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Old 12-19-2019, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some of mine are a bit dusty, for plastic ones I’ve always just taken a microfiber cloth and wiped them with it being damp, can I use the same damp cloth for the diecast ones? I’m nervous about rubbing paint off.
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Buy a half decent make up application brush. Very soft, and works great.
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Old 12-19-2019, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Any recommendations? Do you just dust them with it dry or do you wet it?
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Dry. You should be fine.
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Old 12-20-2019, 12:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I always use a clean, dry and soft paint brush to get rid of the dust. You probably have one lying around somewhere in your house too.
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A soft brush is the best as said before. Don't use a cloth because you can wipe of antennas and stuff.
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Old 12-20-2019, 03:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The lens cleaner brushes are also a good option - allows you to get a puff of air to blow off the dust in tight spots
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I use this guy for the dust:



I tried handling the models with white cotton gloves, and you can wipe dust off with those, but in general I found I was more prone to dropping them/catching the glove on an antenna versus handling with bare hands. I also have a small soft paint brush that works.
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Craftsman 20 gallon 1.5hp air compressor with 150psi and nozzle attachment. That takes care of just about any particle of dust.
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I also bought a very soft makeup brush and just gently move it across the model. It works very well for me and does not cause any damage.
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Old 12-20-2019, 02:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you, I will buy a few brushes and I actually totally forgot that I have that small electric duster you linked, its very powerful. Good idea!

I have this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Metro-Vacuum-...6870230&sr=8-4
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Old 12-20-2019, 02:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I use a makeup brush my girlfriend didn't need
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Old 12-20-2019, 04:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I use a very soft makeup brush.

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Old 12-20-2019, 05:35 PM   #14 (permalink)
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A camera lens brush with bellows. But the bellows part doesn't work too well. So any soft brush should do.
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I too use a make-up brush that my wife picked up a few years back for me in our corner drug store. Mine retracts into the handle. I also use it for my laptop screen. Super! For the curious, it was branded 'Annabelle A-88'. Super soft and perfect for dusting diecast.
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Ouch, I'm not sure about that last one.
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For those trying to achieve that "weathered" look
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.... or battle damage.
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If you want to simulate a plane that has gone through volcanic ashes, that steel brush is your friend
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Will get rid of any zinc rot in an instant !
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:35 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Deadlef! I was going to say 2400PSI pressure washer, then some Comet with scratch pad...your option just gets right to it without the 2 step process!

In all seriousness, makeup brush or good quality paint brush (Wooster or Purdy), but not often, mainly before putting away during display rotation.

If the plane is used and a little dirty I wipe them down with a Lysol wipe followed by small damp eyeglass microfiber cloth. Just have to be very careful not to snag a small delicate part! I do the same for box sleeves and can be done very lightly on the cardboard with Lysol wipe (not too damp), but substitute the eyeglass cloth with slightly damp paper towel! There ya have it...yes I am OCD and collect boxes as well, but don't display them!

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