DETOLF Dust Resistance Method

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Thu 2009/08/27 00:37 JST
Otaku, Political Scientist, Teacher, and former member of the US Army. I've been to the Middle East and I now live in Japan. Anime: 20+ years and going Myanimelist: Syaoranli Myfigurecollection: Syaoran
Chiba, Chiba, Japan · Teacher, Otaku, Political Scientist · http://syaostudios.jimdo.com

I have 7 Ikea DETOLFs and I have managed to make them all very dust resistant. My first three DETOLFs that I've had since March did not need any dusting until last week when I decided to dust them. The dust inside was less than what my desk/outside figures get after 3 days. That's pretty good for 6 months!

As everyone who owns a DETOLF knows, the glass door has about a half an inch gap that easily lets in dust. To fix that gap you just need a simple product called weather stripping, also called sponge tape. It's $2.00 USD at Walmart for 20ft (almost enough for two DETOLFs).

I did not come up with this method. I found it on some random site. Also the dust specks you see are actually on the outside of the detolfs. I just haven't wiped down the outsides recently XD

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This is the size stuff to use. 5/16th is also the size. Not my picture, just one I found on the net ^^

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Top left hand corner of the DETOLF. I don't recommend going behind the metal tab or else your door might not close to well. Although you can line it up so it does seal the detolf and does not impede the door. Could take some trial and error ^^; The top strip I also recommend putting on AFTER the door is on the DETOLF.

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The top left corner again. The strips on the left and right side I recommend putting on BEFORE the door is on.

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Top right hand side. The top strip is actually back a bit further so the door will close.

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Right side. Notice that it is very close to the edge but not completely flush. I do this on both sides. Do not have it be completely flush with the side or else the door might not close.

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Bottom of the DETOLF. I never put anything here. I suppose I could on my black detolf but on a white one it would really stand out.

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Looking directly at the side. As I said earlier, it's almost flush with the side. You might have to do some trial and error. The stripping can be lifted up but do it slowly as it is very sticky.

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Top inside, notice it's that far back from the edge. If it wasn't the door would not close.

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Right side strip. Notice you cannot see a gap. This DETOLF is actually my most sealed one. The DETOLF next to it I need to fix as there is a gap on the sides because I didn't line it up right.

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Left side strip of the DETOLF above. Notice again there is no gap. This DETOLF has never been dusted ^^

If someone wants me to highlight what I am talking about in each of the pictures then I can do so ^^

For those who have DETOLFS, spending $2 USD to make them dust resistant is highly worth it. I'll be getting another DETOLF soon so would anyone want me to take pictures from scratch on sealing them?

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Otaku, Political Scientist, Teacher, and former member of the US Army. I've been to the Middle East and I now live in Japan. Anime: 20+ years and going Myanimelist: Syaoranli Myfigurecollection: Syaoran
Chiba, Chiba, Japan · Teacher, Otaku, Political Scientist · http://syaostudios.jimdo.com