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  • Member since
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  • From: Wausau Wisconsin
cleaning dusty models
Posted by dwillman on Friday, February 24, 2023 7:20 AM

I am in the middle of a couple of build and was in the middle of moving etc.. my ket got some fine dust on them.. What is the best way to clean them off.. mind you I have parts glue and some painting done.. Thanks good to be back

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Posted by GlennH on Friday, February 24, 2023 3:29 PM

Try a feather duster. If you are still building them I don't see why you couldn't rinse them in water. Maybe distilled if you have water they may leave spots.

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Posted by Tcoat on Friday, February 24, 2023 3:43 PM

I blow them off with air hrough my airbrush, use a really soft brush intended for applying makeup I got from the Dollar Store and if really desperate cut a small piece off a tack rag and getly work it around.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, February 24, 2023 5:24 PM

Tamiya makes a cleaning brush.  Item 74078

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Posted by missileman2000 on Monday, February 27, 2023 8:23 AM

Tcoat

I blow them off with air hrough my airbrush, use a really soft brush intended for applying makeup I got from the Dollar Store and if really desperate cut a small piece off a tack rag and getly work it around.

 

 

Ditto

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 3:56 PM

The fluffy artist brushes should work or the same for make up. In the artists realm they're blending brushes and in the makeup world those versions are used for the same thing. In my wife and my art work the ones from Dollar Tree are about as good as anything really. This is if you need to dig in a little more than just blowing off. These brushes are very soft and fluffy even from Dollar Tree and only cost a $1.25 from there, $8-$10 on up for the artist version lol. You could even get a couple and dampen one, dry off with the other.

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Posted by John3M on Friday, April 14, 2023 1:52 PM

my hobbies include scale wood sailing ships I use small brushes dipped in ipa (alcohol) since some dust bunnies contain various oils coming off from people and cooking. not sure how it wold affect painted models probly try it later

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, April 15, 2023 8:09 AM

I bought this brush several years ago,I think at an art supply,does the job

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Posted by mfsob on Saturday, April 15, 2023 12:19 PM

Brushes are my go-to when I have to clean a model, although I usually avoid that issue by mounting every completed model in a plastic case (we have cats).

IF you choose to use canned air be extremely cautious and test it out on something else first - it may just be compressed air, but it comes out with considerable force and is more than capable of blowing various small parts of a model into the next room.

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Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, April 16, 2023 10:37 AM

mfsob

 

IF you choose to use canned air be extremely cautious and test it out on something else first - it may just be compressed air, but it comes out with considerable force and is more than capable of blowing various small parts of a model into the next room.

 

For air, I use my airbrush,  I clean it and remove the bottle.  I can regulate to the pressure I desire.

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Posted by Jammer on Sunday, April 16, 2023 3:12 PM

I use a variety of tools for getting dust off of models:

Wide soft bristle paint brush

Detailing brush with soft bristles I got at Walmart years ago

Camera lens brush (the kind you can squeeze to blow a little air through it)

Airbrush 

Almost of of my armor and cars are in cases so I don't need to brush them clean.  I use the detail brush the most for my aircraft, science fiction, and the few ships I have.  The camera lens brush is also a great tool to have.

 

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Posted by fox on Sunday, April 16, 2023 9:11 PM

I use a couple different sizes of very soft make-up brushes acquired at Dollar Store along with my airbrush. The combination works well for me.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, April 20, 2023 7:07 AM

Hi Dwillman!

     Listen, remember the perfume bottles ladies had? You know the ones with a round or oval air bag on them, with a wee hole in one side. Plug the hole and perfume would come out. Unplug and the little bag refilled with air for the next time.

     I have one that's about maybe twelve years old. I bought it from a Perfumerie. But you CAN find them in upscale perfume sections in Stores like MACY'S , Dillards and Others. They work well because the nozzle distributes the air in a cone rather than a hard stream.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, April 20, 2023 11:03 AM

I just use canned air.  Its easy enough to regulate the output by how hard you squeeze the trigger.  That has to be done frequently though.  It won't dislodge built-up dust that has mixed with other things that float in the air...that becomes pretty sticky and will then need a brush.

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