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I have a bunch of marines I'm trying to strip, which I did by soaking them in Simple Green. They were in there a long time, so long the Simple Green had started to evaporate (I had forgotten about them, to be honest.)
Now, the most recently painted models stripped perfectly. Little work with a toothbrush under the faucet, it's like nothing was ever there. Came right off.
It's the REST of them that bother me. I scrub, and I scrub, and... nothing. These were some of the first models I ever painted. The huge difference: I used GW spray primer on some of them (on others, I used no primer at all. I said they were old ), and GW paints, as opposed to the ones I stripped more easily, which I primed using a clearcoat brush-on primer, and Vallejo paints.
I suppose I could drench these stubborn models again, but I can't help but think I'm doing something wrong. I have the household stuff (in a spray bottle) and a gallon jug of the stuff. Do I need to move up to the brake fluid/Castrol Super Clean? I'd rather not mess with harsh chemicals like that, as it makes the process more complex (read: messier).
ID go for another try with simple green. It might be a mix of stuff in the ari that couldve mixed in with the green. Also heat or coldness could probly affect t he paint itself and green. Redo it as it was probly a chemical reaction that occured over a time period.
My luck with simple green has been mixed. The stuff has worked fantastically on metal models, but I've had a bit of an issue with plastic ones depending on what was used as an undercoat/primer. I've found that it does strip the thickest of the paint off, but there is still a thin left-over black stain on the surface (though the plastic itself is not marred in anyway).
I just prime over it and everything ends up being fine anyway. How long do you soak the minis for? I usually go 1 to 3 days of soaking before I start scrubbing.
If they were your first models you might have done the same thing I did, which was paint and then glue. Super glue over paint acts as a sealer and almost permanantly adheres the paint to the plastic. Simple green has trouble getting super glue out, especially if a lot was used which was my case with my first models.
I love simple green! It doesn't hurt the model at all, plastic models will take a few days longer than the metal ones from my experience, but its deff the best model stripper ive used.
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I stripped some 10 year old plastic Assault Marines that were painted with GW paints using Simple Green. I had to give them a second dip before I was happy but it got the paint off eventually.
I say give them another try.
Happened to me too when I used easy-off oven cleaner to strip an old warboss, most of the paint came off, but it stuck in the crevasses. I'd suggest getting some oven cleaner and giving it a whirl (It doesn't melt plastic, I've tested it a few times).
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I've also had trouble stripping old plastic models. I had some that were in simple green for two weeks being scrubbed once every couple days before they were finally clean enough to repaint. The formulations of what's legal to put in spray cans for retail sale has changed rather a lot as well, so if they were really old, like early 90s (as mine were) "GW Primer" is a very different formulation that what you get now! I don't know of anything that's 'styrene safe' that will do it much faster. You can try things that aren't safe for styrene and be careful. Personally, I tend to forget about that jar on the shelf in the garage, so I don't risk it
Just pop them into a vat and forget about them for a week or so, no damage will come to them, and the black staining happens, but doesnt affect the painting surface.
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
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I've never had problems at all.
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