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Hello, all. I was wondering what the best method of removing primer was (or paint in general.)
I have tried a Simple Green solution before but all the models ended up feeling almost squishy or sponge-like as well as all the pieces falling apart.
It was awfully windy earlier today and half of my models came out looking terrible with that dusty dry residue looking powder all over them. I am not sure if this changes anything but if it does, please to let me know.
Thank you all in advance for your advice.
My favourite method is using "Acetone Free" Nail Varnish remover. I bought mine from Superdrug for £0.99, it can be the really cheap stuff as long as it's Acetone Free. As far as I know, it can be bought in any makeup store. Dunk your models (plastic or metal) in for about a minute and you'll see the paint start to peel off. I usually scrub mine with an old toothbrush under a tap afterwards.
The best thing about this substance is that it doesn't remove glue or green stuff and works on both metal, plastic as well as resin.
I never managed to get superdrug acetone free nail varnish remover to work, but in theory it should be great (designed to remove varnish form plastic nails without damaging them). The acetone containing stuff removes paint brilliantly, but it takes half the detail with it unless the mini is metal.
I have found that any cleaning fluid, if the model is soaked long enough and at a warm enough room temperature works well. These were the results of my experiments
Unfortunately the models probably will fall to pieces, anything that can soften the paint (and most things only soften enough that you can scrub it off with a tooth brush, very few products dissolve it completely, nail varnish remover being an exception) will almost certainly soften the glue bonds. Thats not a bad thing, its easier to give a model a scrub if its in pieces and you can get to all of it, you'll just need to give it a rise and a reassemble when you are done. Oh and that wash/rise at the end is important, amazingly paint and glue don't seem to like sticking to soap/varnish remover ;-)
I've used this before, although I left the plastic models in for too long(about 40 mins,) it dissolved some of the detail and left the models rather rubbery in texture.My favourite method is using "Acetone Free" Nail Varnish remover.
Best by far for stripping minis is Dettol(the brown smelly stuff works the best) Only effects the paint and with a couple days soaking and a quick firm brushing the minis looks like new.
(although it does melt weak glue bonds.)
I've heard good stuff about Dettol, but I still thik if you go down the cleaner/disinfectant route, any product that imerse the model is goo, if left at the right room temperature, for a sufficent soak time and given a decent scrub at the end. Everyone has the chemical they swear by, but they all do the same thing, the soak into and soften the paint, and temperature effects that more than the specifics of the product.
Other methods are a little different. The alcohols, acetone and brake fluid products are different, but have their own disadvantages and dangers. I'd not touch brake fluid myself as its carcinogenic and nasty stuff. Finding the right nail varnish remover is difficult, since it relies on melting the paint, not just on softening it, thus finding one strong enough to effect the paint without being too strong and overly softening the plastic is a challenge. If you have metal models, nothing seems to beat some good strong nail varnish remover.
My only experience with alcohol has been trying Vodka, which just does not work in any way, shape or from. I'd be interested to see some results with rubbing alcohol or meths, I'll probably use those in my next attempt, but if anyone has some good before, during and after pictures I'd love to see them, as I'm sure the OP would :-D
Now you tell me, when I have a tub of disfigured... figures.
Fortunately I foresaw what would happen, and I used some models my cousin gave me
I purchased a bottle of "Non-Acetone Polish Remover" from Walgreens earlier today.
I dunked a few of my marines in for all of 10 seconds before removing them and scrubbing with an old toothbrush. After just about all the primer and paint was gone, I noticed that there were funny patterns all over the models. Each one of the models had ended up being scored and scratched by not only the toothbrush, but also my finers. All over the models were lil toothbrush marks and fingerprints. I tested this again on some extra bit I had handy and left it in for about 1 minute and the same result, only with 0 paint remnants. Just for fun I decided to splash another model in the polish remover for about half a second before brushing it. I repeated this twice on the same model so all the paint would come off but the same scratches and marks appeared.
Anyways, half an hour and 8 ruined figures later....I have decided never to trust Walgreens again and probably will not trust nail polish remover either.
Anyways, thanks for the help everyone. Hopefully the next squad I buy will not have something so disastrous happen to them.
Sorry to hear that... maybe that stuff had something else in it that could do that.
Dettol/ all purpose cleaner is a much safer bet.
I read the ingredient list on the bottle. Turns out, the "Non-acetone" stuff did contain acetone in addition to the acetate so I will for sure be contacting a few people about this.
I did do some searching and bought some fancier nail polish remover which for sure did not contain acetone. The results on my last figure were significantly better using my quick dip methods but I think I will invest in some all purpose cleaner solution for next time...just in case.
Thank you all for your advice! It is much appreciated.