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Shenuday the Great

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Mold on Dinosaurs
« on: June 16, 2020, 03:24:04 AM »
These two Imperial's were left outside for a while, and splotches of mold have started to form on them.

The mold is much more severe on the triceratops.

I've tried soaking them in soapy water and then scrubbing them with a toothbrush, which works on dirt, but it barely did anything. Chlorine and bleach come to mind, but I'm afraid they might damage the paint. I'd like a way to clean the mold off that doesn't damage the toy itself. Any ideas?


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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2020, 05:18:07 AM »
that type of mold usually embed themselves almost permanently on soft type plastic materials. dont put those toys among your other plastic figures. ive read somewhere (in Kaiju sofubi groups) that they are "transferrable/contagious".

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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2020, 11:10:48 AM »
Ewww. Guess it is time to get rid of those now. Not sell. Not donate. But throwing them away.
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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2020, 11:12:39 AM »
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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2020, 03:40:02 PM »
I'd soak them in a bleach solution before throwing them away.  If the paint survives...great, but if not, they could always be a repaint project.

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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2020, 04:39:58 PM »
Ewww. Guess it is time to get rid of those now. Not sell. Not donate. But throwing them away.
Best not to donate old Imperial figures anyway, as they are likely to contain lead.

Trying to save the paint is probably a lost cause. If you want to save them it's the time to cut your losses and go to the harsh chemicals to get this cleared off.

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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2020, 05:49:46 PM »
Thanks for your responses guys. I guess I'm gonna have to throw them away, but first I'll try soaking them in a bleach or chlorine solution (might as well try).

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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2020, 11:00:02 PM »
I check all my prehistoric animals whenever I can. I don't think any of my dinosaurs and prehistoric animals have mold but how can I find out? I know that question would correspond to another thread but it catches my attention.

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Re: Mold on Dinosaurs
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2020, 05:25:50 AM »
@Shonisaurus Mold developes under humid conditions while air circulation is low or completely blocked. So if you have your figures in shelves in a commonly ventilated appartment or house with your common conditions as humans need to feel comfortable, you and your figures are fine.

This also goes for figures stowed away in the attic in boxes or so. While air ventilation is low or totally blocked, the lack of humidity prevents mold.

I for example only know these blotches of mold from cheap figures left in a sandbox out in the garden, buried over winter. But I also have Bullyland and Schleich figures that were literally buried for decades in the garden of my parents but are totally unharmed by mold or other decomposition.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2020, 05:26:21 AM by Lanthanotus »