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PostSubject: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:45 am

How do you clean your Animals?
I use wet wipes for babies. :)
No alcohol or oil.
This works very well.
What tricks have you?

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:47 am

How did this pig get so dirty? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:51 am

It came from poor posture
We have liberated it Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:43 am

@cheyenna wrote:
It came from poor posture
We have liberated it Laughing
I usually put them under the tap and gently rub the water over them. I don't wash any of my new figurines - the only time I will do it, is when I've bought them off ebay and they're not new.

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:30 am

The wet wipies seem to work well Cheyenna, good tip!
I sometimes use pure chlorine, and put my rubberish models complete into that fluid for 24 hours, and afterwards clean them with a soft brush with some soap or fluid for the dishes.
The good thing is that the bacterias are gone to... Rolling Eyes


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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:27 am

hey,I got rub marks on my best horses from other figures,pink,blue and other colors and also I made a pink halter for my Schleich Appy and Arabian mare and it got on them Sad is there anyway to get it off,I used normal dish soap and no luck I am too scared to try anything else (it may take the paint off? ) any suggestions?

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:13 pm

I use soap for dishes and an old toothbrush; but I only wash them when I buy them on internet. I don´t do that when they are new.

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:29 pm

The figures, Doesn't it brokes if i clean with dishes soap, water and paper?
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:19 am

One of my friends in Germany sent me some of these, - they are fantastic, and not hard on the paint :



Bernyto : Ordinary sulpho does not harm the figueres, but don`t use the stuff for mashine-wash.
I only use a hard brush as a last escape, though, normally a soft brush is quite enough Wink

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:36 am

Thanks you very much! A friend told me that the cleaning liquid crystals is also good and it doesn't damage the figures
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:03 pm

thanks! I guess Mr,Clean Magic eraser would work the same. I am just worried about taking there paint off.
I hate when that happens,my poor figures Razz

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:15 pm

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thanks! I guess Mr,Clean Magic eraser would work the same. I am just worried about taking there paint off.
I hate when that happens,my poor figures Razz

I don`t know Mr Clean Magic eraser Wink

But this one is not an eraser, it is like a very soft sponge that crumbles as you use it. It has to be wet to function. 5 or 6 figueres and the sponge is gone... I don`t know how to describe it otherwise Shocked

It does not harm the paint at all, actually I don`t know how it works, there are no chemicals in it, but it works amazingly well against heavy dirt Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:25 pm

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furysgirl786 wrote:
thanks! I guess Mr,Clean Magic eraser would work the same. I am just worried about taking there paint off.
I hate when that happens,my poor figures Razz

I don`t know Mr Clean Magic eraser Wink

But this one is not an eraser, it is like a very soft sponge that crumbles as you use it. It has to be wet to function. 5 or 6 figueres and the sponge is gone... I don`t know how to describe it otherwise Shocked

It does not harm the paint at all, actually I don`t know how it works, there are no chemicals in it, but it works amazingly well against heavy dirt Very Happy

yes 'Mr Clean Magic eraser' is the same thing but it is for cleaning crayon off walls and stuff like that so I guess it would work on figures,I could always try it on one of my least favorite doubles first.(I was planning on repainting her sometime anyway)

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:06 pm

It could be interesting for others to hear what your result is, I think Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:14 pm

I clean my figures with a cloth and water and soap. I don't believe this take the painting off no?
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:44 am

Warm water and a soft sponge. If the figurine requires more than that, then I almost surely didn't acquire it. I guess that makes me a figurine-snob!
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue May 03, 2011 1:59 am

I can understand Phil, and you are right.
But sometimes, you have good figurines in a batch, from which you thought, there were doubles, and when you see them, they seem to be variations, and still have to clean them, or just because the pictures of the seller didn't really show the spots, dirt, paint or even damage.
But water and soap or dish-cleaner is the first thing i guess, together with a softer brush, like an old tooth-brush or brush for your fingernails or so.
When this doesn't help, and the spots, dirt or even paint doesn't get off, i throw the model away, or it must be very very rare... Rolling Eyes Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue May 03, 2011 3:39 pm

I´m 100% sure that dishes soap and an old toothbrush don´t damage the paintjob Wink

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue May 03, 2011 11:46 pm

@WILLYBACOMAN wrote:
I can understand Phil, and you are right.
But sometimes, you have good figurines in a batch, from which you thought, there were doubles, and when you see them, they seem to be variations, and still have to clean them, or just because the pictures of the seller didn't really show the spots, dirt, paint or even damage.
But water and soap or dish-cleaner is the first thing i guess, together with a softer brush, like an old tooth-brush or brush for your fingernails or so.
When this doesn't help, and the spots, dirt or even paint doesn't get off, i throw the model away, or it must be very very rare... Rolling Eyes Laughing

