But first, let’s discuss about how are these sticky fluid develop? What causes it?
The reason why figures become sticky is because of the plasticizer used when making them. This plasticizer is added to the PVC (the main material used in figures) in order to make it softer – the more mixed in with the PVC, the softer and more flexible it becomes. However, over a long period of time this plasticizer vaporizes, and when this happens while a figure is sealed up in it’s box the vaporized plasticizer has nowhere to go, and thus sticks onto the surface of the figure creating a sticky layer.
How to Prevent the Stickiness:
・ Don’t leave figures in the sun for long periods of time. (This causes the plasticizer to vaporize faster)
・ Don’t leave figures in sealed boxes for too long. (This includes leaving them in the blister packs!) Source: Mikatan’s blog, goodsmileinfo
So let’s proceed how to remove the stickiness, stains and cleaning it at the same time…
Dismantle all nendoroid parts and put them together in a container or in a tub so we can wash them thoroughly…
Let’s pour enough tap water after we gather the parts in a container…
Now, this is the very important part, use a dish washing liquid (don’t worry, it’s safe!) and mix it with the water… Soak the parts depending on the stickiness or stains, We suggest 30 minutes to an hour if your pvc figures are very sticky or dirty, but in this case we’ll be skipping that part so we will now proceed to the next procedure…
Rub every parts of your figure specially the faceplates gently or you can use soft sponge to do this so the stains and stickiness will come off easily. Don’t worry this procedure is safe, the paint job and matte finish will never come off if you followed our procedures.
Finally we just need to rinse them after gently rubbing the parts, drain the water mixed with dish washing liquid first and pour enough water again to completely rinse the parts. Make sure to rinse them well!
Last but not the least, gather the parts on a soft towel to dry them and you can use a hair blower to quickly dry the figures, but avoid setting it in a high temperature so you wouldn’t damage the parts.
You can use these procedures to any kind of PVC figures so Good luck!!
Comment below if you have your own method of cleaning and washing your figures, we also want to know!