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I recently purchased some Daemons off an old Daemon player, who's retired from serving the Chaos God's, which were completely painted and based.
Now removing the paint so I could do my own paintjob was easy with some Detol but now I have no idea of how to cleanly remove the gravel and static grass he did on the base... I need it to be as clean as possible because I'm going to be painting on the base and having chunks of gravel and grass leftovers that just won't be removed will ruin it.
So... Is there any great methods available?
IMO, the best course of action is to just get new bases. Plastic bases will be damages by any harsh solvents that you might use, or even ad aggressive scrubbing. Besides, bases are Cheap. Go pick up 100 on ebay for like 5 bucks or pay like 10 bucks for 50 magnetic-bottomed bases.
Get a gallon of Simple Green and a simple glass jar with a lid. Fill 'er up and soak em for a couple days - it'll strip the paint from the models, and it'll break down any glue. PVC glue comes off completely, generally in chunks; use a toothbrush for complete removal. Super-glue doesn't come off as cleanly, but becomes this non-sticky gelatinous mess that you can pick off fairly easily. It's safe to use on plastics and metal models both.
The simple green won't dissolve anything, it'll just loosen all the bonds holding the paint and glue down. You have to give everything a decent scrubbing under running water to get it 100% clean.