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C condition figure with stains..C condition figure with stains..

Sakura0055Sakura0055Vor 13 TagenAsk MFC
Hi guys!
So I ordered a C/B condition figure, ITEM #13771, for a very good price, 5300 yen. I literally gasped when I saw her on the site because I always check on Toradora figures and especially this one. It is a very rare figure to find. It is C condition and it said that it had 'stains on her dress'. I thought that I couldn't find her for a better price (I saw her for 8000-8500yen on solaris a couple times, they were second hand) and thought that maybe I can clean the figure since it doesn't have any paint scruffs or anything but now I am concerned.

Have you ever got any C condition figures that has 'stains' on them, how bad was it, were you able to clean them, were the stains big and looked horrible etc. What should I do?

I know it is a specific condition but I saw other figures on amiami that had 'stains' on them and they sold out.

Thank you for your help!

PS. I emailed amiami for my concerns and asked if they could tell me the exact place of the stains and did they look removable, they responded with :

Unfortunately, we are not able to say exactly where the stains are, since the figure is not in our office at this moment. It may not be possible to remove the stains from the figure.

yikes.

EDIT:Wow the poll results are %50 to %50 now so.. I decided to keep my order and get her. I will post an update article about the situation, I'll post pictures of the figure and hopefully do a before and after if I can manage to clean it. If you have any suggestions I am up for it! Thanks :)
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What should I do?

  • 52%Get her! You probably can clean it.
  • 48%Don't get her. It is too risky.
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1pt
Shirokage (Vor 12 Tagen) #43332911I didn't take any photos, sorry. ^_^'
But yeah, here's what I generally do:
• For pre-owned figures, I always give it a good wash with some mild antibacterial soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush reserved for figure cleaning. This will take care of any 'stains' that is actually dust, oil, etc, build-up, and gets it nice and clean.
• If there is actual staining, whether on a new or old figure, the next step is trying a white eraser. You know, the type of eraser used for rubbing away pencil marks. Pick a good brand that doesn't crumble too much. Personally, I use a Staedtler Rasoplast, but any decent eraser should do. Make sure the eraser is clean before trying!
You know sometimes when new figures have some black or grey mysterious stains? Probably some sort of residue from the manufacturing process? I've encountered this a few times, and the eraser usually does the trick. Even if it doesn't work, it probably won't hurt anything.
• If the above two steps didn't manage to clean it up, then we have to take some drastic measures. If the stain looks like it's a surface (ie. something that sits on top of the plastic), you might want to consider using a magic eraser. You would want to be gentle, because with a magic eraser you're essentially sanding it away. But if it's a penetrating stain (like a dye stain), you might want to consider using a benzoyl peroxide cream (ie. acne cream) on it. Use a toothpick to spread some cream over the stain, and let it sit. How long will depend on the severity of the stain, could range from a few hours to a few weeks.
Fortunately, I haven't encountered any stains that can survive all this, so I hope this helps~
thank you for the tips! Definitely will post an update article about the figure and the cleaning process :)
Vor 11 Tagen
4pt
Sakura0055 (Vor 12 Tagen) #43328488Oh! Do you have any before and after pics and would you tell me which methods did you use? Sorry to bother, I am just very curious ^^'
I didn't take any photos, sorry. ^_^'

But yeah, here's what I generally do:
• For pre-owned figures, I always give it a good wash with some mild antibacterial soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush reserved for figure cleaning. This will take care of any 'stains' that is actually dust, oil, etc, build-up, and gets it nice and clean.

• If there is actual staining, whether on a new or old figure, the next step is trying a white eraser. You know, the type of eraser used for rubbing away pencil marks. Pick a good brand that doesn't crumble too much. Personally, I use a Staedtler Rasoplast, but any decent eraser should do. Make sure the eraser is clean before trying!

You know sometimes when new figures have some black or grey mysterious stains? Probably some sort of residue from the manufacturing process? I've encountered this a few times, and the eraser usually does the trick. Even if it doesn't work, it probably won't hurt anything.

