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fishfan

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cleaning vintage figs
« on: August 13, 2011, 02:18:13 PM »

So I just came into a collection of vintage figs and most if not all of the torso's on them have a white film on them.  Originally I thought they were just worn, but I tried scraping one and the stuff came off. 

Is there a safe way to clean this stuff off without damaging/ruining the plastic?  And am I giving myself a rainy day job using a toothpick, q-tip and some handsoap?
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Re: cleaning vintage figs
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 09:26:51 AM »

I am not sure what the white film is, but some of my JLU figures have turned white so I opened them and washed them off with soap and water it seemes to have worked. I have used this method for whitening ABS plastic that has turned yellow, called Retro Bright
http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/Retr0Bright+Gel I used it mainly to whiten vintage white LEGO pieces that were no longer in production, works great and makes them look like new and does not affect the print at all. It does not work on coloured bricks because it tends to make them turn a marble like colour. I have not tried this on my vintage Star wars figures so I am not sure what the results would be. I have also used polywatch http://www.squiggly.com/ca/en/swatch/polywatch-poly.htm it is used to take the scratches off the plastic crystal on Swatch Watches and you have to order it from the Netherlands. However it worls great on ABS, especially on LEGO bricks as it finely removes scratches/dirt and does does not detroy the plastic. You could try that to remove and film on the torso providing there is no print because this will take the print off but it is really not too abrasive. I might try that on my vintage Luke Skywalker and see if I can remove some of the scratches from his arms.
Good luck!
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Re: cleaning vintage figs
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 07:47:12 AM »

Awesome.  Thanks for the info!
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Re: cleaning vintage figs
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 04:59:00 AM »

I also thank you for the info.
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Re: cleaning vintage figs
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 04:07:43 PM »

Just a side note, if you are whitening many white "yellowed" LEGO bricks. I don't make the the gel but just activate the oxy with a little boiling water and then add to the hydrogen peroxide. I then drop all the yellowed pieces into a jar and put in the sun, direct sun. You  will see the little bubbles cling on the bricks and within hrs the yellowing process will be reversed. Once white again I wash off the pieces with soap and water. For Star Wars figure though I would make the gel and apply  and see what happens. Use at your own risk though.
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Re: cleaning vintage figs
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 12:32:10 PM »

I've had a lot of success with alcohol swabs...the kind they brush on your arm prior to an injection.

You have to be careful though, if you rub too hard, you might remove minor paint details

I guess this would also be in the "use at your own risk" category
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Re: cleaning vintage figs
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014, 10:37:19 PM »

For me I have always used Q-Tips and rubbing alcohol

But thanks for the additional info.
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