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Old 10-05-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default Advice needed on cleaning old boxes with lighter fuel

Hi - I just bought a lovely boxed Airfix Angel 1st edition

the box is a bit off white and I am thinking of giving it a wipe over with some lighter fuel

I'm hoping this will lift a layer of accumulated dust and brighten it up a bit

any advice appreciated thanks in advance!
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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oh blimey I'm feeling a bit nervous now I thought lighter fluid was magic and could be sloshed around with impunity

how risky will it be to wipe it down as you describe..?

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I wouldn't.

Butane is a relatively harsh solvent. I'd start with water: just a slightly damp paper towel with maybe a bit of detergent, so as not to strip the coating from the printed cardboard.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:42 PM   #3
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From the collector's point of view there's nothing necessarily wrong with a 30 or 40 year-old box looking that age. Quite the opposite in fact, genuine signs of age are good indicators of authenticity.

If you want to clean the box then by all means clean the easy to remove dust & grime off it but always try to use a light touch. You'll be glad you did later.
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