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How Do You Keep Your Models Clean?  
User currently offlineMartinairYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 1209 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8436 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, 5551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8395 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, 14297 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8372 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 (11 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8368 times:

I dust them.


User currently offlineAirways45 From United Kingdom, joined May 2000, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8350 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 (11 years 3 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8345 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, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8325 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, 2068 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8302 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, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months ago) and read 8287 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 (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8262 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 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8241 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: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8196 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, 4901 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8109 times:

What about Schabaks?

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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8100 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: 18
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8036 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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