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Hey all, I need to strip some of my models of paint and I am trying to find a cheep way of stripping them without damaging the plastic. I am trying to strip a whole unit so it would have to be a method that didnt involve watching each model individualy.
Please leave the instructions for making the solution, and the instructions for how to use it. Thanks, Kelpbot
It might be tough to just dunk everyone in a solution and wait for them to come out clean without a little elbow grease - especially if they are plastic.
There might be some stuff that people have used and I am sure someone will respond if it's out there, but here is what I have done with acrylic paint on plastic and it works surprisingly good...
Take some normal kitchen cleaner, like 409, and spray it on the figure - let it sit for a few moments. Usually, I just start at one end of the line and by the time I get to the end of the line I grab the first one. Then take an old soft toothbrush and give a little scrub - hint: do this in the sink! After some scrubbing, rinse under the water and you may need to spray him down a bit more and move onto the next while he soaks for a moment. Then scrub again, if needed.
I recently had to some horses and knights and it went very fast. Although it does not get the paint out of every crevice without extra attention, it makes it good for another coat with or without more primer.
Also, keep in mind, many primers are not acrylic based (they are enamel) and if so, the base primer will not come off - but, that's Ok, since you will paint over it anyway.
I have used brake fluid. Sounds messy and it can be, but I just keep some (about a pint or so) in an old coffee can with a snap-on lid. I just dump whatever models I want to strip into it (metal or plastic) and let soak overnite. Next a little light scrubbing w/ a stiff bristle toothbrush and a rinse off and away we go.
Thanks guys. If you have any more methods that you use, please tell.
We have a common household cleaner in New Zealand called Spray n Wipe, with Baking Soda. Leave it soaking in that overnight then clean it off with a toothbrush.
I've been experimenting with Dettol Disinfectant after seeing a recommendation on here somewhere, just the basic brown coloured antiseptic stuff for cleaning cuts. It works beautifully on both plastics and metal miniatures.
Here's the good stuff, £2.69 for 750ml from Tesco.
Soak your miniatures overnight to really give the paint a good seeing to, then scrub the miniature with a toothbrush in a bucket of water to get the gunk off.
Word of warning, sweetie tins like roses are not waterproof. :lol: The kitchen was stinking after we made that mistake. I'm using a tubberware cake box, one of Tesco's 4.5l resealable ones. You will also want gloves, the paint gunk sticks to everything.
Monday night when my housemate gets back from his Easter trip we are chucking his 10 year old Blood Angel army and stripping them back to plastic. He was despondent ever since he brought them back from his parents because they are so old and they look terrible, once the first test strip came back good he's cheered up a lot, it's like he has a brand new army but all it has cost him is £10 for dettol, tubs and gloves and a day or so of scrubbing.
Thankyou very much! I will try a few of these and see how it turns out!