View Full Version : Will rinsing 25th joes in water rust screws?
07-15-2012, 04:33 PM
I have a bunch that got super dusty and I don't think compressed air will do the trick. Any safe option to clean?
07-15-2012, 04:40 PM
Yup, time, elbow grease and a lightly damp rag. If you notice any water build up around the screws, wipe it dry. I don't use soap and or detergents cuase I'm afraid of their long term effects on color and plastic.
07-15-2012, 04:44 PM
A nice stiff bristle paintbrush ussualy works fine for me.
07-15-2012, 04:48 PM
Thanks. I guess this is my punishment for letting them sit >_<
07-16-2012, 01:35 AM
If you want a safe way to clean them just use a standard feather duster. That is what I use and it works great to remove excess dust. I actually have a feather duster that is for my toys only.
07-16-2012, 01:43 AM
a soft tooth brush.
and how did you let your toys get dusty?
do you not play with them? your making your toys sad....
Clean them, dry them, then do the compressed air over the screws until they are completely dried.
07-16-2012, 01:45 PM
I use a clean 1 inch paintbrush, or unused makeup brush to dust figures. Works fairly well.
07-16-2012, 07:21 PM
The toothbrush method tends to work best for me. I like to dip the brush in war water, lightly scrub the figure, and then blast it dry with an air can. This method works for my Transformers as well as my Cobras. If there's any paper stickers be extra careful, and try to avoid getting those wet altogether. The clear stickers that come with Joe vehicles seem to be damn near indestructible, though. I love/hate those things.
07-16-2012, 08:06 PM
Only if you do it too much. Moderation is key.
07-16-2012, 08:08 PM
I use a small paintbrush as well, no water, works perfect.
07-16-2012, 08:15 PM
Man if you're that concerned about it, just take the extra min or two to remove screws. If you have figures stacked like I do on deep shelves, you have to weigh what your time is worth or how down and dirty you want to get on the drying process. I use a clean washcloth(not cleaned with store bought detergents) to wipe em down and a microfiber car cloth to dry em off. I find a little extra effort goes a long long way. I live in a dry climate so I am not too worried about it. But like I said, dry the screw hole thoroughly and you will be fine as long as you aren't rinsing them as often as a kid playing with them in the tub. I wouldn't recommend water unless the dust is just caked on there.
07-16-2012, 09:25 PM
water Vs cheap metal = rust
i personally like the dust and cob-webs... i tell people they are reeaaaaaalllly old collector items, and worth a ton of cash
07-16-2012, 10:29 PM
I had a bunch of 25th figs left in a plastic tote in my garage. My garage was in a poor state, before i totally re-did it and turned it into a showroom. Anyway some " mousture" got in the tote and i didnt open it till a few months later. Nearly all the figs screws rusted, it was horrible. But after unscrewing them and sanding the screw heads and then painting the heads the correct colors for each figure, they looked better than before.
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