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Shiny Spots on Figures?  What are these?Shiny Spots on Figures? What are these?Ask MFC

neptunecadetneptunecadet6 jaar geleden
Mmmmmm...Sorry for posting twice in a day...but I just have some questions (and since I was taking pictures anyway, why not post them here?) Yay....?

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120107004517/creepypasta/images/4/4e/CreepyThomas.jpg


Can you guys help me figure out just what I'm dealing with?

Have you ever had a figurine that had random shininess to it? Like... "Where did that come from?"

I know buying things on the second-hand market is a gamble sometimes, and I'm not really one to mind superficial flaws on figurines most of the time.

I'm just wondering what is the cause of these mysterious shinies...and *if* there is a way to get them off (it's okay if there isn't--I don't mind much).

First figure in Question: My Dear boy, Ciel

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/11/26/865903.jpeg

He has some mysterious shinies by his buttons.





The Second figure in Question: The Hottie, Sebastian

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/upload/pictures/2013/11/26/865904.jpeg



It's like...he has scratches...but they're not scratches...they don't dig into his plastic clothing or anything...they're just shiny markings.



What are these mysterious shinies and are they removable? If so, how? If not, I don't mind much. But it'd be cool to get them off.



Anyway....any help is appreciated! *Goes back to hiding under a rock*
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Sebastian looks like he has some light scratches, as another user said.

On Ciel, my guess would be plasticizers reaching the surface of the figure as other people have also guessed. Any figure made of PVC relies on the plasticizers within when it comes to malleability. The more plasticizers, the softer the PVC. This is why older figures tend to brittle and be tough to handle if they are not well-taken care of. Plasticizers are naturally rather loose, which is why they're creating an oily film on the surface of your figure. This can be prevented by (yes I know it's going to sound weird) putting your figures in the freezer for about twenty minutes every few months. Heat and ultraviolet rays are said to react with PVC and create chlorine free radicals, and eventually chlorine gas, which breaks apart the material. This is one of the reasons you should never leave your figure in a hot place or in direct sunlight.

If oil has started to accumulate, put your figure in the freezer for thirty to forty-five minutes. If you must clean it, use a microfiber cloth that won't leave any dust, try to avoid using water, and never use chemical cleaners. If you must use water, make sure it's not at all warm and use a small amount with a cloth on the dirty areas.
6 jaar geleden
I customize figures and usually use either Testors Dullcote or Mr Super Clear matte spray to remove shininess from plastic or resin. If you try one of these sprays, be sure to clean the figure completely as the spray will seal in any dust or particles. Spray on a mild day with low humidity, holding the can about 1-2 ft away. Let it dry in a clean empty box overnight. Hope this helps :)
6 jaar geleden
Finger oil reacting with PVC... there's nothing you can do. Wash it with diluted bleach and pray to the Figure King calamity will not strike and melt your figures away. lol j/k Don't worry about it too much, it's common. Do as others say, you can wash it it with some soapy water. Are any of your figures "sticky" - that's another common problem since over time depending on ambient temperatures these figures can "sweat".
6 jaar geleden
This could be just the plasticiser oozing out. It's normal with cheaper PVC. Just wash it with soapy water -- you might need to rub it with q-tips or something.
6 jaar geleden
neptunecadet ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~
kevinlowl6 jaar geleden#1854928lol, what's with that Thomas and friends pic. D:
Try using one of those "magic erasers" and remember to rub slowly as you don't want to 'burn' the PVC. Or you could try using a Faber Castell Vinyl Eraser (not sure about other types of erasers from other manufacturers as I only tried this one). I used it on a prize figure with the usual shiny skin and it made it somewhat matte. I think it works by leaving tiny dust particles sticking on the surface which makes it become matte. *nerd talk*
Just make sure you're using a vinyl eraser (as I never tried any others), brand new would be best as you want to use a clean eraser and rub slowly.


That's a cool suggestion! I've never even thought of that! I will try it!
6 jaar geleden
lol, what's with that Thomas and friends pic. D:

Try using one of those "magic erasers" and remember to rub slowly as you don't want to 'burn' the PVC. Or you could try using a Faber Castell Vinyl Eraser (not sure about other types of erasers from other manufacturers as I only tried this one). I used it on a prize figure with the usual shiny skin and it made it somewhat matte. I think it works by leaving tiny dust particles sticking on the surface which makes it become matte. *nerd talk*

Just make sure you're using a vinyl eraser (as I never tried any others), brand new would be best as you want to use a clean eraser and rub slowly.
6 jaar geleden
KalasRaven6 jaar geleden#1854723They're defiantly scratches. Just because it doesn't have a groove doesn't mean it's not a scratch. The same thing happened on the back of the trench coat that my Triela figure wears. It just rubbed up against something while I moved it and it scraped the covering off of the plastic that made it not shiny.
That seems makes the most sense to me sadly. 3: That said I'm still totally open to other possible reasons~

Also, as homey as your rock might be you should hang outside of it moar. ;D
6 jaar geleden
They're defiantly scratches. Just because it doesn't have a groove doesn't mean it's not a scratch. The same thing happened on the back of the trench coat that my Triela figure wears. It just rubbed up against something while I moved it and it scraped the covering off of the plastic that made it not shiny.
6 jaar geleden
Jennyfur ʕ•ᴥ~ʔ
I'm interested in seeing if anyone has a solution as well! I have no idea how to fix it, but you're not alone :P A few of my older figures have these same shiny spots, usually on black colored parts but not always.
6 jaar geleden
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