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I have some old models my friend gave me that I want to use. Problem is, he SLATHERED glue all over them. They're made of the same metal as GW models. What's the best way to get it off? I don't care if I have to put them back together again, I just want the globs of glue off.
Nail polish remover(with acetone!) give them a soak, 5-10 minutes, then scrub them with a stiff bristled toothbrush. Soak and repeat until clean. This has always worked for me, the glue will usually come right off, but have a dental pick handy to get it out of those small crevices.
Beware some metallic or enamel paints though, they tend to leave a slight discoloration behind, but with no overall damage to the model.
Good thing they are metal, or else Carots' technique would have melted your models into nothing. Go with the nail polish remover, but you probably will have to wash your models thoroughly in water and re-glue them.
I have never had a model, plastic or otherwise, melt or distort from my method - ever. And I've reclaimed over 100 minis and 5 tanks(from khorne berzerkers to a land raider).
The most importat thing in using any kind of cleaning solution, is to pay attention to how long it soaks. Most people tend to ignore that fact.