or incorrectly placed stickers all over the figures. What is the best way to remove the stickers without damaging the paint, plastic or any part of the figure?

    I was thinking about buying some goo be gone or alcohol wipes.

    Thank you for any suggestions
     
  2. Anthony _aggro

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    I have used rubbing alcohol on a small bit of paper towel before, but it sometimes takes away the paint too, so be careful with it. I went to clean a hand written price off of my Jazz Pretender shell's foot and the blue paint started coming off too.

    also, even though they are popular, repro labels have a tendency to fade quickly if they are in too much sunlight. You should keep your toys out of direct sunlight anyways. I put a reprolabel Decepticon sticker from the G1 Scourge set on my Camera and it faded in a few weeks from being outside.
     
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    I think a hair dryer is the best way to remove them. Heat the area up and once the glue is sticky again carefully remove. If adhesive is left behind, use the stickers to dab up the remaining adhesive as much as possible. Keep the hair dryer from getting too close so as not to scorch the figure.
     
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    I've often read about the lighter-fluid technique (aparently safe even for vintage fragile crusted-on ones) but have never tried it.
     
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    I've used alcohol wipes on painted diecast successfully MANY times on G1 figures. However, don't use them on chrome or autobot car windows. I once used a wipe on Tracks to get the autobot symbol off, and it left a terrible haze, the figure was ruined.
    Warm, damp washrag with a bit of soap should do it.
     
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    Lighter fluid does work wonders. I've used it many times, and because it evaporates so quickly it usually doesn't do any damage. It also works really well to remove price stickers.
     
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    I would just use old fashioned h20
     
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    I use my fingernails and wd40. Never had an issue. Lots of restorations.
     
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    alcohol on plain plastic. usually just my fingernail on painted
     
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    Things I use on unpainted surfaces:
    -Alcohol
    -WD40
    -Lighter Fluid

    all of the above will remove paint so...

    Things I use on painted surfaces:
    -My fingers (peel off the sticker as best as you can and just scrape and rub off the mess left behind)
     
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    90% alcohol q-tips finger nails don't know why you would risk using a hair dryer on old plastic.
     
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    using a hair dryer on old plastic can actually be helpful for making stress marks disappear.
     
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    You can get rubbing alcohol is weaker mixtures. Maybe 50% will be enough to take residue away but not paint
     
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    Has anyone ever noticed that sometimes the color of the plastic where the sticker had been is a different color to the plastic color around it?