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Regular Dakkanaut

How many models do you clean before changing the solution?
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Awesome Autarch

Are you talking about using an ultrasonic cleaner to strip models down?

If so, the stuff I use (Super Clean/Purple Power) does lose effectiveness as its filled with paint and super glue, etc. So I probably do two or three "batches" (8-10 figures) before replacing it.

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Regular Dakkanaut

Thanks, that's what I needed to know. I'm using half cleaner, half 90% alcohol.

Do you soak in addition to cleaning? How long does a normally painted model need to be in? Any special considerations for plastic models?
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Willing Inquisitorial Excruciator

Elverson, PA

Using a jewelry cleaner to strip paint? I never thought of that, does it work well?

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Awesome Autarch

By jewelry cleaner he just means a cheapo $30 ultrasonic cleaner (which are advertised as jewelry cleaners). The normal cheap ones will only allow a 3-5 minute burst of operation.

I sit mine by my paint desk and if I keep hitting the button for about an hour (at which point the machine almost melts itself...in fact I melted the plastic basket!) they can be stripped completely - take them out and brush them with a toothbrush while rinsing them.

Often times though I'll toss them in the cleaner and not hit the switch till the next day or so. Good stripping solutions can clean the model without any ultrasonic use ---- it just vastly speeds up the process.

Plastics don't clean quite as easily, occasionally they lose a bit of their crispness around the edges and the plastic is often stained a colour from the paint, but that's all fine - they prime perfectly well.

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