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Repair advice/suggestions needed, crushed Snowman

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Hi all. This is my severely crushed Union Snowman. I picked him out of someone's plastic recycling, and other than being crushed in both front and back, he's in wonderful condition. I'd like to save him. I was thinking that before trying to push out the crushed areas I would heat him up, but I'm afraid a heat gun might warp or distort the plastic. I'm thinking I might put him in a hot bathtub of water and let him soak before trying. Has anyone dealt with this problem or have any suggestions before I try???? Thanks, Ken

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If there is a large enough opening in the base, you could attempt to reach inside and push out the dents...but the plastic may be to hard. This mold might have been better off on his own

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Thats a easy fix. Take a jigsaw cut about a 5in hole or so in the bottom. I do it to all my molds for staking. Then take it in the warm house let it warm up a bit and just push it out. It should be fine and back to normal when done. Ive had many worse then that one and now you cant even tell it was ever crushed. Good luck

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Easy fix. I had one like this. I used a broom handle, wrapped on the end with a towel, and pushed it through the back light hole. Plastic does have a memory though, so you may find that it will pop back in. Just hold the pole inside with a helper and use a hair dryer on it. You should be able to manipulate the handle down the back side as well. I wouldn't worry to much about melting the plastic, blow molds can and do take a lot of abuse.

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Should be a simple fix,as others have said a blow dryer should do the trick if you can get someone to help after you heat it up flip the dryer to cool air hold the dent out and cool , that should help with the dent trying to pop back in.

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Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I assumed it would share some of the characteristics of its thermoplastic relations and used bags of ice to set the repair after popping out the dents. I went with the hot water bath and it really softened the whole mold all at once and made the repair easy and quick. Here he is ready to go out into the display tomorrow morning...Yay !!!!!

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Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I assumed it would share some of the characteristics of its thermoplastic relations and used bags of ice to set the repair after popping out the dents. I went with the hot water bath and it really softened the whole mold all at once and made the repair easy and quick. Here he is ready to go out into the display tomorrow morning...Yay !!!!!

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WOW what a difference that bath made.Now I need to try that on my HO HO HO Santa.

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