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Hey ya'll, I have a "The Grudge - Resin Dwarf Bust" that I picked up a few years back, and stuck in the chainmail links is this annoying green-putty-silicone stuff. Seems to be some kind of left over casting agent. I have already tried soaking this guy for a few days in Simple Green, which did not work, but I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how to clean this gunk out. Maybe a more powerful cleaning agent? Hand scraping is not an option due to the amount and nature of the goo. Thanks a lot!

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Is it goopy or rubbery? If it's the latter, it's probably part of the mold that stuck to the figure. The only way I know of to get that out is to pick it out bit by bit. (I've had that happen more than once.) Dental picks work pretty well for that.

 

If it's goopy, it might be leftover resin that never hardened. I don't know what to suggest for that.

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Sounds like you'll need to use a pick tool, kind of like what dentists use and can sometimes be found in places that sell hobby supplies.

 

You just need to be VERY careful when using it, as you don't want to chip or scratch any of the surrounding detail.

 

EDIT: Ninja'd by Doug.

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 Assuming it is a piece of the mold... Usually, if you can get the pick hooked under an edge, by gently working it in so you don't scratch the resin, a very slow but firm pressure will eventually start to peel the excess material off... (You just need to be careful not to tear the stuff so it comes off in a large chunk instead of little bits at a time...) Once you get a little bit lifted up then work at the edges, first one side than the other, the same way you'd try to peel a sticker off a box without destroying it - trying to peel it straight off usually will tear it. There's a bit of an art/science to it, but once you learn the typical physical behavior of whatever material you're trying to remove, it's fairly easy to figure out a successful plan of attack.

 If you don't have a dental pick (and really, everyone who paints minis is eventually going to want to get one) then a straight pin or hobby knife will also work if you're very, very careful.

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Might try soaking the bust in Westly's Bleache White overnight or at least soapy Ivory dish soap. (I've read that is one of the few dish soaps that doesn't contain silicon in it).

 

Do a tape test on the area. If the tape sticks, there isn't contaminants on it, Tape doesn't, then it still contaminated.

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.Actually, if you have gaffer's tape, it's probably worth a try to press some down and pull up in an attempt to remove the mold material.

 

(If you don't have gaffer's tape, you should get some. It's duck tape's bigger, better brother.  ^_^ )

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