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Altering Nendoroid Petit pegs with sandingAltering Nendoroid Petit pegs with sanding

elagabaluselagabalusVor 4 JahrenTutorial
I'd had a Nendoroid Petit Irisviel sitting around for about 2 years without an arm (or bird that fits in the arm) since the pegs just wouldn't stay in since they were too big. Apparently there's a hairdryer trick to fix the issue but I never even thought to check for a tutorial as I knew exactly how I planned to fix her-- sandpaper!

For those of you that are a little more daring in their fig mods, you can take very fine grit (around p200-p350. The finer the grit the more work you have to do, but you don't want to end up putting ridges on the peg or taking too much off so be careful. I used 220p grit on Iri) to the pegs. I took a tiny strip of sandpaper, folded it in half and then sanded around the peg, like this:
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Don't sand too much! Do a little bit of work and then test-fit the peg and see if it holds. If it goes in, you're done. If it still won't fit, carefully sand off a little bit more and try again. Repeat until the peg fits snugly. Then put your Puchinendo together and pray that it doesn't fall apart >w<

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Tadaa!
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elagabalus (Vor 4 Jahren) #2565755OHHH ok, thanks! I see how they intend you to use it, but it really only seems like it works if you're trying to take something apart instead of put it together, which was my issue.
I do think I might try that on my Satsuki Nendoroid though because her hair piece is really snug and I'm terrified of breaking it when I try to change her face.


The hairdryer method mostly just works on pegs that appear to be the right size but just seem to not want to fit. Especially when the PVC is cold, it shrinks, and that alone can make it very difficult to make things fit. Also, this method helps for removing parts that are stuck.

Now for figures with prominent seams or noticeable amount of excess plastic on the pegs, I will just use a nail file much like the method described in your blog post. The pegs don't look so pretty when they are filed down (because obviously micro-fine scratches), but you can't even notice that it was filed when you assemble the figure anyway. :)

PVC is very temperature sensitive and just a little bit of heat makes it much softer and easier to work with. I mostly use the hairdryer method to get Nendoroids attached to their stands. Those pegs and the holes on their backs can be quite the headache...
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hatchetsforhands (Vor 4 Jahren) #2565739Good Smile made an official post on the hairdryer trick here: www.goodsmile.i...
But basically you just use a hairdryer while keeping a finger near the part you are heating up. Once your finger starts to hurt which is about after 10 seconds you turn the hairdryer off.
I've never ever had a problem with any parts "melting" or "warping."
OHHH ok, thanks! I see how they intend you to use it, but it really only seems like it works if you're trying to take something apart instead of put it together, which was my issue.

I do think I might try that on my Satsuki Nendoroid though because her hair piece is really snug and I'm terrified of breaking it when I try to change her face.
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elagabalus (Vor 4 Jahren) #2565713I don't even know what the hairdryer trick is (although I can guess) and tbh I'd be more scared of damaging a piece with heat than I am scared of possibly sanding down too much. I also can't really figure out why people would use a hairdryer in the first place unless the problem with the peg is that it's just misshapen and not actively too big for the socket. O WELL. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Good Smile made an official post on the hairdryer trick here: www.goodsmile.i...

But basically you just use a hairdryer while keeping a finger near the part you are heating up. Once your finger starts to hurt which is about after 10 seconds you turn the hairdryer off.

I've never ever had a problem with any parts "melting" or "warping."
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Shirokage (Vor 4 Jahren) #2565712I've done something similar to my Play Arts figures' hand pegs, only I actually used nail files instead of sandpaper. Started off with a coarser metal file to get to down to the approximate size, then finished off with a fine glass file to get it to the final size and smooth it out.
On the side of the issue, if your pegs are worn down from the constant changing of poses, you can paint a very thin layer of clear nail polish on the peg to thicken it back up. You might not even need to do it around the entire peg, maybe just one side. Wait till it's completely dry before you stick the peg back into the slot though, you don't actually want to glue it in! (I've never did this to my figures because they haven't worn out yet, but I've used this trick on the snap button on my old wallet and an old pen cap. Same principle though.)
Yeah! I was actually going to go get out a sanding file but the sandpaper was more easily accessible and I wanted to get it done ASAP. The sandpaper was also probably a bit easier to use on something of this size. If it was a bigger fig I think I'd have waited and dug out the set of files.

That's a really good trick, thank you for sharing! I'll remember that if I ever run into pegs that are too small.
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hatchetsforhands (Vor 4 Jahren) #2565687I've had to sand quite a few pegs when a hairdryer just doesn't do the job. Especially on my Love is War DX Miku's hair pegs - they were (and still are) a terror.I don't even know what the hairdryer trick is (although I can guess) and tbh I'd be more scared of damaging a piece with heat than I am scared of possibly sanding down too much. I also can't really figure out why people would use a hairdryer in the first place unless the problem with the peg is that it's just misshapen and not actively too big for the socket. O WELL. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Vor 4 Jahren
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I've done something similar to my Play Arts figures' hand pegs, only I actually used nail files instead of sandpaper. Started off with a coarser metal file to get to down to the approximate size, then finished off with a fine glass file to get it to the final size and smooth it out.

On the side of the issue, if your pegs are worn down from the constant changing of poses, you can paint a very thin layer of clear nail polish on the peg to thicken it back up. You might not even need to do it around the entire peg, maybe just one side. Wait till it's completely dry before you stick the peg back into the slot though, you don't actually want to glue it in! (I've never did this to my figures because they haven't worn out yet, but I've used this trick on the snap button on my old wallet and an old pen cap. Same principle though.)
Vor 4 Jahren
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I've had to sand quite a few pegs when a hairdryer just doesn't do the job. Especially on my Love is War DX Miku's hair pegs - they were (and still are) a terror.
Vor 4 Jahren
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Kirenisa I am a collector!
I had to do this with my Kyoko Sakura Figma her peg just would not fit! so I sanded it a bit here and there until it fit. -o-;
Vor 4 Jahren