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Hey all , need to pick the brains of some of the painty folks! my Nids are painted REALLY badly , and have gloss varnish over them - am i able to re-prime them and start a-fresh or do i need to remove the varnish somehow? help? please? anyone? hehe
I'd strip the models of paint first prior to painting so you save the detail and they don't look all clumpy. There should be a thread floating around with information on how to strip the paint, just use the search function.
I would strip them. If you keep reapplying paint over an already thick surface you will just loose all detail on the mini. It is generally better to start again, and remove all the paint. There is a very good thread around, that deals with multiple methods of stripping, you might want to search for it and have a look.
If they are metal then stripping them is very easy. If they are plastic it's still possible but you need to be more careful. Also, the substance you need to strip plastic is not always available in every country - for instance, I have yet to find anything in the UK that can be used to reliably strip plastics.
Nitromors can be used to strip metal, superglue, epoxy resin and skin - so be careful when using it
Simple Green works, I think there's a guide or sommut for it... not sure if gloss varnish prevents it though...