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Thursday, August 10, 2023

RetroGeek Crafts - The Art Of Pony Restorations - Video Showcase

 Learn how to restore your ponies here!

A video showcasing the restoration of the classic G1 Night Glider toy

Have you ever been given any old hand me down ponies? Found any old and battered toys at a flea market? If so, then these videos are for you!

Click below to read to learn more about Pony Restorations!

A video showcasing the restoration of the G2 pony Ivy

As these videos demonstrate, there are many instances of ponies being found in downright terrible condition. Most people would simply throw these old toys away as they've clearly had their run. However there are some fantastic people out there who try their best to restore these old pony toys in an attempt at giving them a new chance at life. Some of these people even make videos showcasing the process, and showcasing their techniques. These are most helpful for those who are looking to restore their own ponies but don't know where to start.

These old pony toys can suffer a lot of various conditions which people need to be aware of before starting restoration. These can include things such as "Pony Cancer", "Hair rot" and "Regrind". These conditions aren't necessarily generation exclusive however there have been no reported cases of regrind happening with any generation past G1.

What are these conditions you may ask? To summarise, Regrind is a term that refers to the spotty discolouration of certain ponies over time. This happens due to the manufacturers mixing new plastic with recycled plastic which ended up unused from various other pony releases. Due to the plastic being a different colour, they dye the plastic to match the colour of the specific pony. Over time however, the dye wears off and the old colour starts to

Cupute happens to have a pony with regrind at the pony's hooves, this one in particular being of a hot pink variety.

Hair rot is a term which refers to various ponies' hair simply disintegrating over time. Why this happens? It's all down to the cheaper hair used on some toys. There is unfortunately a growing list of ponies that have been affected by this condition.

A great example of it and many other G3's who are effected by hair rot

Last but not least, Pony Cancer. What does this term mean? It refers to the specific kind of mould that grows in the pony's plastic. Whilst it can be somewhat prevented by storing a pony in less humid areas, it can still affect your ponies nonetheless. Some ponies are more susceptible to this than others however. This condition leaves the pony with mouldy spots all over its body with a slight discolouration around the spot.

So then. How can we remedy these conditions? With hair rot, the simple solution is to have the pony completely re-haired. With Pony Cancer and regrind however, there is no way to properly cure the pony, so instead people have to cover these issues up by painting over the discoloured areas.

If you wish to read more sources or info about restoration or other important things to keep note of or watch out when restoring, check out this great site, as well as this site and here!

If you need help identifying the pony you have here, here and here are great sources!
I hope this article has been informative and I shall see you next time!
- Fortune Star

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