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Vibrators with plastic shells

Extremely common, plastic vibrators are usually affordable, and come in lots of shapes, sizes and colors. Almost every vibrator uses some plastic, either for the whole sex toy, or just for the battery cap & internal components, but here we are referring to the surface and main material used in vibrator, where it comes into contact with the body.

It's hard to look anywhere without seeing things made of plastic, because it's cheap, durable and can be molded into almost any shape and mass produced with relative ease. For these reasons it's one of the most used materials in vibrators and other modern adult toys.

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Plastic makes for a hard vibrator that doesn't bend or flex, which is very appealing to some. It also transmits vibration quite well, since it doesn't absorb or 'dampen' the vibrating as much as rubbers and silicone.

Handle with Care

Because plastics can be hard, they can also be brittle. This will depend on the chemical composition of the resins in your particular vibrator. This can be a problem if the sex toy is dropped on a hard floor, and the heavy batteries inside cause the plastic to crack, or splinter.

A vibrator that's been cracked, or that's missing a shard of plastic should be discarded. The cracks are a perfect place for bacteria to live, and get inside your vibe. Also, a fracture line can cut or pinch you in a very uncomfortable place.

Real Smooth ...

One thing you do have to be careful with is flashing left on the vibrator from the manufacturing process. Flashing is the sharp, raised edge where 2 pieces of the mold came into contact. Sometimes a bit of plastic resin leaks into a void in this area, and creates a very thin, and often sharp bit of plastic that can cause cuts and scrapes, if it's not removed.

To remove any flashing, just take the back edge of a dull kitchen knife and scrape it off. That should remove the bulk of it. Then, if there's still a bit of sharp edge, you can sand it down with some sandpaper or an emory board. Wash away any plastic dust that's left from this cleanup job.

The goal is to make the vibrator as smooth as possible.

With higher quality plastic sex toys, you really shouldn't have to do anything to remove sharp edges, but it's always a good idea to check a new vibrator for them before you go ahead and use it.

If you already own a plastic sex toy, it's a good idea to check it now and then for scratches (and to avoid scratching it in the first place). If you drop your vibrator or bang it into something and get any deep nicks or gouges in the plastic surface, they can become places where germs and bacteria hide.

Some gouges might have a sharp edge, and need to be fixed with a bit of sandpaper until they are smooth again. Not only can a deep gouge create a hiding place for bacteria, but it can also scratch you, a bad combination!

To avoid any of these issues with sharp flashing, gouges and scratches and cracking, you might look into a vibrator made with jelly - or even better silicone.

Cleaning: A plastic vibrator is easy to clean, just use some soap and warm water, dry well, and store dry. Make sure you don't submerge your vibrator unless it's a waterproof model.

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