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    white crystal stuff that seems to show up on some limbs.

    white crystal stuff that seems to show up on some limbs. I've heard you put it in sun light etc. if MOC and it gets rid of it. ... I have a loose B wing pilot that had it show up so I washed it off , it came back after so many years .. washed it off again ... now it seems not to be a big deal but wondering if it will spread to other figures ... I get the feeling it doesn't since it was only on one leg of the B wing pilot and he's standing by other figures and none of them show any signs. just want to make sure I'm protecting my figures. many thanks.

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    Your not cooking meth are you Russ? id suggest wearing a chem suit if you are to avoid these sort of issues

    On a serious note, just give your figure a good wash in dishwashing liquid with a toothbrush and hot water, that will fix it for years or for good, the jury is out on whether it can spread, i had a Boba about 5 years ago with it all over, i found it in a box of figures at a fair, used the above method, it never came back, cheers

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    I'm leaning towards it not spreading at least not unless it's touching another figure ... does that sound about right? I know I washed him off ... and if it spreads it's not that hard to remove so it's not like it's going to turn the stuff to mush LOL

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    My bro chris (TheNightmarcher) found all his old Star Wars Figures at his dad's place a year or so ago and loads of them had that weird Crystal going on!
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    It's frosting/mold...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussG View Post
    white crystal stuff that seems to show up on some limbs. I've heard you put it in sun light etc. if MOC and it gets rid of it. ... I have a loose B wing pilot that had it show up so I washed it off , it came back after so many years .. washed it off again ... now it seems not to be a big deal but wondering if it will spread to other figures ... I get the feeling it doesn't since it was only on one leg of the B wing pilot and he's standing by other figures and none of them show any signs. just want to make sure I'm protecting my figures. many thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThorOakenfelder View Post
    Q: My MOC figure has what appears to be white crystals or dust, or something on the leg/arms. What is this, and how can I get rid of it?

    A: This is mold. It can easily be removed by increasing the temperature inside the bubble, for a short amount of time, usually 10 minutes at most. It doesn't take a lot of heat, 10 minutes of sunlight is generally enough. You may also use a 60 watt bulb, or an oven on low. don't put the bubble or card too close to the heat source, as you might generate enough heat to damage it, by direct contact.
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    "or an oven on low"

    My Lord that takes a set right there to try that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapuvae View Post
    "or an oven on low"

    My Lord that takes a set right there to try that one.
    The figures can handle 100 celcius just fine. I would put them in a heat resistant container, like a closed oven dish or something, to avoid direct heating from the oven itself. The heating element will be a lot hotter then 100 celcius, to get the interior an even 100c. No risk at all, if you cover them up.
    Last edited by LandoInDisguise; 01-25-2014 at 11:51 AM.

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    Ive always doubted this frosting is mold, im probably out on a limb on myself here but it has no characteristics of mold imo, its crystal/powdery to touch, id like to look at it under a high powered microscope.

    Plus normal sunlight does not kill most molds, ive just read that you need at least 150 degrees c to kill mold.

    Ive got a feeling this is a type of plastic leaching/degradation.

    Has anybody got ant hard facts on it being mold ? it just makes little sense all round to me..

    Or i could be totally wrong, wouldnt be the first time lol.

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    I've only put one in the sun once...you have to be seriously careful...depending on where you live, it can start to warp the bubble or at the very least soften it temporarily. That said, when you get rid of the frosting, it does look quite better.

    I've seen differing answers on what exactly the frosting is...
    Last edited by BobaFett34; 01-25-2014 at 12:14 PM.

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