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Can bite marks be melted away?
« on: May 05, 2021, 03:02:02 PM »
just wondering if perhaps a hair dryer or curling iron could be used to smooth out bite marks.

maybe not because the plastic is “set” already in its shape?

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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2021, 03:35:36 PM »
I'm not sure this would work. I'd rather use clay to fill the bite marks in.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2021, 04:42:40 PM »
I’d say it’s far too risky. If it’s hot enough to melt vinyl, that’s how you get burnt, melted ponies.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2021, 05:43:47 PM »
I've wondered about this too but I've never tried it. I think it would depend on how severe the bite is. If it's a deep gouge then I don't think it would work, but if there's just a little indentation, maybe? I would try boiling the pony first (unless it's one you can't) and play around with the area a bit, see if there's enough give in the plastic to make a difference.

edit: I have a tub of baits and a heat gun. I'll look and see if I have any ponies with bites or dents or something and test this out.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2021, 11:05:32 AM »
This is a brave question. I'd say it's unlikely to improve the appearance overall but I'm thinking of G1 plastic - maybe G3 or G4 might work better? I agree with the clay option. Polyfilla 'Flexible Gap' is marvellous stuff although I haven't tried it on ponies I would love to. I have tried a specialist super-glue called Plastizap for soft plastics and found no side-effects*so far*. I used it to repair a split in a G1. It does have a little body so I'd try that and then sand down with a nail file when fully set.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2021, 06:47:32 PM »
None of any gen's plastic feels like it would work out as wanted, unfortunately.  If you don't burn it, it would probably smudge or something. And a heatgun would work as well as sticking the pony in an oven, which is not recommended.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2021, 06:49:47 PM »
Umm... this sounds like it would make more problems then it fixes.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2021, 08:02:21 PM »
Gentle indentations will come back up if placed in a low temp oven 275-300º... for about 10 mins. At your own risk though.

I've baked G1's for customs and have had indentations reverse, especially on softer bodied ponies. Baking helped on a Honeycomb that I was restoring. Hot water also worked on other softer bodied ponies when I was cleaning. Hard plastic, you most likely will just just melt it. Acetone just makes the plastic look indented and doesn't work.

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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2021, 07:48:25 AM »
Gentle indentations will come back up if placed in a low temp oven 275-300º... for about 10 mins. At your own risk though.

I've baked G1's for customs and have had indentations reverse, especially on softer bodied ponies. Baking helped on a Honeycomb that I was restoring. Hot water also worked on other softer bodied ponies when I was cleaning. Hard plastic, you most likely will just just melt it. Acetone just makes the plastic look indented and doesn't work.

Cool, but I assume the oven method only works without the hair? I don't actually know the MP of Nylon but it would be worth knowing!
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2021, 09:54:32 AM »
Nylon can be baked without issue up to a certain temp, but I don't know it offhand. Usually when you bake a pony you do so at a very low temp, 275 or so. They do fine (gens 1-3, I've never baked a g4 so I don't know).

Sorry for the delay of my experiment, haven't been feeling well. But I still want to test it.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2021, 12:33:45 PM »
i would grab a really bad condition fakie and try it. i think i would do it outside if possible cause the fumes from that are not going to be good for you.

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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2021, 03:29:36 PM »
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2021, 04:57:19 PM »
Nylon can be baked without issue up to a certain temp, but I don't know it offhand. Usually when you bake a pony you do so at a very low temp, 275 or so. They do fine (gens 1-3, I've never baked a g4 so I don't know).

Sorry for the delay of my experiment, haven't been feeling well. But I still want to test it.
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Gentle indentations will come back up if placed in a low temp oven 275-300º... for about 10 mins. At your own risk though.

I've baked G1's for customs and have had indentations reverse, especially on softer bodied ponies. Baking helped on a Honeycomb that I was restoring. Hot water also worked on other softer bodied ponies when I was cleaning. Hard plastic, you most likely will just just melt it. Acetone just makes the plastic look indented and doesn't work.

Cool, but I assume the oven method only works without the hair? I don't actually know the MP of Nylon but it would be worth knowing!
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2021, 09:13:25 PM »
i would grab a really bad condition fakie and try it. i think i would do it outside if possible cause the fumes from that are not going to be good for you.

I think this is one case where a fakie wouldn't be useful. You can't guarantee they are made from the same materials as an actual MLP.
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Re: Can bite marks be melted away?
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2021, 09:56:47 PM »
i think i meant baity pony not fakie.. you can use a horrible g1

 

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