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Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:36 pm

Hi everyone. I bought a moc recently that has soot on it. Does anyone know what I can use to remove it without messing up the card. Thanks in advanced.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby tigerham » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:44 pm

apack7229 wrote:Hi everyone. I bought a moc recently that has soot on it. Does anyone know what I can use to remove it without messing up the card. Thanks in advanced.


I would say furniture polish, sparingly, and take your time.

By the way, how on earth did soot get on it, part of Santa's delivery? :?

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby StarWarsFan » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:46 pm

Lighter fluid maybe?

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby Mini99 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:48 pm

Holy smoke...what on earth happened to that?
Has the soot got inside the bubble as well?
If it’s just loose soot, have you tried a damp tissue with warm water, or perhaps some surgical spirit, as I have been told this is good to remove sticker residue.
What ever you use I would suggest trying it out on an damaged card to ensure no further damage is done to Lukes card.
Good luck, please update with results.

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Postby Robstyley » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:06 pm

And the award for strangest thread title goes to...

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby theforceuk » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:17 pm

God knows if that’s a reseal or not!
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby Taffius » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:24 pm

Would sweeping it be any good? :oops:

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby edd_jedi » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:37 pm

Cardbacks are more robust than most people think. I often wipe new MOCs I buy with plain water on a kitchen towel, it takes off loads of crap and as long as you're careful and sparing with water, doesn't seem to do any damage. I have always been hesitant to put 'products' on card as you never know what the long term effect will be.

This must have been in a fire!

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:02 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone. I don’t have it in yet but should in a day or two. The guy said it was in an apartment fire so that’s why it looks cooked. Also he said it was fully sealed so I think the soot has just clumped together on the sides of the bubble when he wiped it off. Once I get it in I’ll be able to post up some better pictures. Just wanted to get an idea before I messed it up.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby TK-7785 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:32 pm

Just use a slightly damp. soft cloth and wipe gently. It may take several passes by the looks of things. There's no need for any special cleaners or solvents. Just a damp cloth.

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:36 pm

TK-7785 wrote:Just use a slightly damp. soft cloth and wipe gently. It may take several passes by the looks of things. There's no need for any special cleaners or solvents. Just a damp cloth.

Chris


Do you think baby wipes would work also?
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby Mini99 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:17 pm

Yes I think that they would be perfectly ok, but I would still start with the warm water/damp cloth firstly.
Like Edd I always wipe any new MOCs that I buy with warm water, you really would be surprised how much dirt comes off them.

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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby yoda » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:42 pm

You could also consider the German made 'Ballistol' if what the guys advised didn't work. I'd be confident it would clean it and protect the plastic and card. But don't use to much small amounts to begin with at a time.
I've used it a lot (but note I've never tried it on a moc myself) its the best cleaning and preserving fluid /oil you can buy.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby apack7229 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:00 pm

Thanks guys I really appreciate the suggestions. I’ll have to look into that ballistol stuff.
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Re: Removing soot from a moc

Postby subzero » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:33 am

Holy crap!! :o

Wheel it through a car wash in your Toys R Us trolley :lol:

You should be alright with it, it probably looks worse of a job to do compared to how well/easy it will likely clean up. Post a follow up after you've cleaned it. :)
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