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Whiten individual pieces - or a whole set ?

GomjabaGomjaba UKMember Posts: 20
Hi Guys, 

I am new to ordering from Bricklink and I must admit - I was a bit naive to think used merely means ... used ... not yellowed to death .. It is quite impressive to see that a bag of say, 50 identical items, have essentially .. 50 Shades of Gray (see what I did there). 

As I don't intend to build a colorchart with all shades of gray (my build will be 99.95% Light Bluish Gray) I am struggling as to what to do now. 

I have 2000+ pieces right now and tried to clean them using Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) in UK sun - I have given up a week in as there is no change. And I think it really isn't the weather yet. 

So the main question really is - would you just wait for weeks to come until the weather is right, hope you can find a UV lamp - or maybe just build the set and put the whole built set in a tub to actual progress ? 

The latter obviously would mean the inside will likely stay stained as it is - but given it is a display model - I wonder if it makes more sense to just chuck the whole set in a bucket (Assuming I can get over the OCD knowing the insides are yellowed). 

Any thoughts ? 


  • GomjabaGomjaba UKMember Posts: 20
    Thanks. I do know the method. It was question about single pieces Vs. Whole set. Will check again in case I missed that in those threads (which I have seen before). 
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,444
    Single pieces definitely. I've been doing this for many years and have had a lot of success just doing individual pieces. 
  • GomjabaGomjaba UKMember Posts: 20
    Yea just chucked all my sorted pieces back into a large bucket (only lost like 6hrs of sorting lol) - I couldn't bear the fact that the insides may be still tinted ..
  • jason1976jason1976 LondonMember Posts: 259
    I managed to clean a lot of yellowed pieces successfully last summer - it took me a while as due to having to live in London I only had a window sill to put a container with pieces in hydrogen peroxiden on, but it can be done!
  • GomjabaGomjaba UKMember Posts: 20
    Yea that's my problem. UK sun is ..... Sub .... Optimal. 
  • jason1976jason1976 LondonMember Posts: 259
    From memory, it wasn't too sunny on at least one of the days I did it, and I did have to reposition the container as the sun moved, but it worked.

    I think I've got some before and after pics around somewhere, I'll see if I can find them tomorrow.
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