Yes, Willy, you are absolutely correct about receiving a lot of figurines with some in less than fantastic condition. I think you are the expert when it comes to cleaning figurines... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed May 04, 2011 4:53 am

Well, i think and hope i am not, haha... Laughing
But sometimes you just have to clean them, to get them in the best condition possible.
When it is not for your own collection, then for the trade or sale... Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed May 04, 2011 8:28 am

@WILLYBACOMAN wrote:
Well, i think and hope i am not, haha... Laughing
But sometimes you just have to clean them, to get them in the best condition possible.
When it is not for your own collection, then for the trade or sale... Rolling Eyes

Good thing to clen them before selling, - they look nicer and may fetch a better price, of course, but I HATE it if I get a figure full of un-identified dirt Evil or Very Mad

It can be fun, though, I think twise I have bought a big batch of old stuff, and after a couple of hours hard, but careful work, I have very clean hands, and some of the figueres turn out to be like Phoenix rising from the aches Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu May 05, 2011 1:19 am

@SUSANNE wrote:
@WILLYBACOMAN wrote:
Well, i think and hope i am not, haha... Laughing
But sometimes you just have to clean them, to get them in the best condition possible.
When it is not for your own collection, then for the trade or sale... Rolling Eyes

Good thing to clen them before selling, - they look nicer and may fetch a better price, of course, but I HATE it if I get a figure full of un-identified dirt Evil or Very Mad

It can be fun, though, I think twise I have bought a big batch of old stuff, and after a couple of hours hard, but careful work, I have very clean hands, and some of the figueres turn out to be like Phoenix rising from the aches Laughing Laughing Laughing

Or like "Nessie" rising from the soapy water... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue May 10, 2011 3:39 am

Haha, yes, something like that Phil... Laughing
Some are not that dirty as they looked in the first place... cheers sunny
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PostSubject: How to clean safely old figures?   Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:01 pm

Please help, I bought load of old Britains figures, most of them seriously need some clearing procedure. Can You recommend room-temperatured water and cotton or anything else?
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:40 am

Jarda, Willy is the expert on this... Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:05 pm

You can use cold water, hands soap and a soft sponge to clean them :)

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:33 pm

Hi, Jarda Very Happy
It is a very interesting subject
Try to look here :

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:22 am

@jarda wrote:
Please help, I bought load of old Britains figures, most of them seriously need some clearing procedure. Can You recommend room-temperatured water and cotton or anything else?
Ahoj Jardo... nejlepší je použít mýdlovou vodu a vatičku do uší... figurku nechat chvíli ve vodě odmočit a pak ji lehce vatičkou zbavit nečistot. Ale záleží na druhu znečištění...

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:11 pm

@MartinH wrote:
@jarda wrote:
Please help, I bought load of old Britains figures, most of them seriously need some clearing procedure. Can You recommend room-temperatured water and cotton or anything else?
Ahoj Jardo... nejlepší je použít mýdlovou vodu a vatičku do uší... figurku nechat chvíli ve vodě odmočit a pak ji lehce vatičkou zbavit nečistot. Ale záleží na druhu znečištění...

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:45 pm

Me too , if I could scratch
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:11 pm

@SUSANNE wrote:
Me too , if I could scratch
Doesn`t it say : Stand on your head in a night with full moon, singing "Battle hymn of the Republic" and waving the Czech flag ? Very Happy

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy exactly!

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:23 pm

@MartinH wrote:
@SUSANNE wrote:
Me too , if I could scratch
Doesn`t it say : Stand on your head in a night with full moon, singing "Battle hymn of the Republic" and waving the Czech flag ? Very Happy

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy exactly!

See what Google translator is saying:
Hi Jarda ... Best is to use soapy water and cotton wool in the ears ... figure to have a moment to soak in water and then lightly with cotton wool to get rid of impurities. But it depends on the type of pollution ...

Well, I'm keeping the cotton in the ears for hours and figures are still dirty... how long it takes Martin??? Suspect clown
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:31 pm

@Roger wrote:
@MartinH wrote:
@SUSANNE wrote:
Me too , if I could scratch
Doesn`t it say : Stand on your head in a night with full moon, singing "Battle hymn of the Republic" and waving the Czech flag ? Very Happy

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy exactly!

See what Google translator is saying:
Hi Jarda ... Best is to use soapy water and cotton wool in the ears ... figure to have a moment to soak in water and then lightly with cotton wool to get rid of impurities. But it depends on the type of pollution ...

