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I bought a great big lot for about 120 bucks online. The highlights include an armorcast warhound titan, a buttload of metal special characters, and a couple of dreadnoughts. I mainly bought the lot for the titan, but now I'm a bit concerned about how to strip them, (the painjob is awful).
Will simplegreen work? I haven't had much luck with the stuff for stripping plastics. Other than break fluid, what else could work for the plastics and resin?
Also, is the armorcast resin supposed to be coloredl somewhat like wood, or did I get a counterfeit titan? It feels smooth but it's unlike any plastic I've encountered before.
Finally, anyone ever use that 3M Safe-Stripper stuff? Would that work on the plastic?
Normally I would direct you to the search function, since this topic has been discussed several times. However, the search is OOO right now, so you're safe.
Anything that is safe for plastic is safe for resin. Resin feels different because it is essentially an epoxy resin and not polystyrene like the rest of GW plastics. The color varies greatly, and you can even get different colors in the same kit. Painting and stripping can change the surface color of resin as well. Someone could have cast a forgery, but I wouldn't worry about it.
I have never had as effective results from simple green (or anything else) as I have from brake fluid. So I quit using anything else.
Plastic safe strippers are effective (like 3M Safe Stripper) but they are also a lot more expensive, so I don't use them. I do have a can of it that I save for particularly tough paint jobs after using brake fluid.
Well, I'm stripping a couple of large armies, so I figure eight bucks for a container of Safest Stripper isn't such a bad deal. If I were only doing a few figures, though, it wouldn't make any sense. That stuff will work on plastic and metal, right?
I keep hearing about break fluid, but I don't like working with that stuff, so if the safest stripper works, then I'll go with that.
Just curious, why don't you like brake fluid? It's no more toxic than safe stripper, and both have to be disposed of in environmentally sound ways.
The eight bucks worth of stripper can only soak about as many minis as two dollars worth of brake fluid, so even with a large army it could cost. The best way to use it is paint it on each individual miniature. However that can be time consuming. That's why I save it for a few tough miniatures.
With brake fluid I just fill a coffee can with miniatures and cover them with brake fluid. They can stay there until I get around to scrubbing them clean. A day, a week, a month, it doesn't matter. I can also take one or two out of the can, scrub them and leave the rest for latter, so its good for those times when I can't work on hobby stuff for a long time. With the stripper I have to deal with the mini right then. You can't leave them soaking.
Not a stock holder of a brake fluid company or anything, I just haven't found anything that works better. Plastic safe strippers (read the can to be sure and make a test run on some sprue) DO strip better on the whole, but they have enough faults that I prefer brake fluid most of the time.
You're right. I'm just going to buy 10 or 15 containers of break fluid, and try that (it's a big job; about 280 figures in 2 armies, with 6 carnifexes, 2 tyrants, a landraider, a couple of predators, a titan, and a whole lotta gaunts and marines). That ought to strip it all, right?
You can buy large containers (gallon +) and save. The best way to figure out how much you need is to gt some old containers, fill them half way with miniatures. Since you know the size of the container and that you will need to fill it up with BF, you can count about two thirds of the container size for needed fluid.
For example, a gallon coffee can half filled with minis needs about 2/3 gallon of fluid to cover them all. Let them sit 24 hours or longer and scrub them off with an old toothbrush and dish soap. You can just pull out a few whenever the urge strikes you.
Some minis never come clean. Even with powerful strippers. I just pick out the details and prime over them. I don't know why. Its not any one type of paint, age, thickness or color. Just seems some times the paint bonds to the mini better.
Also, although I've never had a plastic mini damaged, some times a plastic slotta base will turn to rubber. Who knows?
Wear gloves, don't drink it, and watch out for splatter in the eyes when you scrub and the mutations will be minimal.
Well, I had an all day stripping festival on sunday, and I managed to clean what turned out to be 300+ figures. I wore gloves and eye protection, although the tub of water I was scrubbing the figures in after I took them out of the break fluid spilled on my legs and pants at one point. I won't be poisoned if water with break fluid residue got on my bare legs, will I? At any rate, everything's been stripped except the titan (which is still soaking). While I'm sure it's harmless, I don't think I'm going to work with break fluid again; there were just as many troublesome figures as there were with the simplegreen, and simplegreen smells a whole lot better.
I followed what you said, wolfraider, about picking the details out of problem figures and just priming over them. Just the same, if I ever buy anymore gw figures, (which I won't for a while, since I spent a few hundred buying up armies on ebay) I'll just get them unpainted.