Welcome to Librarium Online!
Is there any thing you guys can recommend for taking paint off plastic models?
I tried turps once and melted all my troops :w00t:
I know the turps/toothbrush method for metal guys, but is there anything for plastic?
Thank you kindly
I can't say I've seen it all but I live for the things that keep me hollow.
Simple Green in concentrate form( dont get the bottle with the spray nozzle get just the bottle with cap. Home Depot has itand other places like Walmart)
Okay just saw your from across the pond so I aint got a clue on where you would find it then.
I know there are a ton of threads on this, but I'll answer to the best of my knowlege. There are 3 methonds of stripping paint from plastics I have used.
1) Brake fluid. It works pretty well. Can damage poorer quality plastic if left in too long, and smells really funky. But it's easy to find.
2) Castrol Super Clean. Works the best out of everything I have used, but I have only ever found it in auto-parts stores. I have left plastic models in this stuff for 2 weeks with no adverse effects
3) Simple Green. Works almost as good as Super Clean, but is easier to find, and is totally non-toxic.
with any of these cleaners, they will only work if the mini has not been sealed. Use them at full strenth, keep the mini submerged for 3 or 4 days and scrub away with a toothbrush or bathtile brush. Also, I used Easy-Off over cleaner once. It didn't work as well, but if you need to strip a model right away, don't have the 3 or 4 days to wait, it works ok. Just spary it on the mini, wait a couple minutes and scrub away. but be careful, if left on too long this will degrade the plastic.
And with any method you use...wear good quality rubber gloves.
Not to have a knock on your post Sinjin, I only leave my models in SImple Green over night and scrub away.
thxs. I have 5 crisis suits that need salvaging.
Methylated Spirits, 3$ Aus, Local Super market = GOOD
This cleaner is Fantasic and cheep, it does not damage plastic in any way and still works well with metal (needs a little scrub with a tooth brush)
I've left models in it for two days and nothing a has been lost.
Great Stuff it is.:yes:
About six litres were used for my 3000pts of Tyranids.
About ten litres for my 2500pts of Space Wolves.
And now I'm Striping my old 2000pt Chaos Army.
Last edited by AJ Tyrant; November 19th, 2006 at 23:36.
Yay I'm getting back into the hobbie! 14/1/2011
Personally I'd recommend brake fluid. It may not be the fastest of methods (it takes anywhere from about 3-7 days in my experience) but it does a damn fine job. It's never damaged any of my models and removes all the paint. All you need is to give them a bit of a scrub with an old [tooth] brush after a few days. Works like a charm. Just remember to rinse them off with some water once you're all done.
Cheers and good luck!