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#1 OFFLINE   Craig

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 07:58 AM

I recently picked up a grail I'd forgotten about, for a stupidly good price, the 'Naked Lady' Le Mans Porsche from UT, but it has some decal flake & the car needs a clean up (I knew this when I bought it)

I just want it to be a bit shinier etc and remove the dirt, but the decals are very fragile, so it's either leave it alone or find a way of making it look good without ruining it!

Here are a couple of the sellers pictures,

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What do you guys think ? or recommend to clean it up ?

I often use Meguires speed detailer (which I use on my car sometimes) but I don't want to ruin it!

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:09 AM

Wow, first of all CONGRATS on adding a grail!! :yahoo: ..I have no clue what to do,  but if it were me, I'd try to use lukewarm water with soap and gently apply it  to the center, but not the edges of the model (To not lift away the decals)? That's my best guess on what I would do personally Craig. :nice:  
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:52 AM

Congratulations on this (un)holy grail, Craig!! I was watching one on eBay recently too but it went for a little more than I'm comfortable paying at the moment. I wish I had actual cleaning suggestions. I would try D N'D-Land's tip too though I might try it without the soap first just to see if that would be enough to get some of the dirt off. The decals on these can be very fragile indeed. It looks pretty decent in the photos as is so I would stay away from trying anything too drastic.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 01:33 PM

Maybe try some baby wipes or something along those lines, just make sure it's a soft wipe and not too coarse and it should do the trick.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 08:16 PM

perhaps start in a small area using cotton bud that has been dipped in water? try rubbing it from the centre of the decals just so water doesnt sip into the decal's edges and dissolves any old glue underneath and causes it to lift?

This is such a rare piece almost an universal grail for most collectors lol. COngrats for snagging one at a good price :eusa_clap: :hope:

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:17 PM

Like D N'D-Land was saying clean it very gently with lukewarm water and soap. In the end it is a race car so a little bit of weathering and wear makes it just a bit more realistic.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:17 PM

Yes, luke warm soapy water on a cotton stick, but when you try anything from the mild to more abrasive, try it on the least conspicuous spot first.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 06:28 PM

Congrats on owning your grail! soapy water works, but do it with your fingers. They are the most delicate medium for the job than anything else. For hard to reach places (e.g. panel lines), you can use a paint brush with soapy water. :twocents:

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:48 AM

Amazing find Craig! :10:   I would think a gentle wipe with a cloth soaked in washing up water....then think about an agent to reconform any loose edges of the decals - mebbe Microsol?? :twocents:

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:45 AM

I avoid washing with soapy water has it is alkaline and could affect any exposed metal. Mostly clean with a paint brush from the centre to the edges like jazzy suggested. Microsol is a great idea to fix those wayward decals.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:40 AM

i have used water wipe's,,(baby wipes) but softer ,,,and always worked

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:31 PM

Cheers for the suggestions guys, and thank you for the congratulations too, despite how old it is, it's still a nice model, and I'm really happy to have scored one!

I have given it a little clean up just with cold water and a cloth, lots of dirt came off it and the cloth was starting to go Brown from the dirt, nice!
It looks a lot brighter now! I might go again on it as I'm sure there are some small areas I've not gotten to. The decals mostly aren't as bad as I thought, but some were cracked and had flaked etc, I steered clear of going near the edges of those!

I might get some Microsol, as I'd like to just seal the decals that aren't perfect etc.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:47 PM

Good to hear that it's working Craig and that gem is coming back to life!



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