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cleaning/caring for your figurescleaning/caring for your figures

mimi_himemimi_hime8 months agoTutorial
So lets talk about cleaning our collections,it's a pain and can be time consuming especially with the more figures you have but it will make your collection look much nicer in their displays and also keep the figures lasting longer so lets get started!

Temperature
this is something i think anyone whos collected for a while would know. figures are normally made of pvc/resin or some sort of moldable material which becomes playable in heat or fragile in the cold,keep them out of direct sunlight and away from windows,you always wanna keep your figures in a room temperature so if you live in a hot place get your self an air conditioner and if your in a cold place get your self a heater because when it becomes too warm figures begin to warp.now clearly it wont happen right away but it will happen over time any leaning figures are prone to this, and in rooms that are to cold figures can shatter more easily mainly thin parts like hair tips,fingers,toes ect. if you need to store a figure keep away from garages and sheds and if you have the choice try and keep them out of the basement during already cold seasons with no heating

Dusting and physical cleaning
so in reality figures should be dusted once a week but lets be real no one has time for that so if your figures are displayed in the open dust them every 1-2 weeks and if it's in a display case once a month is fine

so actually dusting is straight forward just dust them some things tat are good are
.makeup blush brush
.swifter duster
.air can duster
.for small crevasses use Q-tips
.micro fiber rags

now if your figure is really dirty like its been out for years and is caked in dust or its just obtained a random scuff mark from god knows where heres what you do

for a small scuff use a magic eraser or if it's a paint scuff from something like a caste off skirt or top and the magic eraser isnt working,this will be a little scary, taking a q-tip use a tiny bit of paint thinner and rub it off, BE CAREFUL!, you want to be light and slow so you dont grab any of thee figures original paint

if your figure is completely caked in dust cus you left it on a shelf for a few years and forgot about it heres how we do it

take the figure apart and take any pieces off run it under luke warm water and using a soft sponge wash all the pieces,for this you can also use a little dawn,dont actually scrub the piece you dont wanna leave any marks or take off any paint, when your done dry it using a micro fiber cloth then for safe measure blast it with an air duster to get any water left over,YOU DONT WANNA LEAVE ANY MOISTER ON IT, put it back together and your good to go you have yourself a squeaky clean figure

Oily figures
so the thing with older figure is that after some time the materiel will let off a weird moister that makes the figure look oily,theres nothing you can do to prevent this but there is a way to clean it and keep it at bay. so no mater how many times yo clean it it will come back it's just because of the old material but i find that is you wash it with a mild detergent it will keep the oilyness away for 2-3 weeks before it comes back

so in luke warm water pour a bit of mild detergent in till the water is cloudy and put a bit on the figure it's self, give it a good rub down in the water then rinse clean and dry then that figure should be good for a few weeks


I HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FIGURE
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1pt
I have always used and will continue to use a model cleaning brush: www.1999.co.jp/...

I never liked the idea of using other brushes because the bristles can be harsh; a model brush is very delicate and fit for purpose.
8 months ago
1pt
Jenthehen (8 months ago) #45729768www.amazon.com/...
Instead of an air duster that is only a set number of uses.


That's perfect, but shipping and customs would cost more than the duster...
8 months ago
1pt
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thekaiser (8 months ago) #45702624Being new to the hobby, I appreciate your articles. Gokurosan! 2 questions:
1. Air dusters are crazy expensive in my country. Do you know some ghetto alternative?
2. I like your sponging under water tip. What happens if I leave some moisture?


www.amazon.com/...

Instead of an air duster that is only a set number of uses.
8 months ago
1pt
I just started getting into collecting figures, and although I know that I should dust them regularly, this post helps a lot with other stuff that might come down the line when it comes to cleaning. Thanks for the helpful post!
8 months ago
1pt
For my display case I dust as needed, which is usually once every 3-4 months.

In regards to caked on dust, I just use an unused toothbrush, and some warm soapy water.
8 months ago
1pt
mimi_hime (8 months ago) #45703173snip

Air dusters go for 30-50 CAD in India and with all the figures I have, it'll probably add up. The only affordable air duster is manual and that seems like a pain. Tough luck I guess.

I had used hot water to get one of my trading figures pegs to fit and he's okay externally. I hope he doesn't get mouldy.

Thanks!
8 months ago
0pt
thekaiser (8 months ago) #45702624Being new to the hobby, I appreciate your articles. Gokurosan! 2 questions:
1. Air dusters are crazy expensive in my country. Do you know some ghetto alternative?
2. I like your sponging under water tip. What happens if I leave some moisture?


there arent much alternatives that would be cheaper but really anything that blows out a decent pressure of air works i have friends that have used small compressors or the little thing that blows up air mattresses,shopping online for an air duster is cheaper i get off brand cans from amazon for 9-12 dollars cad

as for leaving water on a figure really anything can happen,if it's a small bit and i mean really small it will just evaporate but other times the water can damage or stain the paint, one time my sisters friend didnt dry out the little head cavity where the head connected to the neck and the water stayed in there and just got really gross and left a water stain,. over all it just runins the paint,can leavve stains and leaves the figure over all mucky if you dont dry it off well
8 months ago
1pt
Being new to the hobby, I appreciate your articles. Gokurosan! 2 questions:

1. Air dusters are crazy expensive in my country. Do you know some ghetto alternative?

2. I like your sponging under water tip. What happens if I leave some moisture?
8 months ago
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