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How Do You Keep Your Models Clean?  
User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9843 times:

I'm wondering how :I can keep my diecast models clean of dust, any type of dirt/fingerprints, and anything alse that can harm it. Also, if it is already dirty/dusty, how can I clean it?


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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9802 times:

Unless you can get a clear, plastic covering, then there's really nothing you can do. I dust mine every 1-2 months. I also keep them out of the way in the sun, in a shadowed area, as overtime the sun will suck the color right out! If it's really dirty, try running over it with your finger, or use a really light feather duster!


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15250 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9779 times:
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I've heard using dryer sheets for dusting helps to keep dust away longer.

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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 9775 times:

I dust them.


User currently offlineAirways45 From United Kingdom, joined May 2000, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9757 times:

Hi use car wax. This is excellent at keeping my large scale travel agent style models clean, plus, if you suffer from yellowing of decals use a car polish carefully and watch the yellowing go away. It does work, honest. They also seem to repel the dust.


User currently offlineLHcapt2007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9752 times:

If you want to be simple just use your shirt to remove most blotches(especially a thin cotton one), but sometimes its better to dampen a towel to get a lot of dust off. I've noticed that if i keep a fan running in their general direction, it tends to keep dust away longer. However, if you mess around with them a lot (saying they're gemini) dust rarely forms if you keep a clean house.

User currently offline747srule From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9732 times:

I put mine in a curio. That way,no dust gets on them.

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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2081 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9709 times:
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About once a week I dust all my shelves they are one, even if there is little dust and just run the cloth over the model real quick. Nothing major.

User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9694 times:

Most of my 1:400 die casts are displayed in an enclosed cabinet with glass doors for viewing -- no need to dust or clean so far. Otherwise, two of the best ideas I have discovered for keeping models not kept in enclosed storage clean and dust-free are:

1) a 1" wide makeup brush (stolen from my wife -- ssshhhh!!!) with fine, very soft bristles that was never used for its intended purpose, and

2) use my airbrush (without paint cup attached!) to blow the dust off -- great way to get at all of the difficult to reach places like wing/tail to fuselage joint areas, etc.

User currently offlineMark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9669 times:

Believe it or not, I have actually used my wife's hair dryer to blow the dust off. It's pretty effective but the solution is to enclose your models behind glass or plastic. I can't see myself dusting 1000+ models on a regular basis.

User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9648 times:

i only have 4 that stay out displayed

every once in a while, like once a month i just get a pencil or something, wrap some kleenex or toilet paper around it, and clean the airplane carefully, and reach into all the small places like between wheels, engines etc...usually works well

reminds me i should clean em now, lol haven't done it in about a month or so


User currently offlineSwissA330 From Switzerland, joined Mar 2002, 614 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9603 times:

Good question

I have around 1200 models, on around 50 40cm*40cm glass Panels.
Every once in awhile I dust 1 or 2 of them.

The problem is, that my favourite 'panels' get dusted more often, while some others are really collecting dust...

Anyway, have fun and good luck dusting them  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9516 times:

What about Schabaks?

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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9507 times:


I have11, and only 2 of them a large scale ones

I dust them when i notice they are gettin dirty

I love em, so clean them every few days

User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9443 times:

I use pressurised air, like you can get in an office store for cleaning printers and keyboards, also i use these disposable cleaning clothes i clean my glasses with, pretty effective, but my collection is not too large, only about 10 or so...

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