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A while back, I was at the house of a friend of mine and was inspecting his modest figure collection. His figures are all quite old releases and with the exception of his Mon-sieur Bome catgirl were all gashapon or trading figures.
I made pretty extensive repairs to an old Cardcaptor Sakura trading figure per his request (her head had to be reattached and her wings and legs required cleanup and rejoining to the torso.)

However, the largest job I took from him was the task of cleaning his entire collection.

His figures were completely FILTHY. How filthy you ask? I would've guessed he stored his collection above the stove and gave it nightly dustbaths.
I don't think he had EVER cleaned his figures, the poor things were so coated with oily film and clods of debris.
To clean all of these, I used warm and cool water, generous dollops of ordinary dish soap, and a small paintbrush. It's my hope that this display of results shows the effectiveness of this method.
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Here's Mon-sieur Bome #6 Kirasaki Sai Green ver. before I cleaned her:
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It makes you cringe to see it, doesn't it? Those clumps of dust were loose and powdery but under them was a layer of dark grey gunk that only came off after persistent scrubbing.
I had to rinse and scrub her twice to get it out of all the crevices, but the paintbrush worked very well for this process. The base was for some reason especially annoying to clean, but I eventually got all of the greasy lines off it.

Good as new!
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/moronokimi/15405206/32078/original.jpg


Another one with especially extensive filth is Hitotsubashi Yurie Completed figure from "Kamichu!".
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As you can see she comes apart into many pieces which did make the cleaning a bit easier.
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/moronokimi/15405206/30628/original.jpg

Her gunk came off with some hand scrubbing but her hair and skirt pieces required the paintbrush treatment.
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/moronokimi/15405206/32404/original.jpg


By far the most filthy figure was Chobits Chii Maid ver. from Konami. She was so spectacularly caked with filth that just barely touching her left a nasty residue on my hand. Just...just LOOK at it, it's awful! And this is AFTER a small initial rinse.
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/moronokimi/15405206/30955/original.jpg

I took some pictures as I gradually scrubbed off the layers of grime. I don't even remember how many times I had to do this to get her clean. You can see how red my hands are from immersion in the warm water for so long.
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Finally, FINALLY I managed to restore her. I'm not sure some of the staining on her white parts will ever go away and she's certainly not "like new", but I did my best.
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/moronokimi/15405206/32665/original.jpg

Here's the spread of other figures all laid out to dry after their cleaning.
http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/moronokimi/15405206/31580/original.jpg
(I don't know what most of these are. Any of you eagle-eye scouts want to help out?)

I honestly can't imagine letting any of my figures get to such a state, even my little trading figures. Their owner said he was just too lazy and/or kept forgetting. I hope he takes better care in the future!
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09 months agoaquacapsakaquacapsak
Wow! That just made me cringe.... I have more figures than my tiny room can hold atm so alot of them are going into storage now but I NEVER let my figures get that dirty! I make sure to clean them all at LEAST once a month or evry other month. Speaking of which my shelf is due another cleaning... >.>
01 year ago (1 year ago)MoroMoro
LadyStarstorm (1 year ago) #1348639Ahhh those are horrible! Truth be told, I have more figures than I can keep up with cleaning REGULARLY, but NONE of mine have EVER been quite that awful. I have to ask, for the ones with that "under-dust" layer that feels funny and doesn't look quite clean despite canned air/brushing with a paintbrush, was the dish cleaner very effective and didn't damage the figure at all? I probably have a few oldies that have that feeling to them, that I've been too worried to scrub deeply at for fear of ruining them.
I used Kirkland Signature Ultra Concentrated Dish Liquid (Citrus Scent) and I really went at them with a plastic-bristled paintbrush multiple times. I would scrub, rinse, leave to soak in warm but not hot water for a few hours, then take them out and scrub them again. It took quite a long time but eventually removed that layer of grime/"under-dust" with no harm to the figures.
01 year agoLadyStarstormLadyStarstorm
Ahhh those are horrible! Truth be told, I have more figures than I can keep up with cleaning REGULARLY, but NONE of mine have EVER been quite that awful. I have to ask, for the ones with that "under-dust" layer that feels funny and doesn't look quite clean despite canned air/brushing with a paintbrush, was the dish cleaner very effective and didn't damage the figure at all? I probably have a few oldies that have that feeling to them, that I've been too worried to scrub deeply at for fear of ruining them.
01 year agosillyker0niansillyker0nian
Now I feel better about my Miku. She did not, and never will, get that bad. Oh...my gosh ;.;
01 year agoMoroMoro
kemando (1 year ago) #1101605That's how long without cleaning?

Years. Like...more than a few.
01 year agokemandokemando
That's how long without cleaning? I dust mine every few weeks or so with a swiffer duster, that's about it.
01 year agoShinigamiyokoShinigamiyoko
Eek. I admit, some of my trading figures have been a little neglected lately, but I don't think they've ever gotten this bad.
...Suddenly I feel like cleaning everything I own right now XD
01 year agolucy4lucy4 Free! Lover
OMG!!!
01 year agoStalkingStalking Loli hunter
I'm sorry to say this so bluntly, but people like that shouldn't collect.
That is horrible, and I thought my boyfriend didn't take good care of them... (He cleans them every so many months, but he has a really tiny collection, so he could easily clean them weekly in just ten minutes;; )

Anyway, to avoid having my princesses get even the slightest layer of filth, I only display them in a glass case since a year ago, but..
I just can't, this article made me cringe and ahhh

AGHGHGHGH

;A; I love cleaning figures
01 year agoMoroMoro
Jenthehen (1 year ago) #1086596HOOOOOLY CRAP. Sorry, but he must also never clean his room / house PERIOD for things to get THAT dirty.
Actually his house, while not sparkling, isn't all that dirty. It's just that he's had most of these for years and years and just hasn't bothered to clean them (lazyyyyy).

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