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A buddy of mine has an old ship model that belonged to his Dad, and the sails have nicotine stains.  What’s the best way to remove the nicotine without destroying the sails on the model?

 

 

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The only way to do a good job is remove the sails and wash them then re-rig them.  There are a number of recipes for washing cloth with nicotine stains on the 'net.  Is this a decorator model or a model his dad built himself?  May not be worth the effort if a mass produced decorator model although it is impossible to put a value on sentiment.     

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It’s a mass produced decorator model.  

 

I cleaned it the best I could for him, at work.  I wasn’t sure about what to try and use on the sails.

Building: 1:64 HMS Revenge (Victory Models plans)

1:64 Cat Esther (17th Century Dutch Merchant Ships)

 

Favorite finished builds:  1:60 Sampang Good Fortune (Amati plans), 1:200 Orel Ironclad Solferino, 1:72 Schooner Hannah (Hahn plans), 1:72 Privateer Prince de Neufchatel (Chapelle plans), Model Shipways Sultana, Heller La Reale, Encore USS Olympia

 

Goal: Become better than I was yesterday

 

"The hardest part is deciding to try." - me

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If the sails are brittle, there's a good chance that washing them will disintegrate them. Nicotine is soluble in water, helped by a couple of drops of detergent added. Is it possible that the model is acceptable with stained sails?

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