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I was wondering if anyone knows any good tips about removing the paint from my mini(s). I have access to mineral spirits, and can soak them in it if I want to, but it would be good if you could tell me the effects of doing this. (The reason why I want to do this is because my Scar-Veteran isn't supposed to be albino )
One of the ways I do it is with Pine-Sol. Just make a solution of equal parts Pine-Sol and water and soak the mini in it for a while. Then take a toothbrush to it and go crazy. Do be prepared for some glued things to come apart though, it may happen. It has to me, but it's not a problem as I can easily glue it back together. Hope this helps!
P.S.: There's a great tutorial online about stripping minis with this Simple Green stuff, just google "stripping minis" and it should be near the top. I haven't used the stuff, but I hear it works wonders from the people who have. I can't find it at my Wal-Mart.
No, I don't have any wool.
Simple Green is supposed to be really good, but it can damage models.
From what i've heard (and what i'm going to use) Brake Fluid is excellent, you only need to soak it for a few hours (between 2 and 5) and then scrub the model with a toothbrush under running water (to wash the break fluid off). someone said in one of the other topics that they forgot about their models and left them soaking for two weeks, but they came out absolutely fine!
I am yet to try it myself, but Brake Fluid will definitly be the route that i take
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There are many, many threads on this subject. If you use the search function, you'll find mucho advice that should help.
Check out the link in my signature. I went ahead and made a complete guide for this after I had trouble finding information. Hope its helpful.
I've found that the best thing to use is Castrol Super Clean, which you can pick up at Autozone or any auto parts store. It wont melt plastics, involves less scrubbing than Simple Green and will even loosen the bond of most glue so that all you would have to do is scrape off the excess.
Basically you pour some in a container, preferably one with a lid, then stick your miniatures in it so that they are fully submerged. Put the lid on and leave them overnight. Make sure you wear some plastic gloves for the next part as this stuff can burn your skin! The next day take the minis out and scrub them with a STIFF bristle tootbrush, rinse and let dry. Then use a mild soap and water mixture as a final touch up that should do it.
Once your done you can pour the CSC back into the bottle through a coffee filter and keep reusing indefinitely. I've tried Pine Sol, Simple Green and a number of other things and I can say that this is the best method from my experience. Hope it helps!
Ok so that link didnt work, but its on the Dakkadakka forums under Modeling and Painting.
I believe I might have some Simple Green in the spray bottle form. Would that work? (currently, I only need 1 model repainted.)
Okay, never mind, checked, no simple green, but I do have 409 concentrate.
Last edited by The Green Meep; June 21st, 2008 at 20:18.