What do you use to clean your props/helmets?

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Darth Kahnt, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    Just thought I'd start a thread where people can let others know what they use to clean their props, helmets and other collectibles.

    I am starting this thread because I am looking for suggestions myself. I dont want to use something that will damage any of my belongings but this thread will also help others who are new to the hobby.

    Let the posts begin. :)
     
  2. SithLord

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    I'll use the softest dustcloth I can find and spray it with just a faint bit of water, then I wave the cloth around a bit to let the water evaporate a bit and then go lightly over the prop....no cleaners or anything like that...even use organic detergent to clean the cloths and rinse a lot so there's no chemical residue.

    :cheers,

    Thomas
     
  3. GundamZeppelin

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    Believe it or not guitar polish isnt bad. if it's good enough for a gibson, good enough for vader. :p
     
  4. Darth Kahnt

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    :lol
     
  5. Darth Kahnt

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    Good suggestion Thomas. I actually bought a cheesecloth last night for my props.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  6. Lord Abaddon

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    I have found that a Swiffer is great for getting dust out of cracks and between fragile parts, and now I've learned that a baby wash cloth is probably the softest cloth you can use and never seems to streak either.
     
  7. Darth Kahnt

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    That's great. I have a new baby and an 18 month old so there are lots of washcloths going around my place. :p
     
  8. dirtydave

    dirtydave Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i use a baby cloth diaper(unused) :lol to polish my guitar.i was told it was one of the softess cloth to use.don't know how well it would work on props ?
     
  9. Darth Kahnt

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    Great suggestions.

    I am wondering what people use to get some grime or dirt of the props. For example, my FX saber gets dirty when I troop, simply from other people holding it and looking at it. What are some good ways to get rid of this grime and dirt without damaging the prop?
     
  10. KevVader

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    ...for anything metallic with a chrome/polished finish...get a tube of Autosol from a Auto Parts store. German metal polish...the best. Comes in a toothpaste type tube....I've used it to polish stainless steel exhaust tips on my cars and it gets rid of grime, oxidation and even mild pitting....

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  11. Darth Detroit

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    It really depends what prop it its and what youwant to get off the mask. Simple dust, a Swifter like LA said, Dust inthe cracks, a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip to get the hard to reach crevices. Sabers, well, anything that wont promote corrosion. Soft cotton cloth gets the smudges off.
     

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