• If the above two steps didn't manage to clean it up, then we have to take some drastic measures. If the stain looks like it's a surface (ie. something that sits on top of the plastic), you might want to consider using a magic eraser. You would want to be gentle, because with a magic eraser you're essentially sanding it away. But if it's a penetrating stain (like a dye stain), you might want to consider using a benzoyl peroxide cream (ie. acne cream) on it. Use a toothpick to spread some cream over the stain, and let it sit. How long will depend on the severity of the stain, could range from a few hours to a few weeks.

Fortunately, I haven't encountered any stains that can survive all this, so I hope this helps~
Vor 12 Tagen
1pt
Shirokage (Vor 12 Tagen) #43328318Most of my figures are in storage right now, so I haven't gotten around to trying with this particular figure yet, sorry. ^_^'
But I've tried the aforementioned methods with several other figures, and they've worked wonders.
Oh! Do you have any before and after pics and would you tell me which methods did you use? Sorry to bother, I am just very curious ^^'
Vor 12 Tagen
1pt
Sakura0055 (Vor 12 Tagen) #43318815interesting! Were you able to clean it?
Most of my figures are in storage right now, so I haven't gotten around to trying with this particular figure yet, sorry. ^_^'

But I've tried the aforementioned methods with several other figures, and they've worked wonders.
Vor 12 Tagen
1pt
Shirokage (Vor 12 Tagen) #43303995C-grade is not always that bad. If it's a rare figure and/or deeply discounted, I think it's an acceptable risk if it's only stained. You can clean up a lot of types of stains with white erasers, soap, magic erasers and benzoyl peroxide, particularly in your case because the figure's dress is white.
On the note of C-grade figures, I had bought ITEM #28433 as a C/C. AmiAmi said there's staining on her arm, but this PAK is known to have some paint leakage from her armband, so I took the plunge. And yup, it's a small bit of paint seeping along the seamline from her armband, which probably couldn't be avoided even in a sealed figure because of her QC problems.
interesting! Were you able to clean it?
Vor 12 Tagen
2pt
C-grade is not always that bad. If it's a rare figure and/or deeply discounted, I think it's an acceptable risk if it's only stained. You can clean up a lot of types of stains with white erasers, soap, magic erasers and benzoyl peroxide, particularly in your case because the figure's dress is white.

On the note of C-grade figures, I had bought ITEM #28433 as a C/C. AmiAmi said there's staining on her arm, but this PAK is known to have some paint leakage from her armband, so I took the plunge. And yup, it's a small bit of paint seeping along the seamline from her armband, which probably couldn't be avoided even in a sealed figure because of her QC problems.
Vor 12 Tagen
2pt
I have a figure that was marked as a C for having "staining" on her stand. It's a tiny spot with a little bit of yellowing. XD
Vor 12 Tagen
1pt
solluxcaptor (Vor 12 Tagen) #43254537I'm gonna be honest with you, I remember seeing a very horrifying story about "stains" on a C-grade AmiAmi figure and them being... bodily fluids... It's on this item comments if you want to take a look items.v4.php?it...
Hopefully your case won't be this bad, but I'm always wary every since I read that story. Especially since AmiAmi don't provide pictures besides stock pictures.


Same reason I used to avoid opened figures but the prices were too good. I still won't risk anything with "stains". Nutting on figures appears to be a fetish from a quick google search and that's too disgusting for me to handle.
Vor 12 Tagen
3pt
I've only bought a C-grade figure from amiami once; I saw ITEM #42054 for a ridiculously low price, but the only comment was "stains on top of head". I'd heard horror stories about figures with stains, but I'd also heard stories of figures getting C grades for absolutely minor problems. So, I decided to take the plunge anyway.

The stain in question ended up not being too bad!
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It's not something I feel skilled enough to fix, but it also doesn't show up easily in pictures.

If you're willing to take the risk for the lower price, I'd say it's worth a shot. ^^
Vor 12 Tagen
5pt
Can't wait for an update to see the condition BTW. Really am curious. A lot of the times if they mark a figure as C it is usually either missing a small part or instructions. So a true C should be interesting.

I would do it, but only because I would rather save the money.
Vor 12 Tagen
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