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Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby androjonny » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:05 pm

I noticed when going through my collection recently that quite a few of my figures have become sticky to touch, I'm thinking this is due to the plastic degrading, or off-gassing. Has anyone got any tips on how to clean to de-stickify figures, or make any suggestions on the best ways to store them, as at the moment I'm using plastic grip bags. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby M4K3R1 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:42 am

Some clean hot water and wash them should remove the residue.
Some of the acid free ziplock baggies are good for storage.

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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby Snaketibe » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:48 am

Yes, I simply wash them with soap and water. For hard to reach areas, a soft toothbrush is your friend :-). This works for both stickiness and removing the white residue that sometimes builds up on a figure's surface. I literally wash my hands with lots of soap, then whilst they are still covered in soap, hold the figure in my hands and continue washing my hands with the figure cupped in my palms (take off any rings you might be wearing first to avoid risk of paint rubs or scratches). Do this for a minute or so, rinse the figure and check it for stickiness / residue. If it's still sticky, repeat the process. Use the toothbrush (whilst nice and soapy) to remove stickiness and residue from areas like folds in a figure's clothing, boot creases, etc.

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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby jared007 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:57 am

I have the white residue issue with a gammy guard and emperor. It's taken several wash cycles but it is making a difference. Still more white residue remains but not as much as before. I've tried leaving them in sunlight as per other tips but this simply didn't work in my case.
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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:46 pm

Johnson's Baby Wipes are good for removing a lot of sticky residues, general grubbiness and even some paint rubs. No jokes please :wink:
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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby subzero » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:47 am

Yep baby wipes are also good, only needed to clean one sticky figure so far but the baby wipe worked wonders!
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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby pizzathehutt » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:30 am

I don't know why but for some reason my fisrt 12 figures are particularly sticky!

I don't know if its down to the slightly rubbery limbs but my leia, darth, stromtroopers, ben, tusken are really yucky!

will need to give them a clean
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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby subzero » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:35 am

Is this stickiness due to the plastic degrading then?.. one can only fear over watching their treasured collection badly degrade and have no power over stopping it :(
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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby Mini99 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:57 am

subzero wrote:Is this stickiness due to the plastic degrading then?.. one can only fear over watching their treasured collection badly degrade and have no power over stopping it :(


What...not even using "The Force"!
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Re: Cures Or Cares for Sticky Figures

Postby subzero » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:43 am

Mini99 wrote:
subzero wrote:Is this stickiness due to the plastic degrading then?.. one can only fear over watching their treasured collection badly degrade and have no power over stopping it :(


What...not even using "The Force"!
:lol:


Haha :lol: :lol:

I have actually heard that the Emperor, Vader, Luke & Ben figures don't degrade, true story! :lol:
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