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Dust on models

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  • Member since
    January 2018
  • From: Gastonia, NC
Dust on models
Posted by DRay1656 on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5:46 PM

Can someone advise me of a way to get dust off of models? I am in the process of putting all my models that are not already in cases in new cases. I have about a dozen cars that have been sitting on my shelves for the past several years and are dusty. I don't know what to do other than taking them apart and repainting them before I put them in the new cases. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:37 PM

I use a large soft bristle brush to dust the model with and then I use a soft cloth like an old t-shirt or an old rag to clean the paint and maybe some Novus 2 or Meguiars Scratch-X 2.0 for the more stubborn dirt.  

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  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:34 AM

Mike has great advice. I look in art supply shops or even the make-up section of the drug store for large, soft brushes. Tamiya wax can freshen up a tired finish, too.

There are small, hand held vacuum devices for hobby use. I remember one used to be advertised in the back of SAE for years. A little googling might turn something up. There is also this attachment from Micro Mark

If the dust is stubborn, and depending on how complex your models are, don't be afraid to use some water, and even a mild soap solution. I would try to keep soapy water off of the chrome, but paint, glue and plastic will tolerate it well.

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  • Member since
    December 2004
  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Thursday, February 27, 2020 8:12 AM

All of the above.  It is actually quite theraputic and I have done quite a few.  Some water here and there on a damp cloth helps.


One item not mentioned.  I take my airbrush without any medium, and use the air stream as an air nozzle to blow around the windows, through the interior, etc.


Enjoy.  And the Novus will really bring the finish to life.  I usually use the really liquid #1 and it looks great.

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