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  • #16

    Here's one of my 'Joes (Action Man, actually) with battle scars.

    I left him the way he was.

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    • #17

      ATC,

      The holes don't look too bad, they're battle scars from a past time and can be classed as a badge of honour. If they bother you too much then you could try heating up a small soldering iron (not too hot, just enough to melt the vinyl) and gently draw vinyl from each side of the holes to fill them, make sure the soldering iron head is spotlessly clean first.. when the holes are filled in, it will look a bit messy and rough, but this can be smoothed up with fine 'Wet & Dry' rubbing paper (1200 grit, or near).. The final gentle rubbing should be done with blunted 'Wet & Dry' paper (use two pieces against each other to blunt before use) and use a bit of water with the final buffing up, try match the sheen from the rest of the face. The rubbing paper can be torn into small strips and shaped accordingly when using it.

      Good luck.
      Fall in A, fall in B, fall in all the company!

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      • #18

        Thanks, all, for the hints and tips. I cleaned this guy up again and again with oxy 10 acne cleansing wash. I think he came out better, although far from perfect. I think I'm going to leave him as-is because it doesn't look nearly as bad as it did before he got super cleaned.
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        I still need to rINSE some of that oxy 10 out of his hair, but it's a satisfactory improvement.
        - ATC



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        • #19

          If you haven't done anything yet, I suggest this product right here to fill the holes - http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/cnt...e-Adhesive.htm

          It dries clear, and a drop should fill the holes nicely. Clean the area thoroughly with soap and water, allow it to dry completely, then apply the adhesive.. Any excess can be wiped off with a cloth before it dries, leaving a nice, smooth repair. After the adhesive has fully set, you can paint over it with acrylic paint. If you want to make sure the paint is as close to the original face color as possible, paint a piece of uncolored glass, then turn it over and look at the color from the other side. That will show you how the paint will look when dried. On such small areas, the match doesn't have to be exact, as it will blend into the overall color of the face from a distance of more than a few inches.

          Good luck, and post pics of your final repair.

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          • ATC
            ATC commented
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            Great tips! Thanks!
        • #20

          @ ATC photos,

          The figure looks good to go for some backyard photo fun. To me, it appears that most vintage Joes and Action Man figures have their own unique face and all different than the next ( that's if you look hard enough).
          Fall in A, fall in B, fall in all the company!

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          • #21

            The old trick of rebuilding a worn off nose with superglue might work well. Superglue dries clear and it easy to make matte with fine sandpaper, which causes it to look like the surrounding vinyl color. It may make the holes go away with the least amount of work. If it doesn't look good enough, it won't be hard to pic the hardened superglue out.

            Otherwise, mix the appropriate color in water based acrylic paint and dab it is. These holes are small and won't take much to make invisible.


            Before you do anything, clean the holes with a sharp toothpick and alcohol to get any grease or dirt out.

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