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Edinburgh, Scotland

Howdy folks!

Just recently bought a couple models from eBay for my latest project, and I often see posts about stripping paint so I thought I'd share my method here. Often I see SimpleGreen or oven cleaner or even brake fluid mentioned, some of the products mentioned aren't always available for everyone, but at least in the UK you can find Dettol, so here's my step by step guide.

Step 1:

You'll first off need some models to strip, here I have a Tech Marine and an Apothecary I picked up. As you can see, the paint is globbed on pretty heavily, especially on the poor Apothecary. Soon sort ya out fella



Step 2:

What you'll need. Here I have the models, some Dettol- Please note, you HAVE to use the old style brown Dettol, the green stuff just does nothing to paint. Also a container for the dettol and models, an old toothbrush (I'm waiting on a set of drawers and tool box arriving, hence my painting stuff being stored so hap-hazardly there ) and also a pair of rubber or latex gloves, not pictured.



Step 3:

Here, I'm using the Dettol mixed 50:50 with water, it turns a milky white, so don't worry. You do not need to mix it with water, I have used it successfully neat on plastic and lost no detail. I've had a model or two in a jar of it for about a week with no damage to detail. I mix it with water as it works fine, slightly slower, but makes the Dettol last a bit longer as you're not using so much. These models are metal, but I threw the bases in as I both couldn't be bothered removing them, and they'll be fine in there. Here's my container.



Step 4:

Leave your models in there for maybe half an hour, if you use the Dettol neat, and you're in a hurry, it'll take about 20 minutes to work to this level. This is the Tech Marine upon exit from the bath. Please use gloves as noted before, Dettol isn't the nicest mix of chemicals to inflict on your hands for any length of time.



As you can see the paint is blistered and will come off fairly easily with a toothbrush.

Step 5:
This is probably the most important point to note. Do NOT under any circumstances dip your toothbrush into water, or try and rinse off the paint under the tap. You will end up with the paint becoming a sticky, horrible goop that is far more difficult to remove from both model and your hands. I learned this the hard way and my hands were blue for roughly 4 days (another reason why i recommend gloves now). Use the bath of Dettol to rinse the model and toothbrush if you need to. It'll prevent the super goo ever forming and will help get the paint off a little quicker. After a good scrub, here's my Tech Marine and Apothecary afterward.




These guys are going to have to go in the soup again, the best thing with this is that it too (like Simple Green et al) is reusable. When the effectiveness (if using with water) is wearing off, your mix will change from white to a murky pastel brown. If you're using it neat, you'll be able to see it full of bits of paint and will be notable darker.

Hope this helps you guys!

Any questions, please ask.
   
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What's the active ingredient?

For paint stripping, rather than disinfectant purposes.

I'd be curious to compare with other household chemicals.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

I believe the active ingrediant, stripping wise, is Pine Oil and this is why it does the same job as Simple Green as it too contains Pine Oil.

Saying that, I've just checked the bottle and it also has Isopropyl Alcohol, another good one for stripping.
   
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If the models are metal, then the best substance I have found, bar none, is nail polish remover. No messing around, dip them in and scrub and the paint slides straight off. I have used this many a time and metal minis come up like new with no residue.

I have tried acetone free nail varnish remover on a couple of plastic rhinos this afternoon (one old version in a kind of milky plastic, the other a slightly less old grey plastic). I was loathe to leave the plastic in the NPR for too long as I have heard it eats it but I didn't notice anything. A quick scrub with a toothbrush and all is good.

That being said, good tutorial. I might try the Dettol in future as the NPR stuff stinks.

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Does it work with plactic (dettol)?
EDIT: Just read now that it does. Thanks for the tut before this I couldn't find any other paint stripper that I can get in Australia.

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This is something that I heard from a friend. But apparently vehicle Brake Fluid, is supposed to work about the same as this Dettol stuff. *never heard of dettol* Anyone know of this as well?

