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    My Hordak is sticky!?!

    Hey all.

    Found an old Buzz-Saw Hordak in a box, was gonna set him up for display. Turns out he's sticky! He wasn't covered in any substance and wasn't dirty -- it's almost like the plastic itself is, I dunno... "sweating" maybe?

    Is this a thing that happens to vintage MOTU figs? If so, am I exposing myself to lethal toxins?? hahah... and if not, any good way to un-sticky this guy?? Soap and water didn't work and I'm not sure what else to use that won't damage it.

    Any info welcome!!

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    Here's some info from the forums:

    Quote Originally Posted by iron_pride View Post
    I have used a few different methods.

    Goo-Be-Gone: I have tried this, BUT if you have the slightest scratch on the figure in any place, the goo-be-gone will start to remove the paint from around the scratch. It does however work well for the paint rub marks left by other figures.

    Peroxide: This too, peroxide is a "whitener" by nature, thus the use in some whitening teeth cleaners as well as a cheap-o hair blonding agent. It cleaned off the stickiness, but on some (mainly the dark colors) it left them with the look of a tad bit duller finish. To note, while a good cleaning agent, it didn't do as well as goo-be-gone for the minor paint rubs from other figures.

    Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol has been my most used method. It not only cleans the stickiness, but also sterilizes it....so if you are iffy about who you got them from, it's a good anti-bacterial for that. I have had good luck with it, but use quick strokes and wash it with water after so the alcohol doesn't soak in.

    Silicone Spray: I use this AFTER cleaning....also with small quick strokes more to "beautify" the figure's finish after cleaning. In most cases it "kind-of" brings back the original luster and makes the colors "pop" more.

    The best thing that I have found though (for lightly sticky or lightly soiled---meaning dusty or mildly dirty(mud etc.)), is to use DAWN dish washing liquid and hot water (unless your figures have lights or metal components). DAWN is a grease cutter, so a good soak and washing in soapy DAWN dishwater does the trick for the most part on lightly sticky or lightly soiled figures. The reason I capitalize DAWN is just becasue I have tried other dish detergents and none of them work as well in my experience.

    I hope this helps. I haven't tried the previously mentioned 409 or any other household cleaners, mainly because the chemicals used in them could damage the toy. Maybe not right away, but over time it certainly could with the chemicals breaking down the plastic or the coatings. Just be careful using goo-be-gone or peroxide or alcohol because too much will damage the finish or soak in and damage it slowly long term. If you try the bleach route, be sure to use color safe bleach unless the product you are cleaning is all white. I used bleach once on a hockey stick (where tape covers it on the blade) and it made it white, but also made it look discolored compared to the rest. So....

    If its all white, you could use bleach. If it is free 100% of scratches you could use goo-be-gone. Peroxide will get rid of the sticky but depending on the quality of plastic it could leave it dull looking and dull to the touch. Alcohol is a good sanitizer, but as with anything not dish soap or water, it could also break down the plastic if you expose the toy to it for too long.

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    Dang, this is making me paranoid about damaging the fig while trying to clean it... I guess I can just leave him sticky and never touch it!!

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    I've had some good results cleaning sticky MOTU figures by dipping a Q-tip in alcohol or nail polish remover and rubbing off all the residue, then rinsing with warm water and rubbing dry with a lint-free rag. No issues so far, as long as you avoid the painted parts. Almost all of mine have only gotten sticky on the legs, above the boots, so since I'm only cleaning the molded parts there's no issues with rubbing off any paint.

    Unfortunately it does seem like after a while it just becomes a recurring thing with these, due to the plastic itself breaking down over time. So while it's good to clean that sticky grime off, there's a chance it will come back eventually. Still, I clean them whenever I come across one that needs it.
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    alright, good to know. I guess this is one of the unforeseen issues with cheap '80s plastic!

    fingers crossed while Hordak takes his bath!!

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    I noticed this 20 years ago. My vintage trap jaw has until today a sticky coating around its legs.

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    I went through my entire vintage collection today to re-pack it. My King Randor previously had the worst stickiness of all before I cleaned it off with the nail polish remover. A year later and it's barely sticky at all! Very little bit on the legs but nowhere near as bad as it was. Nobody else I cleaned is sticky at all.

    Just figured I'd give an update since we were just talking about it and this is the first time I've handled most of them in a while.
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