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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby Cardbackkid » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:21 am

StarWarsFan wrote:Lighter fluid maybe?


Yep used this before and done no harm to the moc even 15 years on

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:36 am

Good luck apack
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:18 pm

TheJabbaWookie wrote:Good luck apack


Thanks that’s hilarious. :lol:
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:11 pm

I got the moc in today and have tried what was suggested but to no avail so far. :cry: The soot isn't powdery at all or easily removable, sort of like spray paint. I'll upload some close up pictures when I can get a chance so you guys can see it better.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:26 pm

Here’s a few close ups.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby bosk70 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:35 pm

Its going to be like csi star wars you need a set up like they do when they clean works of art q tips and a "very steady hand" (operation a game from MB - ideal) :lol: , good luck apack, hopefully it will clean up like a gem, I would say just a damp cloth may be dabbing at first rather than wiping its just trial and error

Sorry just read your bit about it being stubborn what about a warm damp cloth over the card for a short amount of time , not long enough to warp the card to see if it loosens it up a bit similar to the hot towels in a restaurant but not so hot, before resorting to chemicals
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby edd_jedi » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:18 pm

I think the key will be to take your time, don't expect to get it perfect first time. Each wipe should bring off a load of soot even if it seems to make little visible difference, just keep at it letting it dry in between.

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:36 pm

I think the soot is older and has set in more. I’ll just have to keep at it and hopefully I can get somewhere with it.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby spoons » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:56 am

Is it definitely soot and not mould? Try an unscented baby wipe - those things clean anything and are only supposedly water. A light wipe repeated a few times should do it
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby TK-7785 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:25 am

Looks like fire damage to me. Soot and the bubble looks a little warped from heat maybe?

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby Snaketibe » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:28 am

I really hope you manage to improve the condition of this card. I have no idea what the best method to use is, however a quick bit of Googling has yielded these two potentially useful pages. The first is a guide to help remove smoke damage from wallpaper:

http://www.jondon.com/how-to/technical- ... paper.html

and the second is a rather surprising short YouTube video about removing soot from paper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i3_FDgya5E

I must stress that I can't vouch for either technique, but then again it might be argued that the card is already so damaged that at this point almost anything is worth a try.

Good luck!

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby edd_jedi » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:32 am

Even as-is I always like to see a MOC preserved rather than opened, it has character and a story :)

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby Robstyley » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:30 pm

Try Spoons idea. I use mild baby wipes for cleaning figures, ships and all sorts of other things around the house. They work great. Wrap the wipe round your index finger and try rubbing just a small area first where the card is black top left or right. As you clean dry immediately afterwards with kitchen towel. If it definitely won’t come off I’d do as Ed’s days and keep it as is as an interesting fire damaged Moc and talking point :wink:

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:34 pm

Robstyley wrote:Try Spoons idea. I use mild baby wipes for cleaning figures, ships and all sorts of other things around the house. They work great. Wrap the wipe round your index finger and try rubbing just a small area first where the card is black top left or right. As you clean dry immediately afterwards with kitchen towel. If it definitely won’t come off I’d do as Ed’s days and keep it as is as an interesting fire damaged Moc and talking point :wink:


I've tried the wipes that I use on my figures but I haven't made a dent in the coloring yet. I think the card might just be stained.
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