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Takeya_IizukaTakeya_Iizuka2 months ago
Hello MFC! First time posting here.

Just a little background about myself. I've started collecting anime figures early this year, so everything about this hobby is still quite new to me. Before, I mostly engaged in building 1/24 model cars, and making the odd gunpla here and there.

So a month ago, I was casually browsing the pre-owned section on amiami and noticed an ITEM:C/BOX:B ITEM #604627 was listed for 4710 yen. C rating usually means damage and this one in particular was noted to have a broken hair tie and discoloring on the chest. From what I've noticed, amiami never take photos of the damage, so it's buy at your own risk. Buying a broken scale for the price of just a bit more money than a Pop Up Parade, I figured it was worth the chance. Beside, the damage description doesn't sound that bad.

A couple of weeks later, she arrived:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200831_1935369ck7k.jpg
Literally brand new.

Let's get her out of the box:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_134731e3mjz3.jpg
Half the ribbon of the hair tie is missing and there's some black marks on the lower half of her left breast.

True to their words, the damage is exactly as described by amiami, props to their honesty.

After taking everything out, I looked closely inside the box hoping to find the broken hair tie, but alas, no luck.

Then, as I was pondering which putty I should use to rebuild the piece, I saw this:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_135107bbj1x.jpg
Taped to the back of the blister was the broken piece.

I was certain the seal on the box was never broken. So being a brand new item, the damage was already noticed at the factory and their solution was to tape the broken part to the back of the blister and just ship it out?????

Not that I'm complaining, this will make the repair a lot easier, it's just bizarre why they decided to ship out something broken.

The ribbon piece is so small and a spot that's not normally touched, I figured no pinning was required.

Out comes the CA glue:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_140514t3j2w.jpg
bSi insta-cure+ is my go-to for fast drying permanent bonds.

I applied a small drop of glue onto figure, held the broken piece with a pair of tweezers and pushed them together:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_140222kxj59.jpg
Easy as pie.

It's hard to see in the photo, but there was still a slight gap where it snapped off.
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_142353jzkcr.jpg
A touch of paint applied with a toothpick does the trick.

Moving on to the black marks on her chest:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_140914vwjm0.jpg
Upon close inspection, it appears to be paint transfer.

Now, I hear many recommend the use of magic eraser for such occasions, but it's easy to get too enthusiastic and risk ruining the area you're trying to fix with such a harsh product.

Here's what I've opted for instead:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_140935hvj5t.jpg
Tamiya polishing compound & cotton swabs.

This particular compound is their finest, and the swabs has pointed tips for precise control.

After a minute of light rubbing:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_141616x8joy.jpg
Like it never happened.

Here she is all fixed:
https://abload.de/img/p_20200904_1449007wjcr.jpg

I hope this is good insight for anyone looking to repair their figures. Do consider that there's always a risk involved when working on a prepainted figure; you might be doing more harm than good if you're not careful. Tools and processes will vary depending on damage. I got lucky this time the fixes were relatively easy and I already had all the tools on hand.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think!
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That's a tidy up job well done.
I'm a scale modeller myself and those skills transfer quite nicely when it comes to tidying blemishes on figures.
For gluing components I usually use Loctite 406 and sometimes if the part to be attached isn't weight bearing sometimes I'll use a dab of PVA white glue.
To remove/polish out marks I use similar polishes or sometimes gently apply with a very soft toothbrush Gumption which is a domestic polish.
Hope you saved a bit on the figure purchase due to blemishes.
2 months ago
Thanks for updating! It looks absolutely brand new TvT I'll keep this in mind if I ever decide to buy a owned figure with similar defects and all.
2 months ago
Thanks so much for all this great advice! The black scuffs on her legs I'm guessing are paint transfer, so is the yellow mark on her skirt. The black spots on the skirt you described however look like she has small dents from maybe falling down in the past - I'll just try to make those more smooth so they don't look as bad. Either way thanks so much for your elaborate response, this and your original post have been of great help!

Takeya_Iizuka2 months ago#82830785Wow, looks like she has had a collision with another figure! To answer your question, first run your fingers over the damages and if feels flat, then it's likely paint transfer. If it feels like a pit, then you've lost paint and will need to repaint. Going by your photo, it appears to be mostly paint transfer. If so, the black scuff marks on her legs can probably be removed with magic erase or polishing compound. The black and yellow marks on her skirt should come off in similar fashion, but be extra cautious going over the black line, or you might rub that off. For the few white spot on the skirt, it could be an indication of the blue paint coming off, revealing the base color underneath. I'd try to clean off everything else and see if the white spots can be left alone. Good luck.
2 months ago
webwaste2 months ago#82810066Hi! Great job at fixing her, she looks great! I figured since you seem experienced when it comes to stuff like this, it'd be okay to ask. But do you have any idea on how I could go about removing spots like this? I'm not exactly sure where she got those as they were already there when I got the figurine but I plan on selling her and wanted to fix her up before I do! Any help appreciated :)

Wow, looks like she has had a collision with another figure! To answer your question, first run your fingers over the damages and if feels flat, then it's likely paint transfer. If it feels like a pit, then you've lost paint and will need to repaint. Going by your photo, it appears to be mostly paint transfer. If so, the black scuff marks on her legs can probably be removed with magic erase or polishing compound. The black and yellow marks on her skirt should come off in similar fashion, but be extra cautious going over the black line, or you might rub that off. For the few white spot on the skirt, it could be an indication of the blue paint coming off, revealing the base color underneath. I'd try to clean off everything else and see if the white spots can be left alone. Good luck.
2 months ago
Thanks for sharing. I may have to look into that polishing compound! I have some paint transfers and I believe the magic eraser would be too harsh on painted areas.
2 months ago
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Oh good one. Guess I might buy the Tamiya polisher when I find it ^^ for paint transfer
I tried fixing with putty but not easy and didn't work

Kind of want to repair my bunny taiga. Her ears broke, well one of em and her hair snapped as she fell. Maybe the glue you got works
2 months ago
Looking good. The paint as filler is a good touch.
2 months ago
Hi! Great job at fixing her, she looks great! I figured since you seem experienced when it comes to stuff like this, it'd be okay to ask. But do you have any idea on how I could go about removing spots like this? I'm not exactly sure where she got those as they were already there when I got the figurine but I plan on selling her and wanted to fix her up before I do! Any help appreciated :)
2 months ago
Looks good. - I always try a regular (latex free) eraser first. It worked for me every time, so I never had to use a magic eraser or some kind of polishing paste, which is probably very similiar, since it also uses particles to rub a layer off.
2 months ago
I'm happy that you managed to fix her so well! The method you used is something I've never heard of before, maybe I can try it in the future! Thanks for sharing!
2 months ago
Great Figures, Amazing Service, Fantastic Price!

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