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12 July 2012 08:16
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maybe an old question, but one I have never found a really good answer to!  

I use these backgrounds & they inevitably do get grubby.  Its mainly polish from shoes, but there will be alsorts or crap on it.  I used to replace mine, quite often when times were not so hard, but nowadays have to resort to cleaning.  washing up liquid in water has no effect whatsoever.  I have used a washing up scourer with cellulose thinners.  but the thinners stinks the studio out for a week!  Also a bit hard on the knees!  Any bright ideas?


12 July 2012 08:24
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I always used white spirit on a rag - yes it smells a bit immediately afterwards but quickly evaporates and clears with a bit of ventilation.


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12 July 2012 08:38
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thanks, ive got some white spirit, with try that now. I have also tried cream cleaner (gritty stuff) & meths! and every combination thereof!


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12 July 2012 08:48
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I use Big Wipes Industrial(Makro usually sell them in a big yellow/black tub) on all the vinyl's(on the non-white vinyl's it can leave a residue but wipes off straight away when still damp) http://www.bigwipes.com/
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12 July 2012 09:02
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had a look at that. They look really good!

Thanks. They sell them in Halfords too. One up the road, will see if they have them in stock.


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12 July 2012 09:06
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Mr Muscle seems to work on most things, and it smell quite nice too.

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12 July 2012 09:08
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Get your hands on some Isopropanol or Isopropyl. (one is a dilute of the other)

It will clean most plastics and without marking, and dries without residue, and it also anti static. You can also wipes impregnated with Isopropyl.
RS sells this gear, but is cheaper elsewhere. (Halfords sell it also as brake cleaner/degreaser)
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12 July 2012 09:20
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thanks guys! I have also tried bleach & kettle descaller & caustic soda!!!

there are a few different "mr muscle" cleaners, I use their glass cleaner & thats good (for cleaning glass)

will try to get some of this stuff (isopropanol)


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12 July 2012 10:48
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I use the green Mr Muscle for cleaning plastics. It's the stuff for windows and glass...contianing vinegar.

BTW, isopropanol is the same a isopropyl ALCOHOL..both the same thing.


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12 July 2012 11:17
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For the less ingrained marks I find a standard pencil rubber works well. I've also found the recent rain has been usefull for cleaning off the general grime from a doing 'booth' at a restored railway !. I just left it on the lawn for a morning and let the rain do its thing.
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