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JayC707
19-02-2010, 16:05
Hey Guys,

I picked up some minis at a good price that were plastic (spearman and archers of high elf) but unfortunately some of them had a poor paint job and I'd like to strip the paint and have them repainted.

Is this possible without damaging the plastic? If so, can you suggest how I do it? What chemical to use? Etc.?

Thank you!

Stegadeth
19-02-2010, 16:11
It's possible. Soaking the minis in Simple Green (a household cleaner) works well, but you will need to scrub them some with a small brush (I use a cheap electric toothbrush with replaceable head) to get the softened paint off. There are other options as well. Brake fluid does wonders I hear, but it isn't biodegradable like Simple Green.

Davo
19-02-2010, 16:22
Terpentine? I used to do that as a kid, not sure if it would harm the model long term or not (as you may have deducted I am not even close to being a chemist).

Tokamak
19-02-2010, 16:25
No turpentine! It damages the plastic, is very ineffective and I had to visit a doctor after inhaling it too much for my hobby as a kid.

Take Simple Green, if you can't find it then it's often sold under a different name 'Dettol'. One day in that stuff and the paint comes blubbering off without harming metal or plastic.

Jind_Singh
19-02-2010, 17:01
awesome! I am in dire need of stripping a whole bunch of plastic eldar and WOTR figures, this is good news indeed.

So for plastics we use Simple Green - what about metal models? Is there anything better for them?

Lord Malorne
19-02-2010, 17:04
Wow look at this magical (and logically placed) link :):

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6183

Dantès
19-02-2010, 17:21
Paint stripper!!





No, just kidding. Simple green is great.

Bladelord
19-02-2010, 18:10
Simple Green, sounds like something I should need to wash my old H.Elves with, where can I find it?

Ozorik
19-02-2010, 18:16
Dettol is a disinfectant, so assuming that its the same thing, a supermarket would be a good place to look.

Stegadeth
19-02-2010, 18:19
Simple Green is indeed a household cleaner and can be found on the household cleaner aisle in the supermarket here in the States. I have no idea if it is available in Sweden though, NCBE. They do have a website (http://www.simplegreen.com/) if you want to check it out.

Jind_Singh
19-02-2010, 18:37
Wow look at this magical (and logically placed) link :):

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6183

Thats awesome! I love that link! thats Lord Malorne!

sigur
19-02-2010, 18:40
You managed to get post 1400 times on Warseer and still don't know that a.) such threads go in M,P&T General Discussion, b.) there are hundreds of threads on this very topic and c.) there is a search function?

Dvnjhn
19-02-2010, 19:44
Dettol is a disinfectant, so assuming that its the same thing, a supermarket would be a good place to look.

My mate swears by this.

tezdal
20-02-2010, 00:40
Simple green works pretty well on metals too,

druchii lord narakh
20-02-2010, 02:58
purple power does it a lot faster and you do less work. cost the same and is biodegradeable

Wintermute
20-02-2010, 17:26
We already have numerous threads on this subject in the M,P&T Forum where we also have this sticky thread (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6183) with links to threads offering advice on Modelling & Painting.

We don't need another thread asking the same questions.

Thread Closed

Wintermute