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Restoration advice

Postby MightyMike » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:15 am

I'm looking for a advice, first hopefully is an easy one. What replacement foam do you use on the Chewbacca bandolier?

Secondly I've a surplus end cap for a Y-Wing that he previous owner saw fit to try to 'enhance'. It looks like a white gloss paint, black matte and some glue. None of it comes off by scratching with a finger nail and I've not tried anything else. I thought as it was surplus it could be a good test bed to try and recover for future reference (if anyone wants it after my messing give me a shout)


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Re: Restoration advice

Postby poncho » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:25 pm

engine part just scrub it with hot soapy water

ive had tried make up remover and turpentine in the past and ive coroded/melted the plastic. so dont do that

hot soapy water and and gently scrape it away

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Re: Restoration advice

Postby Grant_C » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:30 pm

You would have to customise foam for the Bandolier. Check out Toy Polio on Youtube. Perhaps send him a message as he navigates these type of things.

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Re: Restoration advice

Postby edd_jedi » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:15 pm

Depending on the type of plastic, turps might not melt it (I know it doesn't melt vinyl.) Nail vanish remover will not be any good.

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Re: Restoration advice

Postby MightyMike » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:01 pm

I've a feeling someone has tried the scraping method, the paint free areas have minute scratches on them


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Re: Restoration advice

Postby Ruby2511 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:47 pm

Deffo hot soapy water, will loosen the paint a treat, try a cotton bud in the hard to reach places to tease the paint out.
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Re: Restoration advice

Postby TK-7785 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:28 pm

Avoid using anything abrasive. You'll only end up damaging the plastic. Soak it in methylated spirits for 5 mins. This will soften is sufficiently to enable you to pick off the paint with a plastic implement.

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Re: Restoration advice

Postby Taffius » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:07 am

Anyone suggested Iso-propanol Alcohol (IPA)? Cleaning solvent that evapourates quickly, seems less harse than turps/white spirit.

Disclaimer - Never tried any of the above on anything SW related but just trying to be helpful as I used to clean electronic components and equipment with it.

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Re: Restoration advice

Postby MightyMike » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:29 pm

Thanks for the help - will try some of it and let you know how it goes (and I won't hold anyone responsible if it does go horribly wrong)

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Re: Restoration advice

Postby Twin30mm » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:49 pm

Dunk it in brake fluid.
The cheapo Halfords Dot 4 stuff is fine.
Great at removing enamel paint etc.

Tried it on a Farmboy Luke that had been 'customised' and removed the paint without affecting the original paint ops underneath.

Worth a go.


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