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#26 OFFLINE   ferrariforever

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 04:29 PM

View PostGuiddy, on 22 January 2018 - 02:48 PM, said:

I see your reasoning guys but I don't get the bumper damage, especially as it is on the same corner as the paint rash. Do you think this could be splash from a contaminant or something?

To shine some light on the paint rash issue I had a 1/12 Kyosho F40 that developed rash in front of my eyes over about 5 years of ownership. I never put it back in the styrofoam but it did live in a glass cabinet (IKEA Detolf) which was in sunlight during the summer. Humidity could well have been an issue there.

My thoughts on your California are as follows:
The paint rash could be polished out, but let an experienced modeller do it.
The bumper could be smoothed down and then covered with a layer of Bare Metal Foil and polished up. That would leave it looking great!

You still have a great model that you paid a fair price for. Enjoy it!

Thanks mate for the valuable suggestions. For now I will take my mind a few days off from this particular model, then think about it again. If I need any help for the polishing, I'll definitely let you know. Thanks again.
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#27 OFFLINE   Karlis

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 08:58 AM

You got the model for a very good price even considering the damage. The paint can most likely be polished out easily. Here is how I polish my models:

Materials:
Tamiya polishing compound - Coarse , Fine, Finish
Micromesh cloths grit 6000, 8000, 12000
Several soft cloths - one for every compound and a few more for cleaning and washing the model through various steps.

0) Wrap the rest of model in soft paper to keep it clean, leave only affected area open. Optional step that helps to keep things clean.
1) Wet sand the affected area with 6000 cloth very gently and just a little bit. Then wash the area clean. It will have lost the shine, but hopefully rash bubbles will be flatter. Do not try to sand them off completely in the first go, just flatten them a bit, slow and carefully.
2) Wet sand the affected area with 8000 cloth very gently and just a little bit. Then wash the area clean. The shine returns a bit and bubbles flatten out more.
3) Wet sand the affected area with 12000 cloth very gently and just a little bit. Then wash the area clean. The shine returns more.
4) Polish with Tamiya Coarse compound. After that wash the area clean.
5) Polish with Tamiya Fine compound. After that wash the area clean. Here most of the shine returns.
6) Polish with Tamiya Finish compound. After that wash the area clean. Here the shine returns mostly although if you want it to be like from factory you will either use machine or rub it a lot of times. Finish compound is pretty safe, you can rub it almost as many times as you wish.

Precautions:

Use different cloth for each Tamiya compound.
Change your water after each iteration.
Do not let polishing cloths touch each other.
Either hold model firmly and safely or let it rest on its side or belly on a soft cloth. You do not want it to sit on its suspension while wiggling around.
Watch the mirrors and similar details.

Hint:

Get a cheap old model with mild or medium strong paint rash for training purposes first. This is what I did to learn the process.

Here is a great article about this:

http://www.diecastxc...diecast-models/

Of course if you have a nearby model repair shop or specialist, then it is the best solution, but the polishing is really really very simple and safe if done slowly and with care. (Note I did not say it is fast)

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 12:52 PM

On the most valuable items that I have still in packaging foam I use silica gel bags from various sources to trap any moisture.
Ireland is a damp place, but mostly too temperate for moisture to damage things, nevertheless it pays to be cautious.

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 01:27 PM

Thanks guys a lot for the great advices!

I also hope that the following take home message is clear: be careful with those sharp plastic pieces in the foam when you take out the model from its box.
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#30 OFFLINE   Guiddy

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 04:37 AM

I rarely place mine in and out of the boxes. Usually once they are home they are out the box and in my display cabinet where I move them and check them regularly!

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 12:44 AM

View Postferrariforever, on 22 January 2018 - 12:20 AM, said:

Hi guys,

After seeing some amazing pictures of the CMC California by the fellow DXer's I decided to pull the trigger and got this model locally.
I went to the seller's house and he seemed to be a careful collector and said to me that his model is really perfect, the seller told me that he particularly checked whether all four wheels were perpendicular to the ground before getting this California. I was quite impressed by his caution and maybe put to much trust in his words, so I only briefly checked the model in bad lighting and gave him the money.

Can you tell me the name of the store that sells this CMC California Spyder? I am looking to buy the red one myself.
Thank you. Sorry I have to post it here since I can't pm yet due to the many regulation of this forum.

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 03:37 AM

View PostCMCnewbie, on 26 February 2018 - 12:44 AM, said:

View Postferrariforever, on 22 January 2018 - 12:20 AM, said:

Hi guys,

After seeing some amazing pictures of the CMC California by the fellow DXer's I decided to pull the trigger and got this model locally.
I went to the seller's house and he seemed to be a careful collector and said to me that his model is really perfect, the seller told me that he particularly checked whether all four wheels were perpendicular to the ground before getting this California. I was quite impressed by his caution and maybe put to much trust in his words, so I only briefly checked the model in bad lighting and gave him the money.

Can you tell me the name of the store that sells this CMC California Spyder? I am looking to buy the red one myself.
Thank you. Sorry I have to post it here since I can't pm yet due to the many regulation of this forum.

You won't find one in a store! They are long sold out so it's watching eBay for a price you want to pay my friend!

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 05:38 AM

for minor scratches i dont use compound at all and instead I use CAR-LACK 68: NEU ULTRA SYSTEM - PFLEGE MIT UV-SCHUTZ. Made in Germany.

Edited by CMCnewbie, 26 February 2018 - 05:45 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:19 PM

I know I'm late to the discussion, but you may consider using a form of gentle solvent for the residue on the bumper. Soak a clean cloth in vinegar and lay across the residue. After letting is soak for a few minutes, the residue could be soft enough that it can be wiped away with a different soft, clean cloth. Another method I've seen used to clean off residue is lighter fluid (the stuff used to fill cigarette lighters). I was, at first, considering recommending a commercial cleaner to soften the residue, like Goo Gone or Goof Off in the US. However, as I know these can break down and cloud clear plastic, I'm not sure how well they would do on a chromed plastic bumper.  I know that the vinegar and the lighter fluid, if used sparingly, will not harm either the body paint or the bumper. Good luck!




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