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 Post subject: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:31 pm 
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hey guys, so i just cleaned out my grandmother's old storage shed in preparation to move and i found a LOT of old toys. vintage star wars, transformers and real ghostbusters. however, a lot of the ghosts from the ghostbusters figures are sticky. i am assuming it's because my mom smoked in our house, although i am not for certain. the same thing happened with a bunch of old he-man guys i sold. they were all sticky. anyhow, i plan on selling these to help fund my move to los angeles (with the price of gas the way it is, i may be selling some kidneys, too!), so, here's the question: how do i get rid of it? furthermore, should i even bother? is it something collectors of old figures just assume they're going to have to deal with? the guy that bought all my motu figures didnt say a word about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:23 am 
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A good friend has tried this product and was greatly impressed by the results. YMMV

http://www.twinpines.com/Catalog.html?V ... ryID=00003


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:44 am 
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awesome. thanks, vader. hopefully i can get a bottle of that pretty quick. what does ymmv mean?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:28 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:37 am 
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ah, gotcha.


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:21 pm 
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Have you tried using a sock?


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:44 pm 
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you mean just wiping them off with something? i soaked a few of them in peroxide, and then wiped them off with a napkin. that helped a little, but not much.


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:27 pm 
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vader wrote:
A good friend has tried this product and was greatly impressed by the results. YMMV
http://www.twinpines.com/Catalog.html?V ... ryID=00003

Thanks for the heads up on this, Pete. I think I'll get some. A fair amount of the vintage figures I get come a bit sticky. Sometimes just soap and water works, but now always.
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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:25 am 
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shishalzafrazz wrote:
awesome. thanks, vader. hopefully i can get a bottle of that pretty quick. what does ymmv mean?
Cantina-Dan wrote:
Thanks for the heads up on this, Pete. I think I'll get some. A fair amount of the vintage figures I get come a bit sticky. Sometimes just soap and water works, but now always.

You're welcome, guys. Would be nice to see some before-and-after pics :)


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will remove old blood, smoke, crayon, chewing gum, food stains, grease, lipstick, tar, tape and sticker residues, wax and most other soils.

Toys that might have been used as murder weapons still need to be cleaned :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:38 pm 
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sticky toys are usually the result of a breakdown in the chemical bonds of the plastic itself.

it is an irreversible process, and the toy is destined to destabilize until it is a toxic goop.

this is the destiny of all of our plastic toys, unfortunately.

nothing can stop it, but storage in a cool, dry place will prolong the life of your toys.


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 Post subject: Re: Help cleaning stickiness off old figures??
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:20 pm 
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I always use a very simple method that's never let me down. if the figures are merely plastic with no springs or metal parts or anything, I simply let them soak in hot water briefly. The water makes the plastic less rigid and more susceptible to cleaning. And then I proceed in gently scrubbing them with an old, worn toothbrush (with very soft bristles to make it easy on the paint) and then going over them with a wet washcloth. if the figures contain metal or whatnot, skip the soaking and just focus on the scrubbing and wiping for a bit longer, I've made very filthy Thundercats, He-Man and Star Wars figures (among others) shine like new pennies with this simple, and cheap method. Also, a dab of toothpaste can also come in handy.

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