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I've not touched a model for about a year now as i lost interest in the 40k universe but something has re-kindled my interest and i've sundenly felt the urge t take up the paint brush once more. It's like a drug addiction, the need to paint, model and play always comes back lol. Anyway to my point...
Alot of my models are poorly painted and in need of serious re-vamping, does anybody have tips or a way that i can remove the paint on the models or at least the majority of it as re-painting at this point will lead to a horrendous loss of detail, and i simply cant afford to start my army from scratch again.
Thanks in advance, Erk.
well how horrible is it man?
i'm redoing my imperial guard army as we speak ( 100+ guys 0_0 ) they where painted only in the basic colour, so no highlights of anything. still 1 wash with (insert colour here) and the model suddenly shows alot more detail and looked great.
but if you really want to redo them the hard way than there's a few things you can do:
simple green : works wonders according to people in the US
break fluid: nasty stuff but works well and can be bought just about anywhere
non-acetone nailpolish remover: tricky stuff because it also eats your model a bit, but i works if you learn how to do it.
after that it's up to you to break of arms'n'stuff but getting of the paint is the hardest part.
If you're in the UK, Sainsburys all purpose cleaner has stripped the paint nicely from my models painted 10 years ago, but not something my friend recently painted.
At the end of the day it's 26p so not going to break the bank if it doesn't work
I am with Vidrian on this one... I would really evaluate why you would need to strip the paint off. Is it really that thick on the model that painting a few more layers will ruin the details?
If things aren't that bad (as far as paint thickness) I would recomment painting over what you have done. No need to re-prime the figures, but rather just paint the colors you want right over what you have done. I would suggest at least doing one figure this way to see what it will look like.
I also agree that using a wash will make the difference of night and day if you were painting with solid colors and no shading/highlights. It is worth a try.
While there are situations that benefit from stripping paint - it is a real P.I.T.A. to do so. It takes time and it isn't a 100% perfect solution. You will usually still have primer residue - especially in the cracks of the details...
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Sounds like the paint is too think, and is concealing the detail. Rubbing alcohol has always worked for me. It takes a while and requires scrubbing with an old toothbrush. Let it soak for a day or two and then scrub away.
On a side note, brake fluid also works really well, it's pretty nasty stuff though but it gets the job done better than anything else I've found. Pretty expensive, mind you, about 15 quid a litre or something. Considering I had some left over from bike repairs, that wasn't too bad though.