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Brake fluid will indeed work, however it is a rather nasty collection of chemicals, and cannot be disposed of at home, you are required (i believe by law in a lot of countries) to have it safely disposed of, possibly a local garage will take it.

You're in the US i see, so you should be able to find yourself some Simple Green, basically the same stuff as Dettol.

Us Brits can't get it here unless we import it, but we've got Dettol here which is far easier to get.
   
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This works perfectly. But it leaves a smell of Dettol on the guys though..

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That's the smell of purity!

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Lol well thanks.

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DukeRustfield wrote:You can't get a more different set of armies than Skaven and Ogres.

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Great tut, i use Dettol all the time..

I use it neat tho and usually leave it a good 12 hours,

But you dont waste it when you use in neat when your done just pour the dettol back in the bottle and it can be used over and over again, if you mix it with water like you did it can not be used again really unless you can store it mixed..

Just make sure if you do like me and use neat dettol and then put it back in bottle, that you label the bottle so your wife/mum dont use it on her kitchen floor like my wife did..

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Haha jim, I usually keep a jam jar or tupperware box around for it, usually looks weird enough to avoid accidental usage.

The smell will get covered up by the first coat of paint, I've got about 20 or so bloodletters and 10 space marines that were once or twice even stripped, once they're primed, no smell.
   
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Finally my germophobic ways have yielded fruit! I always have a bottle of that brown Dettol lying around to scrub stuff with so I now have a readily available paint stripper!

Thanks Marushi!

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Do you have any examples of plastic models you have striped because im having issues getting paint of of mine.

As for metal models GP takes it off in about 8 hours..

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I've always used Pinesol in the past, but just picked up some 91% Isopropyl Alcohol for the airbrush and it's scary how good that is on fresh paint...

Haven't tried it on an old mini yet though, or tested the effect of leaving plastics in it for an extended period.

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Sorry to Necro thread,m but it seemed more sensible than starting a new thread, I've got a couple of tips based on the original post, having tried dettol myself today

#1 They aren't kidding, use gloves, you can probably skip em if you're only doing a couple of minis, but what essentially happened with me was I did a large number of minis and my left hand ended up covered in a grey mulch, this partially dried and wrecked the skin on my hand (ouch :()

#2 I found that my dettol has never lost effectiveness even after turning grey/brown, but it becomes so dirty that scrubbing the paint off the minis leaves them covered in grey/brown crap, what I'm now doing is using a large amount of 1:1 dettol and water as a long soak bath, giving em a scrub and then putting em into neat dettol for about 20 minutes and using a different scrubbing brush.

#3 Use gloves

#4 a good method for scrubbing is instead of a tooth brush using two nail brushes, they're generally more coarse bridstled than toothbrushes are. Placing the mini on one then rubbing them in opposite directions tends to get most of the paint off, also solves the problem of trying to keep a grip on small parts.

#5 for getting paint out of little crevices on metal minis a mini drill (the kind you'd use for drilling holes for pinning) with a fine wire wool bit is fantastic, you can press it into cracks and it will generally work just about anywhere and a lot faster than scraping away with a toothpick

edit: this works fine on extremely old paint by the way, I've some things that were painted over 6 years ago (with citadel black screw on caps and the old citadel white pop caps, primed with white citadel spray primer).

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Thanks for this, my vanguard vets will finally look nice

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I'll never understand why people continue to think brake fluid is a good idea for stripping. There are plenty of products that are far less toxic and actually designed to clean things.

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 Marushi wrote:
Howdy folks!

Just recently bought a couple models from eBay for my latest project, and I often see posts about stripping paint so I thought I'd share my method here. Often I see SimpleGreen or oven cleaner or even brake fluid mentioned, some of the products mentioned aren't always available for everyone, but at least in the UK you can find Dettol, so here's my step by step guide.




Hey all, today I've tried using a budget all-purpose (brown liquid) that you can get from Poundland at 2 x 500ml for £1. It's massively cheaper than Dettol so will let you all know if this works. Hopefully, it'll strip my Repulsor that I got off eBay for a bargain.
   
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