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Question on tacky paint

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by meepmuppaphones, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    How do you get rid of tacky paint? Plus, is it so tacky it'll rub off?:concern:
  2. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Sad to report, I have yet to find a cure for this problem. It's a chemical glitch with those figures during the manufacturing. The plastic and the paint react in a weird way.

    Don't wash the figure or the paint may come right off. Happened to me on a white-shirt Lips for which I had paid a LOT of money. I then tried two kinds of sealant and it just made it worse.

    Best advice, all the figures with tacky paint should be put in a glassed-in display shelf so they don't get a lot of dust, and should be handled as little as possible.

  3. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Or leave them in the package, but unless you already know which ones tend to stay tacky, you don't know until after they're opened. Sort of a Catch-22.

  4. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    Well is it so tacky it'll come off if I even touch it? (Besides Lips)
  5. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    You'll be leaving smeared fingerprints in it.

  6. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    Are the marks very noticable? And do they go away after awhile?
  7. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Yes to the first question. No to the second.

  8. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    NNNNNOOOOOO!!!!! Well does tacky paint dry? I have a Regular Sam and he's not tacky at all.
  9. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Think about how old these figures are. If the paint is still tacky so many years later, it's not GOING to dry. It's a chemical problem, a glitch in the manufacturing process. Somewhere I have an email from Ken Lilly that explains what happened, I don't remember all of the technical terms. Browse around here, there are probably already a couple of threads devoted to the problem that go into the causes in more detail.

    It depends on what figures, from what series. The wave with Lips is one of the worst. I also had a problem with the shoes on Dr. Phil Van Neuter. Sometimes it's a mild case of tackiness, so you may not have quite the degree of problems I've been describing on Lips.

    Another tip for the most severe cases would be to keep them in climate control. Always make sure the temperature and humidity are constant, and try to keep them protected from dust accumulation. Maybe a glass case with doors, or a simple glass dome to go over individual figures. I've seen those at Hobby Lobby in the dollhouse section.

  10. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    It's been a while since I've gotten any new figures (I pretty much have them all), but I think I remember some that I had (mostly the Series 9 I believe) had a little bit of a tacky paint issue. These were nothing super major, just minor, after letting them sit out for a few days, the problem seemed to be solved. That's what I remember at least. I know none are like that now.
  11. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    Okay, Dearth, thanks for the tips.:)
  12. muppfozz

    muppfozz Well-Known Member

    you solved my disappointment with one on my figures. I think it is Rowlf in his tux that is soooooo sticky and also Janice, ho poor Janice. she arm keeps falling off. :grouchy:
  13. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    Oh wait oh wait my Sam DOES have a minor stitckiness on his neck feathers... But it's not that much. Do some figures have more stitckiness than others? Like, more easy to make marks on? Sorry if I'm being bothersome...
  14. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    My Dr. Phil Van Neuter's shoes were very sticky, too! Hmm... :fishy:
  15. muppfozz

    muppfozz Well-Known Member

    Most of my figures are just fine but Rowlf's is so sticky that when I touch it with a rag it will stick to poor Rowlf. Also most of the figures sure do stink. The Sweetums I have really stinks. I even put him outside on a table to see if that would help but No . He STILL stinks....All that plastic/ rubber junk.......Stinky
  16. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Well-Known Member

    Guys, I lucked out on my new Marvin Suggs! He's not very sticky at all! What was sticky were the Muppaphones and the mallets. Ugh.:ouch:

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