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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby leakin' lubricant » Mon May 27, 2013 1:41 am

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leakin' lubricant wrote:Hi all, I'm looking for some tips on fixing the paint job on my classics Prowl, for some reason all of a sudden the paint has become tacky (it was fine up until now). I was going to use Plastikote spray paints to replace the dodgy Hasbro stuff, has anyone any tips on the best way to mask off the doors with minimal bleeding, also does anyone know if it is advisable to clear cote over reprolabels sticker to preserve them.


Use Tamiya's masking tape. It might be expensive, but the masked edges show no bleed-through at all.

Do you have an airbrush? Airbrushes put on a much finer mist of paint, minimizing bleed-through. Also, try spraying from the side of the masked part--meaning, spray with the masked side facing toward you. The logic behind this is that if you spray with the unmasked side facing you, the masked edge of the tape acts like a dam, pooling paint on the edge, creating the risk of bleeding and an unnaturally thick border.

Also, you should use a blade to cut along the edges of the masking tape. Apparently, lint and dust might get stuck onto the sides of the tape, and create an uneven border on the painted surface.



Thanks very much, kind of a novice at this so your advice is very welcome. I dont have an airbrush unfortunately too expensive for how little I would use it. Would you advise using clear coat over the top of reprolabels or would that screw them up.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Mon May 27, 2013 4:36 am

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SKYWARPED_128 wrote:
leakin' lubricant wrote:Hi all, I'm looking for some tips on fixing the paint job on my classics Prowl, for some reason all of a sudden the paint has become tacky (it was fine up until now). I was going to use Plastikote spray paints to replace the dodgy Hasbro stuff, has anyone any tips on the best way to mask off the doors with minimal bleeding, also does anyone know if it is advisable to clear cote over reprolabels sticker to preserve them.


Use Tamiya's masking tape. It might be expensive, but the masked edges show no bleed-through at all.

Do you have an airbrush? Airbrushes put on a much finer mist of paint, minimizing bleed-through. Also, try spraying from the side of the masked part--meaning, spray with the masked side facing toward you. The logic behind this is that if you spray with the unmasked side facing you, the masked edge of the tape acts like a dam, pooling paint on the edge, creating the risk of bleeding and an unnaturally thick border.

Also, you should use a blade to cut along the edges of the masking tape. Apparently, lint and dust might get stuck onto the sides of the tape, and create an uneven border on the painted surface.



Thanks very much, kind of a novice at this so your advice is very welcome. I dont have an airbrush unfortunately too expensive for how little I would use it. Would you advise using clear coat over the top of reprolabels or would that screw them up.


Glad to help. :D

I've clear coated Gundam stickers before when building my MG Gundam Exia, and it looks fine even a year later, so I suppose it should be okay with Reprolabels.

I haven't used Reprolabels before TBH, so I can't say for certain. It SHOULD be okay, though, as there hasn't been any reported cases of stickers being damaged by clear coats.

Just be very sure you have your sticker(s) where you want it before applying a clear coat, because it can be very difficult to remove dried clear coat , if not downright impossible (unless you're using Future).
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby leakin' lubricant » Mon May 27, 2013 5:28 am

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SKYWARPED_128 wrote:
Glad to help. :D

I've clear coated Gundam stickers before when building my MG Gundam Exia, and it looks fine even a year later, so I suppose it should be okay with Reprolabels.

I haven't used Reprolabels before TBH, so I can't say for certain. It SHOULD be okay, though, as there hasn't been any reported cases of stickers being damaged by clear coats.

Just be very sure you have your sticker(s) where you want it before applying a clear coat, because it can be very difficult to remove dried clear coat , if not downright impossible (unless you're using Future).


Thanks again, good advice, I should be getting the paints together later today so I'll let you know how it goes.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Prankmeister » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:31 pm

Hey! I recently ordered some Pledge Future after seeing so many people recommend it for tightening up joints, but when it arrived, it was Multi-Surface Finish.

http://www.pledge.com/en-US/Products/Pa ... inish.aspx

Every online link I go to redirects to this product, and even though I'm positive I ordered Pledge Future, with the product image even having the Future logo on it, this is what I got instead. Is this the same stuff with a different name, or am I missing something?

