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Vinyl Cape Repair Guide

Postby gustie » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:24 pm

had a bit of time to spare so i made this since i recently got a nice bulk load of figures.

as you can see the capes look a bit "tired"
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The armholes have mis-shaped and one torn
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The Hoth Stormtrooper cape slits have mis-shaped and wont hold on properly
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so its time to make them look better :)

you will need...

boiling water in a jug/pan/sink
flat surface (i used a placemat)
sponge
washing up liquid
tea towel

1- pop the TOP of the cape into the hot water for about 4 seconds
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2- place on flat surface and SMOOTH the cape removing the trapped air/water underneath
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3- Repeat step 1 holding the BOTTOM of the cape in the water for about 4 seconds
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4- Repeat step 2 and smooth out again
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5- While the cape is still stuck to the flat surface due to the water give it a once over with a sponge and washing up liquid.
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6- Dry off carefully with a tea towel
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And thats it!

You can see the difference in the hoth stormtrooper slits...
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Also the armhole rip has been ironed out so you wont notice it so much.
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and heres all four finished....
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compared too...
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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby Darth Wensleydale » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:31 pm

Excellent 8)
Maybe this should go into a guides and info sticky somewhere?
You can have a Blue Peter badge for your efforts :D

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby weasel » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:59 pm

Quite impressive! :D
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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby tiefighterboy » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:42 pm

WOW! That is trick I have never seen. Looks like it works quite well. Do they stay that way after they cool down??? I know sometimes vinyl and plastic have memory.

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby gustie » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:13 pm

they usually hold very well

sometimes they slightly curve back but the holes and slits stay like new again

this method can uncrease the armholes nicely when they get flared open from being on the arms and will return to the original hole size

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby Jukesy » Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:46 pm

Superb 'How To' Gustie....

Definately a sticky and very useful! :D
Thanks

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby Ron » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:49 pm

Well done gustie they look as good as new now

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby 01AB » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:37 pm

Was trying to think of other 'how to's, but I'm sure most know the 'boiling water to straighten limbs' one, a way of whitening discoloured Stormtroopers/Wampas etc would be cool but I guess thats nigh on impossible...
Does anyone know of a way to fix wobbly/loose limbs other than wrapping cotton round/inbetween the joints (I remember doing this to an old Hammerhead when I was a kid)?

I'm off to straighten my very bendy wicket spear whilst the wife watches 'Skins'.
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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby gustie » Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:47 pm

well...

loose limbs can be fixed...

Step 1

Boil the limb for 1 minute.

Step 2

Remove the limb from the hot water then QUICKLY compress the post into the limb on a flat surface. OR you can use pliers to compress the post or to hold it in place, but be careful the metal doesn't damage the limb.

Step 3

While compressed quickly dunk limb in ice water for 1 minute. lots of ice cubes in it!

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby tiefighterboy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:10 am

You can remove Kenner "Crystalization" from carded figures by placing them in direct sunlight for about 45 minutes. This will kill this plastic mold condition seen on some kenner figures and will not harm the blister.

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby Jedi83 » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:02 am

Like O1AB says does anybody know how to get rid of faded storm troopers, wampas etx. I have a few troopers who have a nice custard coloured body armour that I woudent mind getting back to the original white. And why does it only seem to affect the body area?

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby gustie » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:50 am

the torso's are ABS plastic and the limbs are PVC generally.


The yellowing is irriversable as its a breakdown in the plastic that turns it yellow.

read this

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1942&p=26388&hilit=yellowing#p26388

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby Jedi83 » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:00 pm

Cheers Gustie, Oh by the way nice capes. I will be giving it ago. Oh and I still need to send you a pic of the Lando I bought last month they we thought the cape was a repo. I did a post on it. I think its repo.

I am gonna do a bit of testing to see if I can get rid of this custard yellow defect. Any ideas? I though soaking a trooper in bleach, but I didnt want to remove the black pinted areas?

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby gustie » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:07 pm

waste of time mate


ur better off buying a new minty white one OR using white paint on it..

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Re: (GUIDE) vinyl cape fix

Postby jabbawokkie » Sat Apr 19, 2008 7:56 pm

yeah bleech is a waste of time i left a wampa in and got no joy ,well it did clean it uip a treat just didnnt effect the yellowing
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