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Cleaning Dusty Models

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Cleaning Dusty Models
Posted by Zar on Monday, September 8, 2014 3:57 PM

Hi all, can you guys give me some options on cleaning models? Pretty dusty and some are caked with dust. Thanks.

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Posted by dirkpitt77 on Monday, September 8, 2014 4:45 PM

Heh. I consider it weathering LOL. I used to go at 'em with a nice soft paintbrush, but it'd be the better part of 3-4 hours to do them all. Then of course there's the shelves themselves you end up dusting.

  My solution has been to implement an ounce of prevention. I got tired of dusting so I began to invest in  display cases I could seal up against the dust. Been able to find both my big ones on Craigslist for a good price. Had them 5-6 years. No more dusting.


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Posted by leemitcheltree on Monday, September 8, 2014 6:33 PM

The best cure is prevention.  Keep 'em cased.

But.....if they're clearcoated, then I use a very soft brush and warm water.....careful....careful....

Q-Tips help.  The main thing is.....go slowly.....and carefully.  It works for me.

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Posted by seasick on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:48 AM

Go to the drug store and buy makeup application brushes, the brushes are very soft and get all the dust off. Also compressed air cans for cleaning computers. If you have a compressor for your air brush you can use short burst of air to get the dust off. A car detailing brush also works well. Swiffer sweeper rags and their duster work well too. Remember to vacuum frequently and change your air conditioner filter every other month at a minimum.  

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Posted by Dean30 on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 4:27 AM

I just very carefully run a yellow duster over the models, I literally let the weight of the duster clean the dust off it is quick, however it can break small antennas etc..... As I don't think I have a single model without a missing part somewhere lol.

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Posted by atcDave on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 8:52 AM

I'd add that Tamiya sells a really nice static free brush for exactly this purpose.  It has a large, very soft brush on one end; and smaller "detail" brush on the other.

I find it very useful and it sees a lot of use.  Of course, being Tamiya it's probably a bit over priced.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 9:23 AM

I use an airbrush with no paint or thinner, just the air flow.  For really stuck on dust, I gently brush area with a soft natural fiber paint brush and then immediately blow with the airbrush.  The flow from my airbrush at 15 psi is gentle enough I can even dust my planes that have a lot of rigging, WW1 subjects.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:26 AM

Don beat me to it.  I use my airbrush, too, on a very low setting, and a soft paintbrush.

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 3:26 PM

I used to use a brush that was made for dusting camera lenses. It was REALLY soft and had a squeeze bulb built into it. I still use the brush but the rubber squeeze bulb is cracked with age (like me) so I use my airbrush with low pressure at the same time.

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Posted by Zar on Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:43 PM

Thanks to all for the responses. Casing right now is not an option so I will try the methods mentioned.

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Posted by JoeSMG on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 11:30 AM

Some timeless advice here.

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Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 4:49 PM


The best cure is prevention.  Keep 'em cased.

Good recommendations here  but this one  is best, if you can.


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