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Lady Twilight's website has excellent close up images of tons of accessories. You can use these when trying to replicate various accessories, for color matches, and to see what the stickers on them look like. My Little Wiki is also a good place to find pictures of accessories as they have a lot of MIB photos.
Need an accessory and don't want to/can't buy a replacement? If you can borrow one from someone else, you can try making your own using a casting kit. You can also sculpt them yourself using products such as Sculpey or Apoxie Sculpt.
RedKitsune at the MLP Arena and MLPTP makes and sells gorgeous reproduction princess wands! Hatsetsut at the MLP Arena makes and sells reproduction Sweetheart Sister flower earrings,Big Brother hats and bandanas! Shadow On The Moon on Etsy sells nice replacement Baby & Big Brother bandanas. Also on Etsy, StarLightStudioStuff sells practically perfect reproduction sea pony shells and 2nd set princess crowns.
"- Get a clear glass jar with a seal tight lid (I use an mayonnaise jar like this one with the label removed)
- Buy a Jar of Hydrogen Peroxide with at least 6% w/v from a Pharmacy or Super Market (Pharmacy is more reliable)
- Fill the glass container with the appropriate volume of Hydgrogen Peroxide depending on the size of the yellowed piece.
- Once the piece is submerged, expose the jar to sunlight for a few days (oh the irony! ) until the plastic color is 'corrected' to your satisfaction. During this process you will see thousands of small bubbles covering the surface of the plastic - This is the Hydrogen Peroxide at work.
Advice: Try not to have too many pieces of plastic in one jar. The crowding of pieces slows the process as they shield each other from sunlight.
Note 1: Some plastics are more successful at regaining their color than others but something that seems consistent from my experience is that there is always a considerable improvement. It seems that different plastic types regain their colors at different rates - The level of yellowing is also a factor in the length of the submerged time period.
Warning: Hydrogen Peroxide is corrosive to metal. However from what's available in retail, the level of concentration is so low that it seems negligible. I have not seen any corrosion in metal rods and pins joining plastic parts even after being submerged for a couple of weeks.
Warning 2: Although most painted parts will not be affected by the Hydrogen Peroxide, there is documentation that some do. Toys with painted detailing which fades with exposure to the Hydrogen Peroxide includes: AM Megatron (Purple).
VERY IMPORTANT WARNING: Hydrogen Peroxide is also toxic so try to avoid exposing your skin to it. Try to use gloves and if it goes on your skin, wash the affected area immediately.
Note 2: I have used this process in at least half a dozen toys without any ill effects to the plastic even after more than a couple of weeks submerged. It's been about a year's time since my first attempt and the plastic of the toy in question is still fine. However regardless of success, the plastic is still vulnerable to yellowing again if exposed to UV rays because that's the nature of the plastic.
Disclaimer: Although I have been successful with several toys using this procedure and I have not observed any ill effects on the plastic - there is no guarantee that it will work for you and there is always the possibility that some plastics may not react well to the Hydrogen Peroxide so proceed at your own risk."
Emery at the MLP Arena shows the process of whitening a baby buggy by smearing it with hair cream containing hydrogen peroxide and letting it sit. These images show the progression over an eight day time period. More information is available in the playsets - yellowing section.
Super glue or model glue will hold little pieces that have broken off your playsets in place. You can sculpt missing parts with Apoxie Sculpt. Do not use Sculpey as it needs to be baked, and many plastics, particularly the one's used to make MLP playsets, don't do well in the oven.
Until recently, Hasbro had instruction manuals available online for nearly everything they've ever made, including G1. These might be useful for making replacement parts and figuring out what stickers go where. I can't find these now. Hopefully they're still available with a bit of searching: Hasbro Customer Service Thanks Cezsaria Cezsaria for sending me the link!
Here's some information on Dream Castle restoration: Dava's Dream Castle Repair Kit and Restoring a Dream Castle. And this thread: Dream Castle "fixer-upper". These techniques should work on any playset.
E-mail me at MLPpreservation @ gmail.com if you have scans of stickers you would like to donate!
Unless otherwise noted, sticker scans are courtesy The Playset Sticker Palace.
You can find a template at littleponyheaven for making replacement Dream Castle
capes, banners, baby diapers, and baby brother bandannas
You can make the pals from the Baby Pony Wear with Pocket Pals line using craft
supplies like pom poms, googley eyes, and felt.
