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Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« on: May 28, 2019, 04:48:18 PM »
I'm just wondering. My friend is giving me Cute Curtsey, but she has a yellow mark on her. I don't know what it is. I'm planning to use a mr. clean sponge with soap, but if that doesn't work, i thought i could try bleach ? if it is safe, how do i do it ? thanks a lot!
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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2019, 04:55:05 PM »
I wouldn't use bleach-

If magic eraser doesn't work-  or a dab of acetone doesn't work- try sun fading.  Bleach could yellow the vinyl.

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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2019, 05:26:02 PM »
I wouldn't use bleach-

If magic eraser doesn't work-  or a dab of acetone doesn't work- try sun fading.  Bleach could yellow the vinyl.

What's acetone ? :0
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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2019, 10:15:13 PM »
I wouldn't use bleach-

If magic eraser doesn't work-  or a dab of acetone doesn't work- try sun fading.  Bleach could yellow the vinyl.

What's acetone ? :0

Fingernail polish remover! Just make sure you don't get the kind that says non-acetone. :P

This can also remove the factory paint on ponies though, so be careful!
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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 12:22:35 PM »
Try not to use chemicals on ponies if you can help it. Sunfade instead. Also some white g3s get yellow/white spots, it's called regrind and its normal for how they were made. You may want to live with the small spot rather than risk permanent damage.
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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2019, 12:53:27 PM »
Or if it really bothers you, you can always try to match white paint to paint over it.
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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2019, 12:55:50 PM »
Agreed with sun fading, always worth a try! Might take a while though as you are in Canada and the sun isn't always the strongest. It may take a few months tbh.

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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2019, 03:03:29 PM »
I haven't done much sun fading, ever, as I am very wary of the method on G1 ponies and that's what I mostly have, but it might be relateable evidence...

I got a G3 Bow Tie in very abused shape last spring at a carboot sale here. I felt sorry for her so brought her home. I had large windows at my old place in North London so I had her set up there in the window during the day and checked on her, wrapping her hair and stuff so she didn't fade her colours.

She was very ink marked but the marks did fade considerably without yellowing the pony just over that short time.

My advice would be never use ANY chemicals on ponies, period. We don't know the long term impact on chemicals on the plastic which, as it ages, becomes less stable anyway. It took a long time to out the damage of acne cream and some people still dno't know and still recommend it as a mark remover. G3 may be newer than G1 but as we've seen with certain sets, it doesn't mean they're more robust or even as robust as G1 (such as the Divine Shines and certain sets with rotting/breaking hair).

So always. ALWAYS. err on the side of caution and try other methods first.

It's not worth ruining the pony to remove a mark that honestly isn't that offensive in the first place.
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Re: Is it safe to use bleach on a white pony?
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2019, 11:25:49 AM »
Exactly what Taffeta said!  I think collectors can tend to jump towards the newest thing when cleaning rather than starting with the basics of soap and water, and maybe magic eraser (things which are relatively safe to use on a vintage toy). Adding chemicals to a pony may improve their appearance in the short term, but we don’t know the long term effects.

Also, I’ve had G1s in my collection with pen marks, etc. where, over time, the marks have just faded ON THEIR OWN. No sun fading. No chemical treatment. Just time. Patience can be a virtue.

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