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Wavy vinyl cape fix?

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby Snaketibe » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:17 pm

I'd recommend try sandwiching it between two flat surfaces and then stacking a large pile of heavy books on top of it and leaving it for a few days first to see whether that sorts it out without any extra heat being required. I agree that the hot water method sounds like it should probably work, but I'd be very concerned about the possibility of shrinkage, and you lose nothing but time trying the 'book stack' method first. Good luck, and let us know how you get on :-)

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby Clarkspie&chips » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:31 pm

subzero wrote:
Clarkspie&chips wrote:That's a great thread but be very wary using boiling water. My vcj had the boiling water treatment and his cape shrunk! Thankfully it was before I owned him.


Wow really?, i'll have to be very careful then and just dip it in for like 1 second and see how it goes.


It also got rejected by AFA for that reason and whilst I know most of us here couldn't give a shit about grading, that leia is minty and does command a premium these days so it's worth bearing in mind.

What about the heavy book approach combined with a bit of radiator action? Might be he best of both worlds

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby subzero » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:59 pm

Again thanks guys for the suggestions, now that one actually makes sense, i'll just use heavy books on it for like a week and see what happens with it.

I rather would try something without heat that won't affect the original structure of the material, the wave in it isn't exactly a strong crease or anything either so this just may work.

i'll post back in a week or so with how it went. :)
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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:32 am

I’ve always flattened mine below Two to three super heavy books. They usually come out looking pristine unless they had obvious creasing before hand which is hard to remove. Tend to leave them for a week or so. Annoys the hell out of the wife though with random book towers all over the place.

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby subzero » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:40 am

TheJabbaWookie wrote:I’ve always flattened mine below Two to three super heavy books. They usually come out looking pristine unless they had obvious creasing before hand which is hard to remove. Tend to leave them for a week or so. Annoys the hell out of the wife though with random book towers all over the place.


Just use one book and get her to stand on it for a week to keep her occupied and out the way for a while :lol:

I have a 30kg dumbbell i'm gonna use to sit on top of a book, so hopefully that should work sweet.
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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby pizzathehutt » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:53 am

stuck between two yellow pages with a heavy object on top for a week sounds the safest bet
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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby SAVORY100 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:47 am

If you are going to press it between books in a warm place; please ensure you guard it by placing it first between tow clean white sheets of paper so it doesn't pick up any printing ink etc.
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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby subzero » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:06 pm

Thanks i'll be doing that, ink transferring never crossed my mind. :shock:
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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby ChallengerFox » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:13 pm

I had a similar cape and I put it under a hardback book, I actually forgot about it so it was under there a few weeks and it came out nice and flat.

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby subzero » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:29 pm

Day 1 of my book flattening with a 25kg weight.

Will post again next Sun with the result.
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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby subzero » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:06 pm

Took it out the oven 1 day early, if 7 days is gonna work then surely 6 will. Very slightest hint of where the kink/wave used to be but i'm not losing sleep over that, it's practically flat and looks amazing now.

Thanks for the advice guys on this, it's worked a treat. :)

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby Snaketibe » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:14 pm

subzero wrote:Took it out the oven 1 day early, if 7 days is gonna work then surely 6 will. Very slightest hint of where the kink/wave used to be but i'm not losing sleep over that, it's practically flat and looks amazing now.

Thanks for the advice guys on this, it's worked a treat. :)

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That looks terrific! Well done, I'm glad it worked for you :-)

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Re: Wavy vinyl cape fix?

Postby subzero » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:39 pm

Snaketibe wrote:
subzero wrote:Took it out the oven 1 day early, if 7 days is gonna work then surely 6 will. Very slightest hint of where the kink/wave used to be but i'm not losing sleep over that, it's practically flat and looks amazing now.

Thanks for the advice guys on this, it's worked a treat. :)

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That looks terrific! Well done, I'm glad it worked for you :-)


Thanks! :)
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