iCleaning figures?n/a

So I've been wondering, how do I exactly clean my figures? I've been using one of my old paintbrushes (all paint is washed out) to dust them. Is that ok?

Thank you for any help.

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05 months agoLikemike55Likemike55
I use lens cleaning brush with a built in puffer/blower thing. I use the puffer to blow away loose dust, and then the brush for the more stubborn dust. These days I have too many figures to dust so I'm in the process of dust proofing my cabinets xD
05 months agoRychiRychi
I use makeup brushes :D They are soft and perfect
15 months agoMeloncreamsodaMeloncreamsoda
I'm using a lens cleaning pen, which is kind of a small brush for cleaning purposes. But don't make the same mistake as me and use the stamp-like side (if it has one), because it left black stains on a figure ._.
15 months agoKalasRavenKalasRaven
I have tons of artist brushes left over from my college days so I just use those. :D They're soft and come in various sizes for big areas or hard to reach places. :3
45 months ago (5 months ago)StalgonoffStalgonoff
I'm sure this has already been beaten to death, but here's my 2 cents.

I dust bases and the shelves with a swiffer duster, then use a large soft blush makeup brush to clean the figures themselves. Small soft paintbrushes help as well, especially in hard to reach areas. You can also use a microfiber cloth. (Side note: having a window open when dusting helps circulate air and flushes some of the dust out when you disturb it. If you just dust in a closed area a lot of it gets thrown into the air then settles back where it was because there's no other place for it to go.)

Compressed air canisters are great for cleaning hard to reach areas as well, but some people have an aversion to them. Arguments I've seen say the chemicals used aren't good for the figures, but I haven't seen much actual proof on either side: it's just people's guts telling them it's ok/bad.

If you have to wash a figure use lukewarm or cool water with a mild detergent and rub it in with your hands. When drying them use a cloth, instead of paper towel, as a paper towel can leave paper residue. You can speed up the drying process with a fan. (I use q-tips to get moisture out of peg holes etc..) Some people say to only use filtered water when washing figures to avoid mineral deposits, but in the few instances where I had to wash my figures (Shiro arrived in factory sealed box with a bit of sticky residue on her leg) I didn't notice any discolouration etc. that may occur from tap water.

To clean off paint transfer a bit of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip does wonders (but test it on an inconspicuous spot first just in case). I've seen lots of comments about gently scrubbing the spot with a Magic Eraser which I don't doubt works, but personally I don't want to risk messing up.

That's about all I can think of. Rockgoditachi (a user here) has a good playlist of videos covering basics like cleaning and repairing. The cleaning video is here [ext link ].

Edit: Baking powder can be used to remove odours from figures. I use it as a general purpose odour removour by keeping it near odours that need removing, but I recently saw a post suggesting to put a figure in a box of baking powder, using paper towel to prevent it from getting on the figure, then leaving it sealed for a day. Repeat as necessary.

Hope some of these helped.
15 months agoJenthehenJenthehen Otaku at Law
GCNess (5 months ago) #17267038I've always been interested in the lives of figure collecting. I wish you the best of luck!

Me, too!
05 months agoGCNessGCNess
Jenthehen (5 months ago) #17267033I have a 2 year old. I'd say collecting is pretty much the same so far. I got a small wooden cabinet for Christmas ([ext link ]) that I'm going to put the truly 18+ figures in with a lock on the door. He's still too young for it to matter much, but I'm trying to be proactive :) (and free up some Detolf space!)
I try to keep him out of the room where I keep my figures and other anime merchandise, but he does go in there sometimes. I let him play with this figure item #79507 and show him stuff and he can touch trading figures or less fragile stuff. He's around sometimes when I open orders or package up something I'm selling, so he's used to that, I think.
Mostly, there just isn't much time to photograph, clean, gaze lovingly at figures now ;)

I've always been interested in the lives of figure collecting. I wish you the best of luck!
45 months agoJenthehenJenthehen Otaku at Law
GCNess (5 months ago) #17267018Wait you have children? If so, what is it like figure collecting with children?

I have a 2 year old. I'd say collecting is pretty much the same so far. I got a small wooden cabinet for Christmas ([ext link ]) that I'm going to put the truly 18+ figures in with a lock on the door. He's still too young for it to matter much, but I'm trying to be proactive :) (and free up some Detolf space!)

I try to keep him out of the room where I keep my figures and other anime merchandise, but he does go in there sometimes. I let him play with this figure item #79507 and show him stuff and he can touch trading figures or less fragile stuff. He's around sometimes when I open orders or package up something I'm selling, so he's used to that, I think.

Mostly, there just isn't much time to photograph, clean, gaze lovingly at figures now ;)
05 months agoGCNessGCNess
Jenthehen (5 months ago) #17267012I dust like once every 2 years for the detolf ones - I use swifter type duster carefully. I may try a makeup brush next time I actually feel so inclined.
/life after children lol

Wait you have children? If so, what is it like figure collecting with children?
15 months ago (5 months ago)JenthehenJenthehen Otaku at Law
I dust like once every 2 years for the detolf ones - I use swifter type duster carefully. I may try a makeup brush next time I actually feel so inclined.

/life after children lol

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