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Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby sclarke03 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:19 pm

I recently discovered that the white jacket of my El Diablo Freddy wobbler has become noticeably more yellow since I obtained it a couple of years ago. Just wondering if anyone else has run into the same or similar problem, and if there are any possible solutions for restoring it to it's former color? I haven't removed this from the box yet, I wanted to see if anyone else has dealt with this before trying things out.

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Alleycat » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:04 pm

Mine's the same way, Steve. But I display out of box behind glass doors. It's also slightly sticky (typical of some wobblers). Perhaps it wasn't pure white to begin with. I have 2 white 2008 Tux Freddys and a 2012 B&W and they are all bright white and not sticky.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby funkystark » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:05 pm

Maybe it's his smoking jacket?
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MyLittleFunkos » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:13 pm

Alleycat wrote:Mine's the same way, Steve. But I display out of box behind glass doors. It's also slightly sticky (typical of some wobblers). Perhaps it wasn't pure white to begin with. I have 2 white 2008 Tux Freddys and a 2012 B&W and they are all bright white and not sticky.


I have an off-white proto that is pretty yellow now and also sticky. I thought it was weird when I found my first sticky wobbler. I literally ripped it off its base trying to pull it out of the box. I tried leaving it outside, near the heater, near the A/C...nothing! It was still extremely sticky :evil:
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Squird » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:01 pm

You can wash the sticky off. It's the goop they use to make the PVC flexible and it leaches out of the plastic. Use Dawn liquid soap and magic eraser to remove it. Test that you don't take the paint off when you do.

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby unoudid » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:03 pm

Squird wrote:You can wash the sticky off. It's the goop they use to make the PVC flexible and it leaches out of the plastic. Use Dawn liquid soap and magic eraser to remove it. Test that you don't take the paint off when you do.

I cleaned up a Shadow Monkey Assassin and Pop set that way.


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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby dustman94 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:18 pm

THE OLDER PLASTIC HAS ALOT MORE OIL IN THEM BACK THEN SAME FOR THE PAINT. BECAUSE OF IMPORT TO THE US THEY HAD TO CHANGE ALL PAINTS AND PVC MIXTURES

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Geescube » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:28 pm

Squird wrote:You can wash the sticky off. It's the goop they use to make the PVC flexible and it leaches out of the plastic. Use Dawn liquid soap and magic eraser to remove it. Test that you don't take the paint off when you do.

I cleaned up a Shadow Monkey Assassin and Pop set that way.


Thanks for this detailed info. :pooh: Haven't noticed this on my Funko products, but I did have this exact problem on one of my KR 8" Dunny. The stickiness caught me off guard. I shall try your suggestions :D.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Alleycat » Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:51 pm

First try the Dawn dishwash detergent. Then, if needed and If unpainted, for sticky (and yellowed) protos I put a drop of Softscrub with bleach (one product) on a wet sponge. Scrub gently. Leave on for a few minutes. I also use an old toothbrush to get into nooks an crannies. Use Magic eraser as needed.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby sclarke03 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:22 pm

As usual, thanks everyone for the quick responses!

Alleycat wrote:Mine's the same way, Steve. But I display out of box behind glass doors. It's also slightly sticky (typical of some wobblers). Perhaps it wasn't pure white to begin with. I have 2 white 2008 Tux Freddys and a 2012 B&W and they are all bright white and not sticky.


It's possible that it was already starting to yellow when I got it, but didn't appear to be as noticeable in a 2011-2012 photo that I compared it to. My tux Freddy doesn't seem to have the same problem, either.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MyLittleFunkos » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:24 pm

Hmmm...I guess the worse thing that can happen is my off-white proto turns white? :-D I'm going to try it tonight!
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MyLittleFunkos » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:44 pm

Man, that Dawn+magic eraser worked like a charm!

He looks and feels so good now:
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby kevinbuddha » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:10 pm

What everyone else said about the soap and magic eraser. I have many, many all white protos that I have to clean on a yearly basis to remove the sticky yellow crap. I call it Proto goo.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Alleycat » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:24 am

MyLittleFunkos wrote:Man, that Dawn+magic eraser worked like a charm!

He looks and feels so good now:
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Thanks, Craig!!!


You now owe me!!!! That squeaky clean proto would look great in my collection. :-k :D

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby 0xTurtle » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:27 am

I have a spastik or 2 that are in need of a good cleaning =D> thanks!
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MyLittleFunkos » Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:00 am

Alleycat wrote:
MyLittleFunkos wrote:Man, that Dawn+magic eraser worked like a charm!

He looks and feels so good now:
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You now owe me!!!! That squeaky clean proto would look great in my collection. :-k :D

Never got him :(



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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Alleycat » Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:42 pm

No, you don't, Abe. Just messing with you ;-)
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MyLittleFunkos » Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:24 pm

Alleycat wrote:No, you don't, Abe. Just messing with you ;-)


Okay, only cuz you insist! :D
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Cornhusker » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:43 am

kevinbuddha wrote:What everyone else said about the soap and magic eraser. I have many, many all white protos that I have to clean on a yearly basis to remove the sticky yellow crap. I call it Proto goo.

My Yetch has Proto Goo!
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby kevinbuddha » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:10 pm

Cornhusker wrote:
kevinbuddha wrote:What everyone else said about the soap and magic eraser. I have many, many all white protos that I have to clean on a yearly basis to remove the sticky yellow crap. I call it Proto goo.

My Yetch has Proto Goo!
Thanks for the prescription.
Hope that does the trick.


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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby jenjen » Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:30 pm

Ouch that's sad. I keep all of mine out of any bright areas.

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MorbidGee » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:02 pm

I have Funkovision white Protos, do you think this will work for them also Craig?? They are yellowing hardcore
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby sclarke03 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:42 pm

I tried soap and magic eraser.... the yellow is still there, but it did get rid of the stickiness.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby MasterSplyntr » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:54 pm

Unfortunately this is quite common with mostly all toy collectibles that are plastic. I used to collect 70's/80's action figures in their original blisters and yellowing of white area's on figures was quite common and annoying! The Remco Karate kid line is a good example. All white Daniel Lerusso would quite commonly turn yellow. Not much that can be done when they "turn".
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby kevinbuddha » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:33 pm

Try some bleach?
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby funkosundae » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:35 pm

I wonder if it changed color due to it being displayed with direct or indirect sunlight hitting it.

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Lakers » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:56 pm

I think it maybe the kind of paint they use, since is only happening to one figure and not to every white one.

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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby NCDS » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:07 pm

sclarke03 wrote:I tried soap and magic eraser.... the yellow is still there, but it did get rid of the stickiness.



My guess is it's a change in the chemical compound of the plastic and you won't be able to go back.
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Re: Problem with yellowing white paint?

Postby Jtpeter65 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:08 pm

I haven't noticed this on any of mine yet.


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