Well, I'm keeping the cotton in the ears for hours and figures are still dirty... how long it takes Martin??? Suspect clown
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Roger Roger Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy do you have photos? i mean... imagine you with those things in your ears and your animals bathing is soapy water... that´s cool Very Happy Anyway... translator is good but It supose to be this...

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:58 pm

Oh stop! Stop !

I can`t laugh any more, my tears are running, I must soon have cotton wool in my eyes or I soak in water What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:05 pm

Thanks to You all for sharing your experiences.

BTW: A speciální díky Tobě, Martine, vypadá to, že použiju osvědčené mýdlo s jelenem a o víkendu budu mít "velké prádlo" :)
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:38 pm

@jarda wrote:
Thanks to You all for sharing your experiences.

BTW: A speciální díky Tobě, Martine, vypadá to, že použiju osvědčené mýdlo s jelenem a o víkendu budu mít "velké prádlo" :)

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En særlig tak, Martin, det lader til, at de bruger en god sæbe med en hjort weekend og vil have en "stor tøj"

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:19 pm

Laughing It's a week end with extra branches, it means that friday and monday are holidays! clown Wink
Tomorrow is the day of Portugal and monday is the day of Lisbon! Nice to know that in Czech Republic you also celebrate these days! Very Happy rendeer
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:54 pm

Oh dear this topic is so funny!

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:09 pm

@Roger wrote:
Laughing It's a week end with extra branches, it means that friday and monday are holidays! clown Wink
Tomorrow is the day of Portugal and monday is the day of Lisbon! Nice to know that in Czech Republic you also celebrate these days! Very Happy rendeer

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy cool! Y´all are so good in Czech language cheers cheers Very Happy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:12 pm

@jarda wrote:
Thanks to You all for sharing your experiences.

BTW: A speciální díky Tobě, Martine, vypadá to, že použiju osvědčené mýdlo s jelenem a o víkendu budu mít "velké prádlo" :)
No... snad to pomůže Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:08 am

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PostSubject: what do you use to clean your used figures?   Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:19 pm

what do you use to clean your second hand figures? i use ordinary soap and water (room temp). i heard of dish washing liquid. is it better than soap? i'd like to know what you guys use and how you go about cleaning them. :)
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:24 pm

There is already a topic about this Sauroid. I will merge your's and I hope you will find good answers Wink

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:17 pm

ah ok thanks Kiki. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:47 pm

@SUSANNE wrote:
@jarda wrote:
Thanks to You all for sharing your experiences.

BTW: A speciální díky Tobě, Martine, vypadá to, že použiju osvědčené mýdlo s jelenem a o víkendu budu mít "velké prádlo" :)

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Danish :
En særlig tak, Martin, det lader til, at de bruger en god sæbe med en hjort weekend og vil have en "stor tøj"

English :

A special thank you, Martin, it seems that they use good soap with a stag weekend and will have a "great clothes"
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Google translate seems to work not so bad in translating Czech into Polish though, so what I could read was quite easy to understand :)
But I thought the soap is "with stag" (not weekend) so this animal is on the drawing on the package, it's popular type of soap in Poland (so maybe also in Czech?) study rendeer



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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:18 pm

For vintage plastic animals this link will help:

http://www.britainsheraldfarm.co.uk/Collecting.html

Here is the information:

"Cleaning

Most models are not suited to cleaning as play worn ones look odd when clean and mint figures are usually clean already. However, occasionally a model turns up that is in lovely condition except a bit dirty.
When cleaning a model, there is always a chance some paint will be lost. However, this is normally loose paint that would come off sooner or later anyway.

To clean a model, I simply use a bit of water and washing-up liquid. For large, unpainted areas I use a cotton bud to work in the washing-up liquid and for painted areas I use a tiny, soft (sable or simulated) paintbrush. When cleaning painted areas, always brush from the painted area towards the bare plastic. If you work the other way, the brush hairs can find their way under the paint and dislodge it."

(c) J. Stephens 2009

Mr Stephens is an acknowledged expert on Britains Herald Vintage farm figures.

For later Britains animals made in PVC and painted in PVC paints then I simply wash them in warm soapy water and scrub them with an old tooth brush. I would not recommend this technique with old animals figures with flaky paint. You would just wash off whatever remains of any paint! affraid



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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:21 am

I just rinse my figures in tap water.
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:34 am

I normally use methylated spirit, for light stains like ink or dirt. But for heavy stains, i use chlorine solution like Willy does :)

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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:31 pm

I use a liquid soap made of glicerine and coconut with a tooth brush...it works nicely on them Smile!
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PostSubject: Re: How to clean safely plastic figures?   Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:42 pm

@JoeJungle71 wrote:
I use a liquid soap made of glicerine and coconut with a tooth brush...it works nicely on them Smile!
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