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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:54 pm

I have this no coo, hard torso, hard limbs Hoth Snowtrooper with what appears to be battery corrosion stains. The figure is in generally nice condition. Does anyone have any safe tips for cleaning it up?
I have tried washing it with mild detergeant (washing up liquid) with no success. I have thought about using a 'magic eraser'. Any suggestions will be welcomed as I would like to conserve it for my collection.
However I am not prepared to use bleaching agents such as Hydrogen Peroxide.

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Re: Safe Cleaning Tips

Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:16 pm

Not sure how it would work on plastic but I know baking soda and / or vinegar work to remove battery corrosion on other stuff scratch

Maybe you could try it on a small spot somewhere on the figure ...
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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:21 pm

Thanks James. Like you, I was aware that vinegar works on electrical terminals, but I'm also not sure about how it would affect vintage plastics.
Depending on what replies I get I will try a 'test area', as I guess I have nothing to lose. Very Happy
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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:43 pm

If it is battery acid, it's likely permanently marked the plastic.
Vinegar shouldn't hurt it, but try a watered down version first. nanny
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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:16 pm

Thanks Clint, if I go with the vinegar (white vinegar) option I'll certainly try a dilluted solution first. Being a hard plastic, I'm hoping the stain hasn't penetrated as it would do on a soft plastic, but I guess we'll see.
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Post by the89thchris on Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:45 pm

Magic Eraser might make it look matte lol be careful with those things. I used one on a '89 Gameboy, it did the trick, but if you hold it just right in the light you can see it harmed the texture. (unless there is a semi permanent layer of oil that it removed on those spots lol!
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Post by hellhippie on Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:45 am

i honestly dont think battery acic comes out on plastic . i had a similar figure with battery damage . i tried everything . nothing worked . i hope yours does come clean . mine was a bit worse than that

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Post by cantina_patron on Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:20 pm

Thanks for the heads up Chris & Bill.

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Post by hellhippie on Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:44 pm

Ive been thinking about the figure i had Steve . I feel like it had acid burns in it so yours
May be salvageable

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Re: Safe Cleaning Tips

Post by robotHivemind on Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:13 am

Magic erasers work with micro abrasion. So, yes, it essentially can remove small bits of the surface you are attempting to clean. It will more than likely scratch any surface that is not already matte or textured.
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Re: Safe Cleaning Tips

Post by cantina_patron on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:11 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] thank you for confirming what Chris said about the abrasive qualities of magic erasers.

I'm currently trying dilluted white vinegar on the fugures left leg and it has already removed some of the residue. I'll keep you updated with my progress.
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Re: Safe Cleaning Tips

Post by Ian_C on Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:36 pm

This is going to sound extreme, but you have little to lose if you can't get the stains out.

Try CLR (calcium, lime, rust) remover. I have used it in plastic battery storage compartments to get rid of battery acid residue when batteries have been left too long and leaked. I used a cotton swab to gently wipe it clean when I can't remove the compartment, and actually submerged an Elmo compartment that was removable for my daughter before rinsing it under plenty of water. The battery acid foamed like crazy, but in every case, it came out looking brand new, and I have managed to get all those toys working again after being non-responsive before the cleaning. Amazingly, as corrosive as it is, it hasn't seemed to harm any plastic I have used it on to date.

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Post by cantina_patron on Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:41 pm

Thanks Ian, if nothing else works and I can get CLR or the equivelant in the UK I'll give it a try as an academic exercise.
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Post by Ian_C on Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:42 pm

No problem, glad to help.

I looked around, and it appears the equivalent in the UK is a product called Zep Commercial Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover. Here's a link where it's £6.99 a bottle online.

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Post by cantina_patron on Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:44 pm

Thanks Ian, that is much appreciated. Very Happy
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