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Ok, cheers for all the info I got about how to get a good result on painting SP's, Next question I have, what is the best thing to use to strip of the paint on both metal and plastic minitures? I have used GM paints and spray white undercoat.... I have tried just scraping off the paint, but that stuffs up the detail. Anyone? Also, which is better for under coating SP's? White or black?

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My personal preference is brake fluid. This is the method I use and have had very good results. I know there are many other methods, and I’ll name a few so you can try them out if you want. I have always gone back to brake fluid. Fill a container, pretty much any sturdy container, half full with old miniatures. Plastic, metal, or both, it doesn’t matter. Then fill the container with brake fluid enough to cover all the miniatures and a little more. Cover the container and leave it overnight. If you forget about it don’t worry it won’t hurt them. When you’re ready, take out the miniature and scrub it with an old tooth brush and dish soap. Rinse clean with warm water. No matter what method you use (except super aggressive, metal only methods) you’ll have to pick out the paint from some of the cracks. The brake fluid will probable remove all the putty and loosen any superglue joints. Take the miniature apart, clean it up and reassemble, and you’ll have a good as new mini to paint again. Take the old fluid to a collection point or garage and have it recycled. DON�T put it down your drain.

Many people have recommended pine sol, castrol super clean, oven cleaner, simple green, windex, commercial strippers and other cleaning products. You can try any or all of them to see what you like. I suggest a test soaking to ensure it doesn’t melt plastic before dropping a load of minis into the solution. Same goes for any new brand of brake fluid, test it first on an old mini or piece of plastic sprue. Thin pieces will quickly give you an answer.
 

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Well, it's either brake fluid, gasoline (Only for use outside, and no throwing matches, or smoking until you've had a shower) or turpenoid.

Gasoline Warnings: As always, it's explosive, not only that but it will also eat any bonding agents on the mini, so if you want to keep it intact go for something else, if you do use it, I'm not responsible for it eating your mini's as well, since gasoline is a wonderfully corrosive substance good for all sorts of things. (Except home made flamethrowers, as I've found out)

Turpenoid: This substance is a brand of turpentine that eats most paints in a short time, it has no scent, but is still only for use in well ventelated areas, outside is your best bet, even though it's odorless, it still gives off fumes, and can get you high/kill a whole lot of brain cells, make you nauseated, burn your throat, and other nasty side effects, I've used it with much success on paintbrushes from when I did oil painting, as well as model cars/planes/boats/shuttles, and just about everything else, it's my favorite method, but you choose what works best for you.
 

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ok whut ever u do, do NOT use pin sol on plastic guys, it works well with metal, but i found out the hard way that it doesn't on plastic (i.e losing pretty much my whole space marine army, atleast 40 guys, it sucked) i never try'd anything else, i think ima try the break fluid soon on my old eldar guys, if u try it or anythign else please post on how it goes :)
 

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Oh, and yeah, one definate do not use.

Ferric Chloride

Works great on stripping electronic products, but not on mini's.

I use it when I want to strip copper off of boards, but man, that does hell to wrenches, pliers, hangars, spoons, forks, and just about anything metal, as well as dying your skin a lovely shade of yellow/brown that doesn't come off for days.
 

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brake fluid is the best stripper for plastics and metals.
 

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Originally posted by quiksilver@Nov 17 2003, 07:59
ok whut ever u do, do NOT use pin sol on plastic guys
Pine-Sol ate up your minis... I think you are certifiably insane. I use pine-sol all the time and i've left minis in it months at a time and they are still intact. It works great as a stripper.
 

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Ok lets start with the basics...

First of all the most elemental and time consuming prosedure.
Put the models in hot water and scrub them with something like an old toothbrush or something, this should be possible.
Other ideas, try brake fluid and pine sol and so on, everything else mentioned here.

The most destructive way:
First you have to have access to some heavy machinery, a grit blasting machine.
This is for metal miniatures ONLY!!.
If possible use a plastic grit blasting machine, turn the blow pressure down to minimum and just blast the models, having some 30-40 cm. between the nozzle and the model.
Don't come and tell that this is destructive, cause I more than anyone else in here has tried it most, with metal and (with destructive result on) plastic.
Metal works fine, but when used on plastic it takes away the details in the blink of an eye...
Oh and always use proper protective clothes and equipment. :)
 

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Acetone, dissolves all acrylates.

Also organic material including human bodies.

Polystripper (UK brand name) works quickly on metal minis but creates a nasty and corrosive gas if mixed with water. Both the gel and the gas dissolves organic material including human bodies.

Brief burning works moderately well on metals. This unsurprisingly also has a detrimental effect on organic materials including human bodies.

Truly my hands and fingertips are a story to be told....
 

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Jack Blood, you scare me.

Anyways, I use Pine-sol on metals and let them soak over night. Then with a used tooth brush, I clean away all the loose paint off. Sometimes paint will stay within the cracks, so you can eaither soak them for another 24 hours or use a needle to get into the hard places (not recommended).

For Plastics I use only Brake Fluid. It is like Pine-Sol, but for plastics.
 

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i have tested many models (and ruined some of them <_< )
and i have found out the best and the most risky are white spirit and nail-polish remover
when i mean by risky, i mean risky as in 'watch out, put it too long in liquid and watch your models turn into pate')
 
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