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After reading Tekor's thread regarding stripping plastic minatures I was initially supprised that this was possible.. So my interest was peaked to attempt something similar.
No the problem with these things usually is that chemicals that are easily available in other countires are usually a right pain in the proverbial to ger elsewhere.. So I used the premise of a general purpose cleaner and went from that point.
Using the cheepest I could find as a starting point - 26p per bottle.. i set going (i'm not plugging anyone here)
I took a range of minature parts of varying vintages
To give you an idea of the age of the paint on some of these parts.. the arms are from my original 1993 space wolves army.. note the vintage of the power axe.. Old Skool don't cover it
I also added in some more recent parts including the body that comes from a SW battleforce
I also wanted to test resin as I am painting a lot of forgeworld stuff..
I grabbed a sprue and painted parts of it.. the red is foundation paint, with skull white, snot green and boltgun silver
I then shoved these in a pot and left them for 24hrs
Getting back from work I checked progress out and was pleasanty supprised..
These terminator parts were actually put in prior to me starting photographic evidence.. but they are old.. anyone remember the 2nd ed plastic terminators.. well this one was one that was a freebie on White Dwarf in the late 90's.. anyhoo.. see the blistering on the paint..
a quick scrub later and 90% of the paint is removed..
I then took some of the other parts and very quickly did the same thing
You can still see some paint on them.. so that proves i'm not cheating..
And the thing i am most encouraged about is the resin results.. see how there isn't a trace of paint on that sprue and that it doesn't seem to be damaged. Now i appreciate that it didn't have paint on for a long period.. I suppose I should guinnea pig something for the sake of research..
So in conclusion.. a 26p bottle of all purpose cleaner from a popular supermarket is good enough to strip models..
Cheers to you! I get a lot of questions from my guide on what to use for an alternative to Simple Green for those who can't get it, and although I try, these questions are sometimes very difficult to answer. Nice work!
Nice one Leigh.
Break fluid really makes me gag. This will make a good "un-gagging" alternative.
Cervantes: In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
Sorry if I didn't make it clear in my post.. The minature parts were left in the solution for about 24 hours..
One thing of note.. the plastic terminator was rebathed after an initial stripping as a lot of the fiddly areas were still full of old paint.. this 2nd chemical bath didn't seem to make much difference..
I was using an old toothbrush to remove the paint.. but I have subsequentally found that its just as good to remove it with a blunt hobby knife as the paint delaminates and comes away in large chunks.
For the fiddly areas I think a stiffer brush could be handy
Metal models.. I go toxic on their As@.. I use an paint and varnish paint stripper called Nitromors.. which will take the paint off a metal minature in about 10 mins.. however, just for kicks if you want to create some nice melted toxic waste scenery,, stick some old plastic minatures in there.. as you won't have much of them left afterwards.. I'll stress.. its nasty toxic gloopy stuff which requires kitchen gloves to be worn.. However, I do like the fact that I can leave an entire squad in a pot of this stuff and have them ready to undercoat in <30mins
Last edited by leighjt; February 19th, 2009 at 09:38.
Sweet! Thanks for this.
I have no problem stripping metal but plastic has always been tricky, i hear simple green is great but you have buy it in large amounts in the u.k for some reason. And why would i need cleaning fluid other than stripping paint off plastic minis? Rep to you sir!
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One thing I failed to mention on my previous posts was that I have only tested 1 type of cleaner.. I will be trying other brands.. however, it would be great if we could collate a list of known, good plastic minature paint strippers from all round the world that could be stickied in this forum..
Simple Green (USA)
Sainsburys Basics All Purpose Cleaner (UK)
Last edited by leighjt; February 19th, 2009 at 10:05.
Okay, we have some working examples of the resin and plastic minis getting their paint stripped without a scratch but, what about metal miniatures?
If it could work with metal miniatures, then I'm going to buy at least a couple of those bottles. I've got 4000 points of secondhand Tau to strip. So, I'm pretty desperate for finding cheaper alternatives.
I picked up a tip for this from a general modelling forum a while back... Fairy Power Spray works on both metal and plastic mini's.
I put my mini's in an old tin box, give a good spray over the lot and leave for a couple of hours. Quick scrub with an old tooth brush wipes the bulk of the paint off, although you do sometimes have the same problem as you had with your termie.
It's readily available from most shops for a couple of quid.
Wow awesome find dude! I may be using some of that stuff later.
For metal models i just go to the Chemists and pick up a bottle of pure Acetone. It strips the paint of the model in about 30 seconds. and i mean ALL the paint. Don't expect the model to be stuck together when you pick it out though. On a good note it doesn't disolve green stuff so any conversion work you've done will be ok. It's about 99p for a small bottle from most chemists.
Dont buy it in bulk though or you'll have the terrorist wing after you.
Was that terminator REALLY from the 90's????? Really??? Damn i feel old.