Thanks in advance! Sorry if this is on the wrong place, the maintenance thread seemed like the best place for it.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Afterlife07 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:31 am

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Does anyone know how to remove this pin in Generations FOC Grimlock's shoulders?

I've tried heating it up with a hair dryer, I've tried using a hammer and a nail to knock out the pin (the gnarled end is on the top I think, which makes knocking it out tougher).

Anyone have an advice on this one?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby leakin' lubricant » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:36 am

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Finally finished my Classics Prowl paint job, I used Plasticote paints and some generic Police model decals, was a labour of love and one hell of a learning curve, but all worth it in the end.

Enjoy.

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby magnusalpha » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:15 am

Motto: "Do not be afraid of the unknown. Seek it out."
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby magnusalpha » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:17 am

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kirbenvost wrote:Ouch, that's a harsh break to have on an exclusive toy. :( So far I haven't had much luck using superglue on any sort of stressed areas of plastic... it works fine for cosmetic fixes (side mirrors, head crests, etc), but anything under stress like a joint, the glue just snaps right off. I dunno, maybe I'm doing it wrong or something. Could be I need to let it cure longer. I used superglue on one of the armor tabs on my G1 Jetfire, and it broke the first time, but is holding so far the second.

Maybe you could rig up something more permanent as a splint. Tape may leave a residue on the plastic, you could perhaps try some of the clear elastics they use in the Hasbro packaging.


I bummed me out that the knee broke off right out of the box, still does bum me out, but I did resolve it, in a way.

I never did fix this problem or find any possible solutions online. He's been hiding out in one of my air-sealed containers in the back office. Today I came across another Fire SL Convoy online & bit the $120 bullet. The completist in me wants to have that perfect condition Fire SL Convoy.

Now that I've got him on the way, I can actually handle the 1st one without crying. Rather than mess with the new one & hope the "fragile knee join" problem comes up again, I'll just continue to splint Mr. Limpy without worrying about hurting him further.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby magnusalpha » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:29 pm

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Hey folks.
Yesterday my Planintum Edition Optimus Prime came in (Super-class Energon Optimus mold). He's a great figure, especially since I'm used to my Deluxe-class SL Grand Convoy. The only problem he seems to have is that the ratchet in his left shoulder doesn't seem to have very much resistance/torque to it.

I'm not 100% how the ratchet functions but it seems like there's a spring in there pushing the teeth together. Any advice or input about putting in a new spring, things to watch out for when unscrewing things to get inside, etc.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:48 pm

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So, I was wondering if anyone knew of any ways to reverse yellowing that don't include bleach, acid, or sandpaper. I got a G1 Jazz at a local geek expo and I was hoping to do a bit of restoration on him.

Also: is there any good solid glues that would work with that plastic? I got him cheap because the roof/windshield part was snapped off and I've been trying to glue it back on, but the Instant Krazy Glue I got isn't working out.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby kkprime » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:16 pm

I have a Transformers Universe Classics Optimus Prime figure. I like to try different weapons on the figure to see how they look. I bought a transformers beast hunters voyager class optimus prime figure and try o put the sword into the other primes hand. It got stuck and I pilled it out with so much force that the handle of the sword was jammed in the classics optimus prime. I want to remove the jammed piece of plastic from the classics optimus primes hand. I have already tried tweezers it doesn't work. Help thanks
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby kkprime » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:16 pm

I have a Transformers Universe Classics Optimus Prime figure. I like to try different weapons on the figure to see how they look. I bought a transformers beast hunters voyager class optimus prime figure and try o put the sword into the other primes hand. It got stuck and I pilled it out with so much force that the handle of the sword was jammed in the classics optimus prime. I want to remove the jammed piece of plastic from the classics optimus primes hand. I have already tried tweezers it doesn't work. Help thanks
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Transformers Universe Classics Optimus Prime

Postby kkprime » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:24 pm

I Have a transformers beast hunters voyager class optimus prime and I put the sword into my classics optimus primes hand and I couldn't get it out. I pulled it out with such force that it ripped the handle of the sword from the blade and it is jammed into the classics optimus primes hand. I tried tweezers but the don't work. can anyone help me thanks
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Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby kkprime » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:37 pm

