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First of all, i wasn't sure where to put this, so feel free to move it as you see fit.
Anyway, I heard several threads about the topic of paint stripping, and many people swear by "castrol super-clean". I didn't know what it was, and asked my dad to get some so i could strip some extremely thickly primed models. He informed me that it was supposed to be used to strip the paint off of cars, and gave me some of his bicycle grease-remover. It only got off some of the paint, and I need something else to get the rest off.* Should I use castrol super-clean?
A plea for help- Ubermonkey
* I only stripped one model. The rest are fully painted.
Details: the plastic of the one model i stripped turned a lighter gray. All of the ten models i need to strip have been badly primed and had a coat of paint applied twice.
"My inner self could whup your inner self!"
Brake fluid is extremly hazzardous to your health! Do not spill on your skin or you
will get an acidic burn. You will want to get some heavy duty thick (waterproof)
plastic gloves. Also do this outside or in a well ventilated area, ask your dad to help
But to safely handle your models without burning yourself set up a coathanger system
to pull models out by legs. Also cover any workbench area with cloth or fabric Then
a layer of plastic.
Brake fluid is considered hazardous by local waste management so you will have to store
it for pickup in a safe container. Usually oil containers work. By state or goverment
regulations you have to put the date on this and label it so they know what they are
Also when you wash your models you need to save this water as well. Get an extra bucket
and dunk them in, take them out and let them dry or dry with a towel, Get a iron scrub
brush and scrub them in soapy water. Save your soapy water and place this in with your
used brake fluid. After a few rinses you can probably wash them with the garden hose
or your dishwasher if they are metal miniatures.
-HONORABLE MENTIONS IN BLITZKRIEG PAINTING COMP-
"THAT I.G. GUY WITH THAT OVERDEVELOPED TRIGGER FINGER"
Brake fluid isn't acidic to your skin, I've had my hands covered in it before. Didn't burn me one bit, and I have girly hands. It's grose though, reminds me of cooking oil with a zingy kinda smell and tastes funny too ^_^
here are 5 steps to removing paint easy and good, it was used on 30 Valhallen guard of my BF's ^_^
Head over to the nearest auto parts store, and buy the "cheapest" break fluid you can get. should be some where between 2 and 4 bucks.
get an old margarin/sourcream or something bucket from some place. No need to use your nice tupper wear or favorite popcorn bowl ^_^
Take the bases off the guys you want striped, and stick them in. Leave them in for awile, like 6-8 hours. Best to leave them in while you sleep (heck you can leave them in for 4 days and nothing will happen to them but loose paint, they'll be the same texture if you soak them from 8 hours - 5 days, no difference)
Take the guys out, put them on a crapy old towel and get ready for brushing. Have some crapy clothes on too. Use an old tooth brush (mechanical brushes are realy good for this) and scrub the heck out of them. Wipe them off with the towel and set them aside. When brushing you might want to wear safty goggles, just incase you splater some in your eyes.
Take the brushed models to the nearest sink and wash the left over junk off them. Dry the models, and your set. seni-brand new models ^_^
Only thing to remember is the break fluid doesn't remove super glue, so if your guys have lost detail to super glue they're hopless. Don't toss the break fluid down normal drains either, after useing it put it in a seperate container and take it to a proper disposal site. It's still a chemical, don't need it killing plants and animals or what ever ^_^
hope that helps,
Tomb Kings, Marines, Eldar
This is in the wrong place and in the painting forum there is a pinned thread on stripping models. Please direct your questions to this thread in future.