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........Models, you sickos
Hey just wondering what I am supposed to use to strip the paint off my models, I am about fed up with having opponents saying "WTF?, Purple Blood Angels?", so I want to strippp them down to their naked gray-ishness, or silver bodies for repainting in true Blood Angel colors. I thunk there was two differnt fluids for plastic and pewter, but I don't remember, any help?
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I've had the opportunity to recover second hand space marines before, and in most cases, have had a chore just stripping the paint. Some had as many as three or four types of foundation coats on the models, making the paint stripping a nightmare for noobs!
For metal figures, I'd just slosh the model in a tin cup half filled with domestic thinner. Can get this at any reliable hardware store used for thinning out gloss paint (the sticky oily kinda paint suitable for painting wood). A couple of minutes should do the trick, depending on the amount of paint used to coat the model.
PS. I use my metal models to learn how to paint, as when stercus accidit! I just whip out the thinner and start over with little or no harm to the model.
Plastic models are another headache. Any alcohol based solution will damage them, but clear nail polish remover on a cotton bud can be used to remove small amounts of paint when stercus accidit occurs. But if you wanna strip the whole model of paint...
I've only attempted this solution once. I had at one point acquired 15 assault marines from a Ultramarines player. My initial attempt was to scrape of the paint on the legs to discern how much paint was on the model. The models appaprently began their career as ultramarines, and then black templars, and then ultramarines again! (This guy really couldn't make up his mind. He's a necron player now). Most of the details on the models were badly covered up by paint (for example, the Aquila on the breastplate had become a huge flat surfaced bird of some kind...).
I loaded all of them into an airtight tupperware. Into this tupperware I poured three capfulls of DETTOL (the brown liquid thing used to sanitize stuff). Over this I filled the container with enough water to completely submerge the models and then I sealed it. I sloshed the mix of model, dettol and water inside until the water became cloudy and left it on a shelf to sit for 24 hours, shaking it once every 6 hours or so to get the liquid inside moving. And when I opened the tupperware the next time, lo and behold! The paint just slipped away like some slimy old skin peeling off. The models were good but stank. So I had to soak them for an hour in dishwashing liquid to get rid of the smell. The marines were definitely cleansed of all taint in more ways than one...
TIP: Please work in a well ventilated area. Keep minor children away while you are working on this, as the fumes while you are working are at times overpowering. If anyone has got a better way to do this, I'll be more than happy to hear of it as I just got a batch of very badly painted bikes to work on... Good luck on the paint stripping work!
Castrol Super Clean, give it at least 24 hours, then wash thoroughly to get the fluid off and you have some nice stripped models, although Chapel's solution seems excellent as well.
Simple Green/Mean Green and Castrol Super Clean all work great. Pick up a soft 99 cent tooth brush and give the mini a good scrubbing under cool water after a few hours, put it back in for a few more if it's not clean, but usually it will be.
Please don't use or advocate the use of brake fluid. It's a nasty chemical that shouldn't be used for anything other than its intended purpose. Even if you do dispose of it properly, others will see it suggested and go get some from the garage then pour it down the drain.
If you do use nail polish remover use non-acetone. Iv made that mistake before
That's a great idea chapel.
I'll keep that in mind if I ever feel like repainting some of my models.
Please in future would you do a search when asking a question such as this, for it has been asked many times over. I am sure new members might find it easier to start a new, but there are plenty of threads which could answer your question quicker if you did a simple search.
So, I am locking this thread. Please, search in future as generally you'll find your answers are already laid down.