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Yeah, today we will talk about how to wash your figures properly and what kind of products you can use on them!

I usually wash my PVC/ABS figures once a year with simple water; if some of them have some smudges or similar I use a soft sponge without any kind of soap (I'm afraid to remove the paint!).
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I'm curious, what would the effectiveness of computer safe "Airwash" cans be?
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Pretty sure the paint used by most makers is sturdy enough to resist water washing......unless you use boiling hot water wich could warp the pvc as well :p

I occasionally have to wash whit water my Saber armored figma since she seem to attract a very greasy substance on herself all the time (doesnt happen to any other of my figs o.o) and i have to use warm water, so far no paint washed off.


As for airwash cans, one of my friend uses that and it works wonders i hear (im too cheap to buy one of those x3)
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RakkaKazeI'm curious, what would the effectiveness of computer safe "Airwash" cans be?

You mean compressed air cans? I've heard this is a very bad idea before and can damage your figures. I'd stay away from it.

I know one user just twirls his figures around in water, I'd prefer to wash my figures like that XD Dusting takes forever.

Also, be careful with washing figures that have screws in them like action figures, since you don't want to rust the screws or wear them down. I think it would be a bad idea to put it in a fridge or freezer to relieve the problem with Saber for that reason.
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kilaniRakkaKazeI'm curious, what would the effectiveness of computer safe "Airwash" cans be?

You mean compressed air cans? I've heard this is a very bad idea before and can damage your figures. I'd stay away from it.

How so?

I typically use compressed air for hard-to-reach places (cotton swabs are good for this, too), and a combo of compressed air and anti-static cloths (or just plain old tissues) for general dusting. For smudges, I find that plasticy white erasers like the Sanford Magic Rub ones work wonders.
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kilaniRakkaKazeI'm curious, what would the effectiveness of computer safe "Airwash" cans be?

You mean compressed air cans? I've heard this is a very bad idea before and can damage your figures. I'd stay away from it.


i usually use that and i've never had a problem.
i also use some soft (and cheap) makeup brush. i've never used wather....
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I typically use compressed air for hard-to-reach places (cotton swabs are good for this, too), and a combo of compressed air and anti-static cloths (or just plain old tissues) for general dusting. For smudges, I find that plasticy white erasers like the Sanford Magic Rub ones work wonders.


I honestly wish I could remember, but it was 5 or so years ago and I have a really poor memory. Unfortunately the forum is defunct as well.
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If you don't hold the can at a 90 degree angle, you'll see a spray of liquid instead of just air coming out. I've read that this chemical can damage the paint on figures, which is why I only dip them in water these days.
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raetehytanIf you don't hold the can at a 90 degree angle, you'll see a spray of liquid instead of just air coming out. I've read that this chemical can damage the paint on figures, which is why I only dip them in water these days.

Agreed !

I usually wash figures with clear water ... but when i don't have much time for household or when doing general dusting i use those air compressed cans things.

As raetehytan saiz, if you reverse the can and press the button ... then BOOM ! ... nevermind ...

But if you do this, instead of compressed air you obtain very cold water spray ... which surely is a good self defense system in the street but not good for the safety of your figures ... :D
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I take a brush and dust it off XD
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This may sound bad but I literally use Windex on my figures. So far it hasn't hurt them and since I'm not currently living in a smoke free home it gets them clean. I never scrub them (with anything) though because that's what takes paint off from my experience.

When I bathe them I have a few steps:

1. Dust off with a swiffer duster thing.
2. Rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Windex and let sit for 15 seconds.
4. Rinse off with cold water.
5. Let dry under a fan and on top of a towel.
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I know this topic is quite old, and I apologize for that. But I just wanted to say 'thanks' for all the great tips I've read here. I bought a 2nd hand figure which was a little dirty and I didn't know if I could use plain water to clean her. Reading through this topic I thought 'others had success, so why not try it' and now she's all clean again.

I do want to add the fact I use compressed air cans all the time and they work wonders. Never had any trouble with them. Just don't press the button to hard when dealing with fragile figures. (Out of safety).
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Wow, I might try compressed air cans some time...
Thanks for all the tips!

I usually sit and spend a whole afternoon cleaning them with a clean piece of cloth and cotton swabs, but some of my oldest figures are getting quite dirty, so I might as well try water <:
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I usually just dust with a clean cloth on my figures. When I recieve really dirty or extremely dusty figures, I use very little scent free dish soap mixed with cold water. Then a rinse to clear all soap and let them air dry. That method works great for me.:)
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I have a problem with my Nendo Miku and really need help.
She's really sticky/oily.
I've tried the freezing method and also washing it with just water, but it doesn't seem to help at all.
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mizunoyukinoI have a problem with my Nendo Miku and really need help.
She's really sticky/oily.
I've tried the freezing method and also washing it with just water, but it doesn't seem to help at all.


Does the freezing method apply for figures that have joints as well? For Revoltech, Figma, Play Arts, MMS, etc.?
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mizunoyukinoI have a problem with my Nendo Miku and really need help.
She's really sticky/oily.
I've tried the freezing method and also washing it with just water, but it doesn't seem to help at all.


may be u can try this way

1. Flush with flowing water.
2. scrub with a toothbrush that has been soaked with dish soap with clean good quality
3. clean the rest of soap with flowing water again
4. then dry with a towel or hair dryer.

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I'm extremely new to being an owner of scaled figures. I got my Momohime figure a few weeks ago. I took it out a few times and left it out in my room for about a day before I felt the need to box it back up and leave it alone.

My room conditions are:
1. Cool draft/Cool spring morning temperature with the window open.
2. Window Closed = warm room temperature due to Xbox Elite and Computer always on.

3. Dimmed sunlight from blinds in window. Also there is an overhead fan with a common light bulb in it.
4. There is a furnace in my room that turns on occasionally.

Is it safe to leave my figures out in the open on my bookshelf? I heard they need to "breathe". Should I buy a case? Please give me some advice on how to take care of them. Thanks to this thread, I now know how to clean them and maintain their luster. But not how to safeguard them from the environment. (sorry if this is off-topic; I don't know where to go to ask)
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I own a Kanu Uncho figure that seems to always stick to the base within an hour of setting on it. Does this mean the figure is "oily". Should I dip it in water (warm? cold?) and then let it air dry? Mind you, I don't have the money for the Air Cans.. (Would rather put that towards another figure from my wishlist. haha)

Here's the link to the figure I'm talking about.
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iTheShirtI own a Kanu Uncho figure that seems to always stick to the base within an hour of setting on it. Does this mean the figure is "oily". Should I dip it in water (warm? cold?) and then let it air dry? Mind you, I don't have the money for the Air Cans.. (Would rather put that towards another figure from my wishlist. haha)

Here's the link to the figure I'm talking about.
item #148


I have that figure & just checked her & while the she was stuck to the base she did not exhibit the sticky/oily issue so I think you are fine. Your figure is leaching potentially dangerous PVC plasticizers if you can feel the oily stickyness on it's surface. You can also see a glossy sheen if you shine a light on it. It's a very annoying issue because these figures aren't cheap.

I actually emailed Amiami about this & here's their advice.

"Once the figures have gotten oily like that, the best you can do without damaging them is to clean them using water and a very mild detergent. We suggest using a soft cloth rather than paper towel to avoid the paper sticking to the figure.

Another pointer to avoid this from happening is to remove figures from their box as soon as possible and put them in a well ventilated area for a few days. In front of a fan would be ideal, although maybe not the most practical. The chemicals get trapped in the sealed package and rather than protect your figures the box winds up doing them much more harm.
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