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Author Topic: Tail Swapping-- Making it Clean  (Read 99 times)

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Offline Heelys

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Tail Swapping-- Making it Clean
« on: December 06, 2021, 10:35:30 PM »
Since I collect for the purpose of customizing, all G1 ponies who enter my home get their internal metal parts removed so that they can be sufficiently cleaned. This means that the tail washer comes out, and the metal clamp gets pried off and replaced with a zip-tie.
However, I can never get the zip-tie as tight as the clamp, and as a result the tail is always a little loosely held together and prone to falling apart. Am I not using small enough ties? Or is there something I'm missing? I'd like to hear what you have to say on the matter, and if you think it's worth the effort.
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Re: Tail Swapping-- Making it Clean
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2021, 10:44:24 PM »
I use two ties. One in the place of the clamp and another where the washer would be. It seems to work well enough. :)
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Re: Tail Swapping-- Making it Clean
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2021, 10:49:28 PM »
I use two ties. One in the place of the clamp and another where the washer would be. It seems to work well enough. :)

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Re: Tail Swapping-- Making it Clean
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2021, 12:13:01 AM »
I use two ties. One in the place of the clamp and another where the washer would be. It seems to work well enough. :)

I use this method for customs as well!

Also, just an fyi, the clamp doesn't seem to rust nearly as easily as the washer.  Even with ponies I cleaned that had really bad tail rust and even internal mold, the clamp would be cleanable and still nice and shiny and smooth.   Once I even had a washer that was almost totally rusted through, and the clamp was still totally fine.  Someone with more experience with tail rust could maybe comment better on this, though...
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Re: Tail Swapping-- Making it Clean
« Reply #4 on: Today at 07:26:08 AM »
Yeah, it's really rare for the clasp to rust.  I think they're made of a different type of metal.  I leave the clasp and replace the metal washer with a rubber washer.
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