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I tried a long while ago to sculpt some hair on to the abdomen of my spider rider unit champions' mount. Needless to say, now that I look at it, I need to work on my sculting skills. No paint on him other than primer. As an aside, I was trying to convert an orc shaman from a boyz kit, and I used a biy of miliput to sculpt a fur pelt on to his back, but it never seemed to dry after 6 months of sitting there. I have started to take it off, and the parts in the middle have somehow turned white, and some fo the surface turned brownish.
Any help here would be much appreciated.
Wow thats odd, I haven't been using it that long, but I've never had it turn brown from being stuck for long, maybe some other chemical you didn't expect got in? I had some pva glue go orange when it got stuck inside a sealed container with a rusty screw, maybe something similar happening here?
But milliput tends to just snap off with enough pressure, give that a shot and just scrape away whats left.
Thanks for the reply, I really have no idea if any other unwanted chemicals got in there, but I've already tried to sand it off, but stopped as I dont want to ruin the detail underneath, and the round surface really isnt helping out the clippers. I wonder... would acetone work? hmmmm
If I knew what that was, then yeah it will work! I have no idea, personally I'd rather ruin the detail, but since it's some minis face... ugh its difficult.
FYI, Duane - Acetone is an extremely volatile, extremely potent solvent and cleaning agent. Highly effective, but rather toxic.
As for using it to remove Milliput, I'd advise against it. Acetone works great at dissolving un-cured epoxies, but once the stuff is cured, it's pretty much immune to everything but brute force.
Give it a shot if you're not getting results picking it off by hand, but only if it's a metal model - Acetone will dissolve plastic in a hurry, certainly a lot sooner than it'll ever affect the Milliput. There's a reason it's only sold in steel containers, after all!
Duane, Its not the face, its the abdomen of the spider . Wraith, Isn't nail polish remover acetone? I may be wrong, but if so, the stuff is kept in a plastic container, in my experiance.
But nail polish remover is indeed often made with acetone, and packaged in plastic bottles... solvent resistant plastic bottles. It helps that nail polish remover is diluted and modified to be gentler on skin - the strong stuff will actually suck the fatty acids and oils right out of your skin, leaving it raw, red, dry and cracked... Nasty stuff. The plastics in that nail polish remover bottle are designed to resist solvents, try it with plain old polystyrene (model plastic) and you're still likely to have a melted model, just not quite as fast or as bad as the industrial grade stuff.
There are thousands of different types of plastics and unfortunatly warhammer models are not made of the same stuff as nailpolish bottles. if you put on to much acetone it will dissolve the features of your model! (aslo nail polish is usually stored in glass bottles)