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Cleaning Star Wars Toys
by Jason Luttrull
Ueber-Star Wars Collector, and host of the "Galaxy Of Toys" Star Wars Collecting podcast, Jason Luttrull has taken his time to restore his vintage Slave I vehicle from 1980.
In this photo series and step-by-step instructions, he shares his progress and results with us.
All the supplies Jason used can easily be obtained, and most of them you very likely have at home already. The list of supplies is below.
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like to use to clean your toys!
- 30 volume clear developer/peroxide Formula
- Glass casserole dish
- Plastic Wrap
- Replacement Labels
- Star Wars Vintage Slave I from 1980
- Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer
Let's Get Started!
Here's what I'm starting with. A heavily used and worn vintage Kenner Slave 1 given to me by a friend.
Take it apart. This will make cleaning it much easier, because you can focus on individual pieces.
Remove the labels.
After hand-washing the Slave I there is still a LOT of yellowing on the vehicle. This is what it looked like:
30 volume clear developer/peroxide formula purchased at Sally's Beauty Supply Store.
Pour solution into glass casserole dish. Place yellowed part inside.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Let sit outside in the sun for 24 hours. Move parts around every 5-10 hours to make sure all parts get equal amount of time in the solution.
After taking it out and drying it, it was completely de-yellowed!
Here's the cockpit canopy. Scuffed, scratched and cloudy.
Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer purchased at K-Mart for under $9.00.
Apply the clarifying compound as directed.
Use the pads as directed on the packaging. The Turtle Wax brand came with 4 different pads to use in succession.
After buffering up I used the lens sealing wipe included with the Turtle Wax set.
This thing is starting to look good!
Purchased replacement stickers off ebay.
Bought a replacement Han in carbonite off ebay.
A restored classic fit for the best bounty hunter in the Galaxy.
DISCLAIMER: If you try this at home, we don't take any responsibility for your item.
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