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Ok, this is not one of those "How do I strip paint off of models?" thread. Although I've never done it, I'll have to strip some figs when I start up my marines soon, and I have a terribly-painted Rhino that I was gonna just sell, but I'm thinking I might try to Simple Green it. Anyone ever try this? I'm worried about the treads. Is it hard? Will I go insane trying to get it all off?
If you painted that Rhino using GW Citadel paints then you could try buy a bottle of "Dot3 brake fluid", pour it all into a container big enough that your Rhino could be completely submerged for 3 hours.
If it isnt painted using Citadel's acrylic paints, then you are really out of luck.. any other paints would give you a super hard time without damaging the plastic itself. My friend has done stripping metal parts painting using non-GW paints by tossing them into thinners (wall paint thinner), all the paints came off nicely and clean in 1 hour... but the plastic base/bits were melted along the process.
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Neko hit it on the head. Break fluid is the wa to go for stripping paints SAFELY off your plastics. If you are stripping of other materials (pewter) you can use a more aggressive agent (thinner).
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I plan on using Simple Green on my figs because I can pour it down the drain afterward with few worries. I think I'm ok on the basic technique, but my question is, is it possible to get ALL the paint off (Yes, I used Citadel paints and Citadel primer), even with all the cracks and crevasses, such as those around the treads? Anyone tried this?
i did a carnifex (talk about nooks and crannies) with a combination of simple green and brake fluid. Neither damaged the plastic, though both ate some of the glue joints.
Will you get all the paint out of the cracks? No, most likely not. Will it matter? Again, most likely not. I doubt you'll loose much detail, and you can go at it with an exacto knife to clean up the specific areas you want to make sure get extra clean.
I re-sprayed my stripped carni with a very light coat of primer (just enough to cover, i had to touch it up by hand) and re-painted him, and he's now the best looking of my 3.
I'm going to have similar problems with my monoliths.
A very helpful dwarf who insists on wearing no underwear advised me to try tackling it one face at a time.
This sounds like a plan, and also doesn't mean you're wasting a horrendous amount of expensive strippin materials.
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Yeah, for stripping large scale miniatures I would suggest that you do it bit by bit if possible (ie, split it to pieces), otherwise it should work on the large scale. I have stripped my dreadnought* and that was put in whole. I suppose it's up to you, I use Simple Green and found it to be very good, though I have used break fluid too. That I found it took ages to clear up, and you can't just flush it down the drain.
* [I say stripped but it only half has. This is because I believe Simple Green struggles with red paint, especially Blood Angels who have had X number of thick layers and been wearing it for a long time. This is even after leaving it for a long time ( a week plus) in concentrated Simple Green]
The long answer is . . . . .well it'll take you a while to get ALL of it out. If you use a "hard" toothbrush and trim the bristles a bit is make light work. Just leave it in the green for a day or so, the start scrubbing. You may need to repeat this process.
I've just done it on a Land raider and 3 Preds and I can say I got near 95% of all the paint off the entire model, and the tracks are very easy as its a flattish surface for the tooth brush.
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i heard brake fluid (the stuff you put in cars) gets the job done...
i have never tried it myself however so perhaps someone else has a more experienced tale of caution and application!
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