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at what temperature does plastic become brittle ?


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#1 Blake Rogers

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:33 AM

i was just wondering if anyone can answer this one lol i am going to be storing my kits in a storage unit and was wondering if the -50 weather we get up here is going to ruin the kits i have :lol:


thanks for your help guys

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:37 AM

I would be more concerned about high temps than low temps, Blake. Even down at -50* F, as long as they're not handled and shaken, the plastic should be fine.

Make sure to protect them from snow Posted Images.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:40 AM

Send them here. They won't get too cold, I promise B)

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:48 AM

I could see extremely cold temperatures causing more issue with decals than with the plastic. But I am not really sure about that.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 10:06 AM

I could see extremely cold temperatures causing more issue with decals than with the plastic. But I am not really sure about that.

That and the possibility of condensation being caused by temperature differences. If I were you Blake, I would at least get the decals out of the kits and keep them at your house.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:17 PM

That and the possibility of condensation being caused by temperature differences. If I were you Blake, I would at least get the decals out of the kits and keep them at your house.


At the absolute minimum, I'd put the decals into Zip-Lock type sandwich bags. Make sure you get all the air out of the bags first.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:35 PM

Don't storage units in Canada come with heat??? Or are you talking about something on your own property like an outdoor shed or garage?

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 01:56 PM

The cold may not ruin the plastic but I can say with some confidence that the condensation that can occur with temperature flux can warp boxes and/or decals. Depending on how much humidity there is, I've also seen frost build in storage units when temps drop after a mild or sunny winter day. Seems worse closer to the ground than shelved up above and most noticeable during warming spring temps. I keep my crummy stuff in a storage unit but not my good stuff.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 02:44 PM

At the absolute minimum, I'd put the decals into Zip-Lock type sandwich bags. Make sure you get all the air out of the bags first.

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I knew I forgot something, thanks Charlie! ;)

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 03:22 PM

Do not forget about bugs.....yup, termites and silverfish to name a couple that will wreck decals, instructions , and boxes.

You do need a warm, moist environment for most issues and most commercial units are climate controlled.....


termites eat cellulose thats what paper is made from, silverfish eat starches...found in glue...decals ;)


Heat will damage the plastic, cold will not....

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 04:11 PM

well guys thanks for the answers ill get the decals out before i put them away :lol:

casey-no snow ninjas will get at them i swear lmao

Lee-HAHAHA you wish

harry- yes we do but there way more in cost so i figured why not a normal unit