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Restoring warped promo bodies

RELATED TOPICS: PLASTIC
Q: Is it possible to restore old, warped promo bodies? I'd be grateful for any information you may have on this.

- Dan Freeborn
via E-mail

Ken: Good question, Dan. Many older promos made of different types of plastic did not age gracefully, and the results are badly warped bodies. Some new promos (and standard kit bodies, for that matter) also suffer from the same malady.

Depending on the extent of the problem, some warped bodies can be straightened by heating the plastic and using your fingers to gently coax it into its original position. When the body cools, it will generally retain its new shape.

The two most popular heating methods involve water and/or air. Warm the body in hot water, but don't start with water that is too hot; gradually increase the temperature so you can see how your repair job is progressing. As a rule of thumb, if the water is too hot for your hand, it's too hot for the plastic. If possible, practice on a similar piece of plastic (which may be difficult with an old promo).

Hot air can also produce enough energy to straighten a body. Using a hair dryer or commercial heat gun, carefully warm up the affected piece and shape it as you would if using water.

Do not heat the body by placing it in a microwave or conventional oven.





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