I was at a collectible show this weekend, and found someone selling core technobots for real cheap. I got Scattershot, Nosecone, Lightspeed, and a poor condition m Strafe (all w/o accessories) for under $30. Anyways, I would like to ask for some advice on how to restore them. 1st, I have seen pictures of them, where the lighter parts are super white. Mine have minor yellowing. I don't remember them in G1, but were the white parts always super white when they came out Also, how do you guys usually hunt for G1 accessories parts besides eBay? Read and Comment on The Topic Here
- 2012-09-04 @ 4:32 pm
here's the thread i was pointing out earlier with some links to some great reading material.
If it's just cleaning then water, q-tips, and a screwdriver are needed. I restored my whole G1 collection after heavy smoke damage from a house fire. All came out well and I got all the needed parts, weapons and accessories off of ebay. All came out well except Omega Supreme for which I messed up on the electronics and mechanical and now it does not work.
For looking up what accessories and other info come with a figure Botcollector.com and Unicron.com are good sites. For Unicron.com use the dates all the way to the right. For dirty or ruined sticker that I want to remove I use an adhesive remover from the auto parts store, use carefully, paint from the metal painted figures will come off a little. But this is a quick and easy way to remove unwanted stickers. Reprolabels.com sells reproduced sticker sheets of pretty much all figures. For overall cleaning, warm water and Q-tips work pretty good.
- 2012-09-04 @ 3:33 pm
looking on other message boards is a good idea too for those loose pieces. As far as restoring them, there's not much you can do for discoloration. there is a process of putting Oxy Clean into Hrydogen Peroxide in a glass dish, and leaving the figure in the the dish in the sun for a while to bring the white parts back to white. there's a thread someone else made about a yellowing jetfire in which i posted some links to the process. I've done it a few times to a G1 Ratchet and it works. There's also a link in that thread too for a way to remove stickers safely with them retaining their stickiness to be used again. have fun!
I usually go to collectible conventions, they do not have to be Transformer specific, and better if they are not, since most of the time they are cheaper. I would actually print out a picture of the accessories I will be looking for. Transformer land.com is good for those.
As for cleaning up the bots, for me a little bleach goes a long way