Really are magic! These are great for taking all sorts of marks and stains off of ponies, as well as for the general cleaning of surface dirt and reducing the appearance of smooze/pin dot mold. Make certain to get the original version. The ones made for bathrooms, etc., have cleaning chemicals in them that you don't want on your ponies. These are great for cleaning over symbols, eyes, blush and other painted areas. Be gentle as they will remove symbols and other paint if you rub too hard. They can also scratch the surface of the pony. And yes, they are supposed to fall apart as you use them.
When gluing broken bits back onto playsets, fixing accessories, or replacing stickers, various adhesives are available. Because of the effects chemicals may have on these items over time, such as discoloring, or brittleness, you may choose to use adhesives specifically intended for collectibles. These include model glue or museum putty, both available at most craft stores and amazon. Look for items described as "archival safe" when searching for adhesives. There are also several types of glue available designed for use with plastics
Many collectors also use Tacky Glue, Elmer's Glue, and Rubber Cement for various
This is used for cleaning, disinfecting, whitening, and killing mold and mildew. The Clorox website recommends soaking plastic, non-porous toys in a solution of 3/4 cups bleach per gallon water for 5 minutes to kill germs and mold. No directions available for its use on porous toys such as ponies though. Bleach usually doesn't affect a pony's body color, but may fade hair, painted areas, cause yellowing on so softs, or breakdown of glue. Bleach is a strong base and is corrosive and will damage PVC. When used to bleach staining caused by a fungus, the dark color usually returns when the PVC returns to it's normal pH level.
Exposure to chlorine can cause a chemical reaction that results in brown streaks in vinyl. This cannot be reversed. Non-chlorine bleach may be safer for ponies. Chlorine is also present in things like cardboard, paper products, sometimes even accessories.
To clean many surface stains as well as mold and rust inside a pony's body, simply soak it in a solution of water and OxiClean or another cleaning product such as Vanish Oxy Action. The spray on version can work well for cleaning so soft ponies. If using hot water, be careful that the pony doesn't burn or melt with contact on the bottom or sides of the pot.
Remove the ponies head so the water gets inside. This also helps prevent the head and body from becoming misshapen and allows the pony to dry more thoroughly. You'll also likely need to rinse off excess powder and wash and condition your ponies hair after you are finished.
There doesn't seem to be a set rule collectors use for the amount of powder and water to use. It's just a arbitrary "scoop" of cleaning product in a pot, bowl, or sink full of water. The amount of time to soak the pony varies by what it is you are trying to remove. If boiling, the pony can realistically only stay in the water for a few minutes. For soaking really difficult stains and molds, its not uncommon for collectors to leave their ponies in the bath for hours.
Do not boil so softs, or expose princess ponies, ponies with glittery symbols, ponies with plastic attachments, and ponies with moving or electronic parts to water. This may ruin them. The OxiClean can also take the finish off of pony eyes and the pearlized paint off off twinkle eyes and will cause chartreuse and neon hair to bleed and stain vinyl, hair, and flocking. Color changing hair will melt when exposed to heat.
In case you've ever wondered, these products are just Hydrogen Peroxide and washing soda: What percent hydrogen peroxide is Oxyclean equivalent to?
Available at Twin Pines of Maine, this product used for removing stubborn stains on ponies. Most collectors aren't using this anymore because of how badly it can discolor dyed vinyl. It will also transfer onto other ponies and cause discoloration on them as well. The reason for this is explained on the manufacturer's website:
"Most vinyl plastics are normally colored by adding metal oxide pigments to the plastic mass before it is molded. When vinyl compounds colored in this way are treated with REMOVE-ZIT to remove a stain the pigment is not affected by the treatment and the stain is removed.
Another way to color some vinyl compounds is simply to add a dye to the plastic mass before it is molded. When vinyl compounds colored in this way are treated with REMOVE-ZIT the stain is removed but in many cases so is the dye used to color the vinyl. Strictly speaking, a dye is a stain and REMOVE-ZIT is an efficient stain remover." Photo courtesy KitKatVintage.
This product is commonly used in the doll community and can work great, but don't use it on My Little Ponies.
Available in liquid and spray forms, Mod Podge can be used to seal paint. It tends to have a shinier finish than a pony's body would naturally and can dry sticky. Testors Dullcote dries with a finish that is closer to the pony's original and it isn't sticky. I usually spray a coat of mod podge before painting to help paint stick to the vinyl, then a coat over the paint, then I finish it off with testors.
This website is intended for adult collectors of My Little Pony. Research all materials before trying any of the techniques suggested. Many of them have side effects you will want to know about.
Many of the restoration techniques discussed involve chemicals, sharp objects, and heat. Several of the materials can cause chemical burns. Wear gloves when handling chemicals and work in a well ventilated area. Wear a dust mask as needed. Never work with chemicals near an open flame, several of the techniques involve flammable materials. Do not pour chemicals down the drain. Check with your municipality for the proper way to dispose of left-over chemicals.
Make sure to research the set of ponies you are working on. Various materials will respond differently to the same restoration technique and not all ponies, accessories, and playsets are the same. Metal parts may not do well in water and plastic can melt. Chartreuse and neon hair colors will bleed and cause staining when exposed to some products. If in doubt, ask for advice about your project on the MLP Restoration Tips & Tricks Facebook group or test products on an inconspicuous area before proceeding.
Different brands of essentially the same product, this is used for removing marks, de-flocking so soft ponies, and removing unwanted glue from pony bodies. Avoid painted areas as it will remove them. Solvents damage PVC, so don't leave your ponies exposed to it for extended periods and rinse it off once you're finished.
This is used for bleaching hair and various brands can be found at beauty supply stores. It helps to speed the process of sunfading when applied to stains and discoloration and is the only product known to remove cancer/age spots. It needs to be exposed to the sun, but some collectors have experimented with using UV bulbes. Paint the creme on the area you wish to fade. Either wrap the pony in saran wrap or re-apply the cream daily. Leave the pony in the sun until you've achieved your desired results. This is also available in weaker formulas. Do not paint this product over tinsel or glitter.