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    What is the best duster or way of dusting a displayed collection?

    If it's displayed on open shelves, what is the best way to manage/clean the dust? Especially when the dust gets into tight crevices in action figures or vehicles or playsets?

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    Well I don't know how well this actualy works but I use a balloon pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Dalek View Post
    Well I don't know how well this actualy works but I use a balloon pump.
    How could you not know how well it works if you use it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    How could you not know how well it works if you use it?
    Cause I don't know how well it stacks up against what other people do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    If it's displayed on open shelves, what is the best way to manage/clean the dust? Especially when the dust gets into tight crevices in action figures or vehicles or playsets?
    I use those compressed air cans. They work great getting into crevices and cleaning my collection.

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    Compressed air cans work very well. The only annoying part is that I pick up one at a time and dust away from the shelf so Iím not just blowing the dust everywhere
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    How do these cans work on the shelf? Do you have to remove everything, wipe the shelf down, then use the cans on each item?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    How do these cans work on the shelf? Do you have to remove everything, wipe the shelf down, then use the cans on each item?
    yeah pretty much this. I've been looking for a better way.
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    I use make-up brushes. They are gentle on statues which got me started with them, but work well with figures and other toys. I think compressed air really gets into the crevices best, but for quick convenience I like them. In the picture is the size/type I use mostly (see towards the bottom) but there are narrow small tips ones I also keep around for getting into more the crevices.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinHard View Post
    How do these cans work on the shelf? Do you have to remove everything, wipe the shelf down, then use the cans on each item?
    Yes. That's what I do.

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    I bought a couple air purifiers from Walmart and it really keeps the dust down in my collection rooms. I also keep the door closed most of the time.

    Obviously, these are preventative measures. I used to dust with an air can but the dust just traveled somewhere else or things kept falling over from the air pressure. Iím trying to slowly put glass doors on all my shelves or get Ikea Detolf cabinets.

    This is a collectorís forever problem.

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    I use a makeup brush too. I primarily use it to wipe away the excess bits whenever I use the electric eraser but it doubles for dusting fine enough.

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    If something gets so bad that I can't wipe off the dust then I bust out the air compressor.
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    I use an electric duster so I'm not burning through tons of cans of air:


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    Quote Originally Posted by BCI Guy View Post
    I use an electric duster so I'm not burning through tons of cans of air:

    https://i.ibb.co/7yFtd8k/41d-Lbpv-Cr8-L-AC.jpg
    I have that same one. It's amazing how much air that pushes out. We even use it to fill up inflatable toys/pools.

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    I think this pretty much answers the question:

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    Fluffy soft makeup brushes or small art paint brushes for the figures. Canned air can help. Clearing a shelf and wiping it down with a damp cloth to get the dust to stick to it, tossing it in the trash, means it won't just fly around in the air.

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    Until I got to "Clearing a shelf..." I thought you were responding to and commenting on my previous post.

    Quote Originally Posted by diosoth View Post
    Fluffy soft makeup brushes or small art paint brushes for the figures. Canned air can help. Clearing a shelf and wiping it down with a damp cloth to get the dust to stick to it, tossing it in the trash, means it won't just fly around in the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diosoth View Post
    Fluffy soft makeup brushes or small art paint brushes for the figures. Canned air can help. Clearing a shelf and wiping it down with a damp cloth to get the dust to stick to it, tossing it in the trash, means it won't just fly around in the air.
    Is canned air best for vehicles and playsets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glasstor View Post
    I bought a couple air purifiers from Walmart and it really keeps the dust down in my collection rooms. I also keep the door closed most of the time.

    Obviously, these are preventative measures. I used to dust with an air can but the dust just traveled somewhere else or things kept falling over from the air pressure. Iím trying to slowly put glass doors on all my shelves or get Ikea Detolf cabinets.

    This is a collectorís forever problem.
    Enclosed display cases are the best options for collectibles.

    The Ikea Detolf is a great display option. Although it will cut down on dust, it won't keep things completely dust free. Using weather strips, you can modify them to stop all dust completely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexApprobation View Post
    Enclosed display cases are the best options for collectibles.

    The Ikea Detolf is a great display option. Although it will cut down on dust, it won't keep things completely dust free. Using weather strips, you can modify them to stop all dust completely.
    Thatís a great tip!

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