I have a Transformers Classics Optimus Prime. I like to try on weapons from he other figures that I have on it. I also have a Transformers beast hunters voyager class optimus prime I tried to put the sword of the beast hunter prime in the hand of the classics prime. I god stuck and I pulled the sword out with so much force that it snapped the sword from the hilt and the hilt is jammed in the hand of the classics optimus prime. I tried tweezers and they don't work. please help
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RE: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby kkprime » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:38 pm

I have a Transformers Classics Optimus Prime. I like to try on weapons from he other figures that I have on it. I also have a Transformers beast hunters voyager class optimus prime I tried to put the sword of the beast hunter prime in the hand of the classics prime. I god stuck and I pulled the sword out with so much force that it snapped the sword from the hilt and the hilt is jammed in the hand of the classics optimus prime. I tried tweezers and they don't work. please help
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Cobalt Prime » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:15 am

Motto: ""Excessive force is not necessary.""
I plan to buy the large Dragon Assault Beast Hunters Prime when it hits the clearance, but I hate the missile launching ring thingee on his back. It's a huge, heavy eyesore that ruins the figure imo. I plan to remove it the moment it clears the package. Are there any good tutorials that show how best to remove it without damaging the toy? I want the option of being able to put it back on if necessary.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Jetsandheels » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:22 am

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Cobalt prime, this thread may be of help to you:

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons- ... e-mod.html

Gunshot's second post shows what he used and how he removed the wheel.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby njb902 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:57 pm

What's the best way to remove a broken off peg from a peg hole on a commander class toy? The Toy in question is the TFP Ironhide, one of the pegs of his cannons broke off in his for arm.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:16 pm

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njb902 wrote:What's the best way to remove a broken off peg from a peg hole on a commander class toy? The Toy in question is the TFP Ironhide, one of the pegs of his cannons broke off in his for arm.


My suggestion? Use a Tamiya Handy Drill and basically "disintegrate" the peg by drilling into it in various places, and then try to dig out the pieces. The reason I specifically said Tamiya's Handy Drill is because it's designed specifically for drilling into plastic. The rotation of the bit is relatively slow and thus won't melt the surrounding plastic, and the small size and weight of the drill makes it much easier to maneuver during precision jobs, compared to the much larger and heavier Dremmel rotary tools or power drills.

Even with the handy drill, it's still a risky job, so if you choose to go ahead with it, be VERY careful and try to gauge how deep the port is by measuring the depth of the port on the other forearm.

Just my two cents' worth.

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Cobalt Prime » Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:24 am

Motto: ""Excessive force is not necessary.""
Jetsandheels wrote:Cobalt prime, this thread may be of help to you:

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons- ... e-mod.html

Gunshot's second post shows what he used and how he removed the wheel.

Hope this helps.


Thanks for the link, man! :)
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Baron von Blitztank » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:41 pm

I've got a Cybertron Primus who's got a fault with one of the springs in his shoulder pads which stops the pad from moving all the way up. Anyone know of a way to fix it?

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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Mindmaster » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:19 pm

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kkprime wrote:I have a Transformers Universe Classics Optimus Prime figure. I like to try different weapons on the figure to see how they look. I bought a transformers beast hunters voyager class optimus prime figure and try o put the sword into the other primes hand. It got stuck and I pilled it out with so much force that the handle of the sword was jammed in the classics optimus prime. I want to remove the jammed piece of plastic from the classics optimus primes hand. I have already tried tweezers it doesn't work. Help thanks


1) Acquire a toothpick.
2) place toothpick end on one side of the 5mm port that serves as OP's hand
3) PUSH WITH ALL YOUR MORTAL MIGHT
4) If that doesn't work try with a hammer and a small nail. Be gentle when doing this.
5) Profit!
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby Cyberpunk777 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:07 pm

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I have a bunch of g1 figures that have loose joints is there any way to fix that?
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby SentinelA » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:30 am

Okay, I know this has been discussed many times, but I need a reminder. How do you fix a loose ball and socket joint where the piece keeps falling out? I seem to remember some saying use nail polish remover but I want to be sure.
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Re: Transformers Workshop (Maintenance & Repair)

Postby superchace » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:08 pm

I have an Energon superclass Optimus whose leg has gone limp, he can't even hold himself up in supermode anymore. How can I fix it? I tried taking the waist apart but the battery compartment is in the way.
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