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Hi, i have a old and badly painted army and i need to know what is the best way of stripping the paint so i can repaint them later. any ideas would be capital!
Simple Green, or as I like to call it...simply great.
Go to Home Depot or the like, ask for it. Its a non toxic all purpose cleaner. Buy a few bottles, dump your army into a bucket and fill her up with Simple Green. Wait about 12-24 hours and then take your oldest nastiest tooth brush and get scrubbing. The paint just melts away under the amazing power of simple green.
Note: Some people drown models in layers of varnish and paint, and though powerful it might take two dunkings in our amazing green friend to remove that evil.
Best, I find, to just leave them soaking overnight while you sleep. I also hear good things about using those little brushes they have in gun cleaning kits instead of tooth brushes, harder brisles for better scrubing, but then who knows and hell who even has one of those?!
simple green is great but for especially heavily painted models (esp if they oil paints or inks) I like break fluid for plastic mini's but where gloves when working with it. For metal mini's one word: Acetone. Just dunk once overnight and the paint just comes off on its own with no scrubbing. Note: acetone will melt plastic.
I have also heard spraying WD-40 on plastic works very well but I have not tried this out yet.
Simple Green gets em off metal pretty well too. I can usually run it under hot water and 90% will come off. Agree'd its not the most effective, but it gets it done, and unlike every other paint remover, its non-toxic, which is one of the multitude of reasons I <8 it.
I swear by castrol. Stripped a whole squad of wolf devestators. Had metal and plastic parts, and it just scrubbed off like it wasn't even there. Awesome