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I have recently started restoring a badly abused 1500 pt. Tau army. Some of the models are pewter, but most are plastic. I want to take the models apart and strip the few that are painted, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I usually use Simple Green to strip paints from pewter models. I've never tried to use it on plastic before, but I've heard it doesn't work so well. Any suggestions on how to stip the plastic models and than break them apart for easier repair?
Simple green is fine for plastics.
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Funnily enough I have just stripped a badly abused Tau Army too.
I used Simply green for all the models (plastics & pewter).
I would probably give the plastics a 24-48 hours soak before cleaning them up.
I waited 24 hours and the paint came off easily with a toothbrush. It did leave the GW black undercoat on in most places but the rest came off very easily!
My Tau have been traded back and forth between me and a friend for a few years now. They tend to make it back to me a bit abused (and cheaper)
Step 1) Find a bowl that you don't eat out of.
Step 2) Fill the bowl with lysol
Step 3) Soak pewter models (don't know about plastics) for 24 hours
Step 4) Easily scrub off paint with an old toothbrush
Also, if you have a few broken pieces, the one really cool thing my friend did was make a Pathfinder holding a rail gun. He used the rail gun from a broadside and attached it to a Stealth suit, added a drone to the back of the gun (like a gyro stabilizer) In the end it looked great, and I imagine most opponents wouldn't mind you using him as a rail rifle. *Note, he justified using a stealth suit stating that it had been stripped of its jet pack and stealth capabilities, and was refitted with strength and balance augmetics to carry such a large weapon. The look on SM players faces when he busted those bad boys out was something to the affect of "God damn, I've just soiled myself"
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What's Simple Green? If it's a US product, is anyone aware of a UK counterpart? I have a vague memory of pine oil products being the paint stripper of choice for plastics although that's several years out of date I think.
You might find that you can get simple green in the UK.
I live in australia and found Simple Green available at Bunnings, our big arse hardware store chain.
Worth a look or a google.
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There's a big thread on this in the tutorial section, I believe. All your questions will be answered there, grasshopper.