ValeofSpring created a really gorgeous (and colorful!) tutorial for identifying original
G1 ribbons with leads on possible replacement ribbons: Let's Talk G1 Original Ribbons!
Photo courtesy ValeofSpring.
Yellowed accessories, both white and colored, can be brightened using hydrogen peroxide. This tutorial is courtesy Gizmo at the MLP Arena, with the images and information originally coming from: Transformers Fan Art, Kitbashes & Customs and The Transformers.net. She recommends the use of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide, but I've also gotten good results using 3% which seems to be easier to find in stores.
Acrylic craft paint works well for painting many accessories. Some restorers choose to use higher quality paints, but these will be more expensive. You can seal them with Mod Podge which comes in different sheens, or a glaze for a shinier effect, or Testors Dullcote if you'd like a flat finish. Craft glazes come in a variety of sheens so you should be able to find one that comes close to the original look of the accessory you're repairing.
Photos courtesy Vampasaurus.
Photos courtesy Breyer600.
Perfume Puff Palace
courtesy Cezsaria Cezsaria
courtesy Cezsaria Cezsaria
Satin Slipper Sweet Shoppe
If you'd like to make replacement stickers for your ponies or pony wear, the Sticker Gallery is the place to find scans!
Need to remove stickers from a playset? Try applying heat with a hair dryer, or lighter fluid (not together!). To remove stickers using lighter fluid:
"You need to get the lighter fluid in behind the sticker. I find using a needle to make a teeny tiny hole vertically in the top of the sticker [basically between the sticker and the playset] then drip in some lighter fluid. You can also add a few drops around the edges. Gently massage the sticker in order to make sure the lighter fluid gets everywhere behind the sticker. Then sit back and wait until the fluid evaporates. With the edge of a credit card or something you should then be able to peel the sticker away as the fluid destroys the glue." Courtesy Hathorcat.
Stickers can be replaced using Rubber Cement, Elmer's Glue, gluesticks, or acid free double sided tape.
Some safety tips about this stuff from Jemofirongate, who used to be an assistant hair dresser:
" . . . wear gloves and have good ventilation - it releases oxygen as it works, so no naked flames! Also, make sure the bottle is done up tight when your'e not using it as if its left open the peroxide de pressurises and it basically turns into water (don't try drinking it though! lol) "
And precautions courtesy Hathorcat:
" . . . sometimes the cream can make the plastic brittle so you may wish to be careful with it when the treatment is complete. As mentioned, test it on an under side of plastic before you go ahead. Make sure to give yourself a week or two after the test before you proceed. H202 cream can be slow acting and sometimes you wont see discolouration by the cream until a significant period afterwards. So give the cream time to react on the hidden part you are testing and if there is no change in colour, I would be comfortable to move on and bleach the yellow areas."
If you'd like to try mixing your own gel: Retr0Bright Gel.
And some more info for the geeks amongst us: Why Your Old Super Nintendo Looks Super Yellow.
Painting playsets is becoming more popular with often beautiful results. I use crafter's acrylics and seal with mod podge spray and then a coat of testors. It usually takes multiple coats of paint, but the finish ends up quite nice.
For minor repairs to accessories there are many options for glues. You can also sculpt small bits that have broken off using Sculpey or Apoxie Sculpt. Apoxie Sculpt is likely the best choice in this scenario since Sculpey has to be baked to harden and some types of plastic don't do well in the oven.
To remove stains and marks from packaging, try using an art gum eraser. A document cleaning pad or Absorene may also work. Coated cardboard can be gently wiped with a moist cloth and Dawn or very gently rubbed with a magic eraser.
I've had mixed results with my own playsets. See: Yellowed Playsets - Salon Care 50 Volume Creme
The same products that whiten and brighten plastic accessories will work on playsets. You just have to be a little more creative about applying them, since playsets won't fit in a jar. Painting on a bleaching hair cream with a brush seems to have some promise. Be careful not to get these products on stickers or fabric, as the peroxide might harm them. Update: Breyer 600 reports that her playsets (pictured below) yellowed again after approximately a year. Please email me with more success stories or issues found with this whitening method. I'm not ready to rule it out, but am not sure it will be as great a solution as I had hoped.