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So here comes this stupid question again.. I'm going to buy some second hand Tau models to start my first warhammer 40k army and was wondering how to strip paint fro the models? I know most people say "Use Simple Green" but I live in sweden and we dont have that over here.. so.. Does anyone know of any other good ways to strip paint of models? I think most of the models will be plastic, But he played a long time ago so the models might be real old metals too.. Hopefully they are plastic and looks like the current ones..
Had the same problem you have, since I can't find simple green in Norway. What I ended up using was "grønnsåpe". Not sure if that's what it's called in Sweden, but this is what the bottle looks like:
Give them a week or so in this, and it'll come of fairly easy. Might have to do it more than once, depending on how thick the paint is, but one week with some decent scrubbing should remove most of the paint, and the rest you can just paint over.
Nice, I got a bottle of Grumme Grön Såpa. I use it to wash the floors. That works for removing the paint, Without hurting the plastic?
Yeah, grønnsåpe won't hurt your plastic minis. Even takes away the primes if you scrub enough when you are done soaking them. Just test your way to how long you need to soak them. I could remove the paint after a few days, but figured it would be easier if I let them soak a little while longer, and no harm done to them. Still a faint trace of the paint left on some of them, so I might soak them again just to get them all clean.
I don't know what you call it outside the states but a biodegradable engine degreaser will make you the happiest.
Thanks for the help! hopefully this will let me get the models as i want them once I have them ^_^ Realy looking forwards to starting 40k and Tau! ^_^
I hate simple green and even engine degreaser sounds fairly "Blah". It takes weeks to get regular acrylics off and simply cannot handle a lot of undercoats (including citadel). I spent £15 on it and soaked a range of models in it for the best part of a month and the results were entirely unspectacular.
The 3 effective ways to strip acrylics without harming the plastic are:
#3 Nail Polish Remover. So long as it's acetone free it will disintegrate the acrylic in seconds. It's very powerful but also smelly and expensive.
#2 Dettol. I don't know how available this is abroad but it's basically a pine-oil based brown disinfectant. It's very smelly but cheap enough to dunk big batches of models in neat liquid and it works in hrs rather than the weeks simple green takes.
#1 by a long way is Fairy Power Spray. You can buy it internationally and is sold in Sweden under the brand name "Yes Power Spray".
It gets to work pretty fast but I leave it for about 20 mins. It sprays directly onto the figs so you use very little making it easily the cheapest option. It turns the paint into a kind of flakey dust that can be scrubbed away very easily with no real mess. This is a huge improvement over the other options which turn the paint into a kind of disgusting gloop. It even cuts through the tough undercoat primers. Multiple applications for very thick paint will be needed but it's the cheapest, best option for stripping figs.
Plus you can use any that's left on the dishes!
Last edited by Korona; February 1st, 2012 at 18:52.
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you can use all those funky products and spend a ton of time trying to find them, or you can use.... BRAKE FLUID! the same stuff you put in your car to make the brakes work. any auto sore will carry TONS of it. it works wonders, and it wont hurt the models at all. just soak in brake fluid over night and rinse in water the next morning. if you have one of those trigger spray things on your faucet then thatll work better to get the last bits of pain out of the tiny creases but a normal running stream should work. anyway ive used brake fluid on literally hundreds of models. i bought my first tyranid army completely second hand at over 2500 points and stripped 80% of the models. done space marines, IG, and even a few high elves. super old models, ultra new models, metal plastic or resin, dot 3/dot 4 brake fluid is the best stuff ive found BY FAR. (dot3 and dot4 are the american standards for brake fluid, and are exactly the same. they should be easy to find anywhere in the world)
hope that helps!
edit* i never even had to scrub(other than with my thumb) to get the paint off. if you need anything, an ultra soft bristle toothbrush should be sufficient to remove the last tough bits of paint. trust me, this stuff works wonders.
Very nice, Thanks for all the help! I'l have to try YES too. I'l save my old toothbrush and use that to scrub the models. The army i'm buying is apparantly about 2000 points of Tau and i'm realy looking forwards to painting them ^_^
Please be aware that brake fluid is harmful and you shouldn't use it so I don't recommend the above advice. In the UK dettol is king but that fairy spray seems good. Might try it!
Always try and do the above in well ventilated areas too
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