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I have a couple of questions i need answered:
How do you strip paint off of a model? Would it work on spray paint?
How could you take off the arms of a model (specifically warrior, hive tyrant, carnifex) withougt breaking them?
So far as paint removal goes I'm pretty sure rubbing alcohol will do the trick, I'm not positive on that but I could get a straight answer for you tomorrow I'm pretty sure that's what my buddy used.
And for the limb removal just take a hobby knife and dig around the sockets, I for some unknown reason completely assembled my 'fex before painting and had to take off a couple arms, just be patient and careful. It may depend on how much and what kinda glue you used.
Good luck fixin up yer models eh?
For the arms, I tried to remove warriror arms and had to cut them off. Ugly thing but i got it to work in the end. You may need to do some creative modelng.
Last edited by Willance; February 18th, 2008 at 03:54. Reason: Found my method did not work...
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If you want to remove the arms of your models you need to remember that the weakest part of the arm is towards the end and the strongest point is where it connects to the body, the part we call a ball joint. You should try to carefully tease the arm out of it's socket. You could very carefully insert a modelling knife to poke a hole where the arm and body connect. You will need to be careful and take your time, the arms may seem not to budge at all at first.
To remove paint from plastic models use Easy Off oven cleaner. It'll soften the plastic a bit. Spray the stuff on a model and let it sit for about 15 min. Then use an old tooth brush (an electric brush works wonders) and go to town. It's a tedious process. This will also loosen a lot of the super glue joints. The only thing this won't work on is a paint that bonds to the plastic like Krylon. There's no way to get krylon off a plastic model.
Removing paint from a metal model is even easier. Just get a can of lacquer thinner. Fill a glass jar and throw the model in (completely submerge it). Let it sit for 24 hours. The paint will almost rub off with your fingers. Also, all the metal joints will fall apart as this dissolves CA as well.
Both these solvents are somewhat nasty. Use in a well ventilated area and you might want to get some gloves that can withstand the solvents if your skin is irritable.
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I hear Simple Green is the best for removing paint without melting the model, damaging your skin, or poisoning your kid sister/family pet. Tekore has a link to his guide for stripping paint, but I'm too lazy to find it for you. :z The link should be in his signature. According to him, all you have to do is soak the model in a red beer cup of the stuff overnight, wait for the paint to get all wrinkly, and then scrub it off with a toothbrush. I have a couple of models which need stripping, and this is what I'm going to do to them.
As for arms, if they're plastic, there's not a whole lot you can do. I would just cut them off as close as possible to the joint, then scrape out the rest of the shoulder. If you want to attach it to something else, use a ball of green stuff for a new joint.
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as long as you're careful removing the arms is easy enough.
if at any point during this you feel the arm itself start to bend stop immediately. Give it a few minutes and then try again, but in the other direction.
1) Grab the arm as close to the joint as you possibly can.
2) try to rotate the arm upwards, do not attempt to pull out, just slowly try to rotate it.
3) as you go slowly increase the torque you're applying until the arm disconnects.
Superglue, like tape, is very strong in tension. For the most part if you try to just pull it out (without weakening the joint first) you'll break the arm. However, in shear the super glue is much weaker than the arm is, so you can just start to torque it and wait for the joint to pop free. And so you're forewarned, every time I've done this the joint pops free very suddenly, so just be ready.
Stripping paint has two answers.
1) if it's a metal model go buy a large amount of Acetone (or nail polish remover) and literally dunk the model in the stuff. It will dissolve the paint (and also CA glue) often so much so that you don't even really have to scrub (but it's always a good idea.)
2) If it's plastic simple green is the best\safest (or so I hear, I've never done it personally) and there are plenty of tutorials on how to use it, including (I assume) directions on the bottle\can\whatever. I also hear you can use break fluid. Just submerge the model completely for at least 24 hours, take it out and go to town with a brush.
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I've used Simple Green to take the paint off of my entire chaos army and, trust me, it works. Let it sit for however long, seeing as it's not going to melt the plastic, and then just scrub the model with a tooth brush over a sink or something. You may have to do this twice or so, but it works nonetheless. I let my army sit for about a day, btw, and then scrubbed em. Most of the paint came right off.