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Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Rich200 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:09 pm

Hi,

Purchased this carded Leia Bespin from ebay. Was aware it had frosting but thought I could remove it by trying the UV sun method or desk lamp method I have read about on SWFUK. UV sun method made no difference, although I only gave it 30 mins as was concerned the bubble may become more yellowed. Exposure to a desk lamp was working a little, however the bubble corners became clouded with moisture and the very mild heat from the lamp was starting to deform the bubble. It was definitely the slight heat that seemed to help, but even with constant monitoring it was a fine line between effective frosting removal and damaging the bubble.

Currently my opinion is that because the frosting is so heavy it is unlikely I can remove it without damaging the bubble. Successful frosting removal examples I have found appear to be on figures with only minor frosting to more localised areas.

Before I give up on my frosting removal campaign completely I thought I would ask if anyone has been successful in removing frosting this heavy and if so how were they able to do it.

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Any thoughts or comments appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Cheers,

Richard
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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby edd_jedi » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:15 pm

Put it in the sun for longer. Sunlight is not hot enough to melt the bubble, and a few hours of sun won't make any long term difference to the card or bubble, it takes weeks to fade things. Don't worry about the condensation, it will go. I had a frosty Ben and it took a good few hours to get rid of all the frosting.

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Frunkstar » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:36 pm

I have a fett card with similar issues, not as bad, but had the card in the window in sunlight, not super bright sunlight but 3 days straight & still no joy, I don't think the sunlight fix it works in all cases, though I am a bit baffled as to why not :? be great to see the fett & your leia looking their best again fingers crossed someone chimes in with some miracle fix it cure I am not familiar with, - tagging along with interest!
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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby tiefighterboy » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:39 pm

It's not just the light that kills it, but the heat. It has worked everytime for me in sunlight. Some guys have also used a desk lamp or close lighting to add the same heat/light effect.

Also the moisture you are referring to is just the outgassing coming from the process off the figure, it will go away after a few days of drying.

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Rich200 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:43 pm

Thanks for the comments. Think i am going to give the sun another try.

edd_jedi did you put frosty Ben in direct sun i.e. outside or by a window.

Frunkstar l am nervous about causing damage with a Leia would be terrified with a Fett

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Frunkstar » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:02 pm

tiefighterboy wrote:It's not just the light that kills it, but the heat. It has worked everytime for me in sunlight. Some guys have also used a desk lamp or close lighting to add the same heat/light effect.

Also the moisture you are referring to is just the outgassing coming from the process off the figure, it will go away after a few days of drying.


But we live in the UK buddy, you know we only get 2 days of sun a year that actually also come with heat :lol:
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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Frunkstar » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:03 pm

Rich200 wrote:Thanks for the comments. Think i am going to give the sun another try.

edd_jedi did you put frosty Ben in direct sun i.e. outside or by a window.

Frunkstar l am nervous about causing damage with a Leia would be terrified with a Fett


It's not as dire as it sounds, it's a cut card thats been popped back on a cardback, but still sealed & I am happy with it for the most part, just be nice to see that dam heavy frosting a thing of the past.
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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Rich200 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:09 pm

True - i will be waiting a while for a sunny day coinciding with a day off work :lol: :lol:

Here's hoping we can yield some results. Bring on the sun!

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby tiefighterboy » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:14 am

Frunkstar wrote:
tiefighterboy wrote:It's not just the light that kills it, but the heat. It has worked everytime for me in sunlight. Some guys have also used a desk lamp or close lighting to add the same heat/light effect.

Also the moisture you are referring to is just the outgassing coming from the process off the figure, it will go away after a few days of drying.


But we live in the UK buddy, you know we only get 2 days of sun a year that actually also come with heat :lol:


I live in Michigan which resembles Hoth about 8 months out of the year, so we are fairly even. :D

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby edd_jedi » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:42 am

Rich200 wrote:edd_jedi did you put frosty Ben in direct sun i.e. outside or by a window.


On the inside of a window, didn't want to risk leaving it exposed to the elements.

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby poncho » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:32 am

Heres my budget tfp moc for my run which had frosted arms i defrosted a couple of months back, took less than an hour to fix. Before/after shots below. Im doing another defrost this week on another budget moc.
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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Rich200 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:06 pm

Good result poncho - i have some hope now :)

Assume this was by the window in the sun method.

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby poncho » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:09 pm

Rich200 wrote:Good result poncho - i have some hope now :)

Assume this was by the window in the sun method.

Sun... in this country....ha

I Just used my old lamp

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Rich200 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:12 am

**Update**

After my original post I had Leia in the sun a few times with no success. Tried the desk lamp method again with no success. Gave up and decided Leia had permafrosting.

Recently read Poncho’s guide to defrosting a figure using a desk lamp with particularly reference to the bulb used i.e. not an eco bulb. Inspired I tried again and the frosting is finally now clearing, whoop. Light spots of frosting remain but I expect a few more sessions will budge this.

Thank you Poncho.

Richard.

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Re: Heavy frosting Issue

Postby Seahawks » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:55 am

Huge improvement, looks great Richard!

A couple summers ago I tried the sunlight trick on a very bright, warm day. Here's a before and after closeup.
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