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I have some painted Figs that i still want to keep... but not the crappy paint job i agve them on my ... had to be first week of getting into the hobby(8+ years ago i ahve no clue) what is a SAFE way of getting the paint off. also i ahve Plastic, Pewter, and models that have a mix of the 2. will certain methods hurt one while helping the other, etc.
Thank you all in advance.
Many folk recommend using brake fluid, I recommend Dettol / Pinesol.
The use of Pinesol on minis is a little tricky and time consuming, but it is relatively safe. It works by melting the paint, allowing it to life from the model relatively easy. Simply soak the model in Pinesol in a glass or plastic container that has a lid to it, and remove after 24 hours of soaking. Use a toothbrush to remove the paint while keeping it under hot/warm running water. Some of the paint will stain the model - don’t worry, this hides really easily under any basecoat. It also eats up paint brushes faster than you can imagine - 3 or 4 per model easy.
For parts that don’t clean up well, leave it to soak for another 12 hours and repeat. Try to use a clean brush for as long as possible too!
Be careful not to leave the mini in Pinesol for longer than, say, 48 hours, as it will very slowly start eating through plastic. It doesn’t touch pewter! After around three weeks soaked in Pinesol, the plastic becomes so week you can scrape it away with your finger nail, so its not like "OMG I left it in 3 days and its shafted !!!1!one!", it's still OK, just expect some of those once sharp details to start to dull off the longer you leave it in.
Pinesol is re-usable, so the container you filled with for your first model can be used again and again. If it starts filling with paint that’s pealed from models while soaking, simply skim off with a wasted brush =)
Be careful with your hands - wear rubber gloves when removing models from Pinesol and keep them on until you have your model under water, as Pinesol also likes to eat through fingers over time too!
Any questions or issues, feel free to PM me and I’ll be happy to help!
Acetone works for me, then again I don't use plastics...
Up, up and away!
Guys, when writing a new post, please make part of the thought process:
"I should check the stickied Useful Threads post before I put this up"
...as stripping comes up very regulaly.
There is an exhaustive thread over *here*, which pretty much covers all the options.
Again, search, or check the stickies guys!
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