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Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
This may sound like a no-brainer to some, but could some of the members more experienced with resin please advise on the best methods and environment to maintain and store clear resin pieces -if there are any.

Essentially, I am asking for preventative maintenance tips for those who would like to take every reasonable precaution to maintain the original appearance and to extend the life of these new sets.

I figured if there are preferred environments or methods, say in-the-box or out of sunlight, cool or dry - it would be best to discuss it now, before someone "discovers" that they shouldn't have kept their river setup on indefinite display in direct sunlight or used the wrong subtance to clean them with.

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#15551
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
WW -

In the box, or in the setup - no middle ground. No direct sunlight, although the CR&W set has far superior clear resin to the cavern sets.
DO NOT USE solvent cleaners! Dust brush if it sits out; if you store them in the styrofoam boxes, they shouldn't need much cleaning.

That's about all I can think of; if anyone else has anything to add, PLEASE do!

See ya!

Jim
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#15552
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Thanks Jim.

I hadn't thought of using an air duster for cleaning the resin pieces.

I have one more question to ask.

As I'll be waiting another week or so for my sets to arrive (partly due to out of US travel time) could you or someone please post pics of the packaging?

I ask this as I keep all of my other DF on shelves and, or in containers. Knowing that I will need to make an exception for these River and Lake sets I would like to see how "compact" the styrofoam packaging is to see if I will be using it.


fyi

I for one, can wait until my CR&W Sets arrive! So I ask everyone to please not misinterperet the above statement as either a complaint or criticism. The statement made above is merely to justify my request, and the request is to satify my curiosity - nothing more.

Thank you.
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#15553
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
ww -

Not a criticism here, but how did you buy your DF? Didn't it come in a styrofoam case, inside the BWB (Big White Box)?
Or did you buy EACH PIECE separately?

The BWB's are designed for safely storing DF; you couldn't get mine away from me without a deadly weapon - and then, you'd have other problems (I tend to shoot back!).

The CR&W sets are two-layer, and each water piece has a divider on top of it so nothing gets pressed into it accidentally when packed! Whether it was Stefan, Jeff, or some nameless guy or gal over in China, SOMEone put some serious thought into designing the styrofoam on this set box!

The BWB's are @20" long/10-12" wide/8" deep. The box is triple-wall corrugated cardboard, and the styrofoam pallets stack inside the box.

See ya!

Jim

PS: Jeff, is there any way people could order EMPTY styrofoam pallets, so they could PUT their loose-purchase DF pieces in the safest carrier available? I know this isn't something you could arrange overnight, but it would be a GREAT way to help those of us who never got BWBs.
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#15554
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Well Jim, the vast majority of my DF stuff was purchased in sets, although I have also purchased over 100 individual pieces as well.

Some time back, I experimented with "shelving" my pieces and found that I used my DF far more by not having to search through and pack/unpack the boxes everytime I wanted to use them.

Since using DF is the only reason I buy it, the decision for me was easy.

I tossed the boxes -with no regrets!
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#15555
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I store most of mine on a table because it makes it easy to get at during the game. Haven't noticed any degradation, unless you count cat hair. But I still have the boxes, just in case. I took a whole bunch to KublaCon last month - can't imagine doing that without the boxes. Given Jim's sagacious comments, perhaps I'll store the CR&W and Lake pieces in the boxes.

Cheers,
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#15556
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Agreed.


By the way,

Thanks Jim for the measurements of the box.

As always, it's appreciated.
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#15557
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Zul,

Cat hair is not a degradation.
It is an "undocumented feature."
Just ask Bill Gates.

See ya! :P

Jim
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#15558
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
If you decide to store them out of the box I would suggest either bagging them in sandwich bags or placing a dust cover of them, This is to both keep dust off and prevent them from accidently being scratched, etc.

Typical cleaning of resin involves just good old mild dishwashing soap and cool water. Use a soft, non-scratching, lint free cloth.
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#15559
Preventative storage and maintenance tips for clear resin pieces. 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Ditto what Blackhawk1 just posted--I was going to suggest the same: mild soapy water (though plain old cold water and a very soft cloth should do the trick just as well) to remove finger prints.

Consider using a can of compressed air (typically found at computer stores or other electronics stores these days) to "dust off". If you're going the manual route, use an old cotton t-shirt but make sure it's really soft so you don't leave spider-thread scratches in the surface of the resin (I like the can 'o air the best).

The thing that's going to potentially cause the most damage to the resin surface is the base of the miniatures you move around on them. If you're concerned about this, pick up a cheap square of soft, fuzzy felt at a local crafts store and cut out to fit the bottom of your mini bases. This is a giant PITA but it will help preserve the integrity of the resin surface.

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