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« Topic Start: July 11, 2008, 10:41:38 am »

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I'm getting ready to sell a collectible doll on craigslist.  The doll is in good condition, but the cellophane window on her box is all smudgy.  Any ideas on how to clean it without making it more smudgy?  I'm sure there must be a collectibles site or something that gives suggestions, but darned if I can find it. 

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« Reply #1: July 11, 2008, 10:56:29 am »

Hey folks,

I'm getting ready to sell a collectible doll on craigslist.  The doll is in good condition, but the cellophane window on her box is all smudgy.  Any ideas on how to clean it without making it more smudgy?  I'm sure there must be a collectibles site or something that gives suggestions, but darned if I can find it. 

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Man. This is the first time I've ever known of anyone to ask. You might head over to eBay and see if there is anything posted on one of their messageboards for collectibles. Outside of cleaning it with Windex or something similar, I've not got a clue. I would think anything harsher would melt it.
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« Reply #2: July 11, 2008, 11:07:08 am »

Man. This is the first time I've ever known of anyone to ask. You might head over to eBay and see if there is anything posted on one of their messageboards for collectibles. Outside of cleaning it with Windex or something similar, I've not got a clue. I would think anything harsher would melt it.

Thanks for the forum suggestion.  I thought about Windex, but I know that Windex can make some plastics cloudy.  I wonder if vinegar would be safer?  If I can't find anything more definitive, I guess I might try a small test spot and see what happens.
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« Reply #3: July 11, 2008, 12:01:02 pm »

Hey folks,
I'm getting ready to sell a collectible doll on craigslist.  The doll is in good condition, but the cellophane window on her box is all smudgy.  Any ideas on how to clean it without making it more smudgy?  I'm sure there must be a collectibles site or something that gives suggestions, but darned if I can find it. 
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I sold off my doll collection on ebay a couple of years back. I used baby wipes, they are a very gentle cleaner, but it might depend on what is on there that you want off. If it is just fingerprints then the wipes should work. It will also depend on the age of the package and how fragile the cellophane is.  Many collectors don't mind if you leave the cleaning to them as long as you state that in your add.

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« Reply #4: July 11, 2008, 12:07:18 pm »

Thanks for the forum suggestion.  I thought about Windex, but I know that Windex can make some plastics cloudy.  I wonder if vinegar would be safer?  If I can't find anything more definitive, I guess I might try a small test spot and see what happens.

Now that you mention it, vinegar might work better.
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« Reply #5: July 11, 2008, 12:09:58 pm »

I sold off my doll collection on ebay a couple of years back. I used baby wipes, they are a very gentle cleaner, but it might depend on what is on there that you want off. If it is just fingerprints then the wipes should work. It will also depend on the age of the package and how fragile the cellophane is.  Many collectors don't mind if you leave the cleaning to them as long as you state that in your add.



If baby wipes work, I bet baby shampoo would work and I have a big bottle of that.  Thanks!

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« Reply #6: July 11, 2008, 12:56:55 pm »

If baby wipes work, I bet baby shampoo would work and I have a big bottle of that.  Thanks!

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You can always use a little rubbing alcohol diluted with water too, then you don't have to worry about getting it all off or leaving any residue, because it evaporates.
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