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i have a bunch of storm troopers who need to get painted in to inqusitirial hench man and my frient told me that in order for the badly painted stomtroopers pain to come off u should put them in a batch of paint thinner. well i have did that and no thing seems to be wroking (note to reader they been painted over for about 3 times). help please
If they are metal they will be fine in paint thinner. IF they are plastic, keep them away from paint thinner because acetone (paint thinner) will eat the plastic. If they are plastic models and they have acrylic paint, simple green works well to remove it. If they are plastic and have an oil based paint, i dont know what to tell you.
I would recommend simple green for either metal or plastic since it is easy to work with (non-toxic) and still gets the job done though it takes a while longer (days instead of hours). There are probably dozens of threads on stripping minis on the various 40k forums around if you need more information.
Lacquer thinner eats plastic stuff... soak your minis! The paint, along with the glue and a good portion of their limbs will come off. But yeah, use Simple Green, or simply prime over.
Paint thinner is used for exactly what the name suggests - thining paints, not removing them!