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Made in au
Dark Angels Neophyte Undergoing Surgeries





Perth Western Australia

Hi all,

Back in my day, when you sprayed too much paint and let it dry, you had to then remove it with mineral turpentine. Then you had to make sure you didn't leave it in there too long or it would melt the plastic into a globule and then it disintegrates.

While I have turps and am happy to do it, I was wondering if anyone else had better ideas?

This is not acrylic GW paint. It's a white primer (2 thin coats) then a yellow base coat, followed by several washes which I am now certain I did in the wrong order.
But to be honest, I think I killed it from the start with too many coats and I didn't need the white. At all.

Any advice is appreciated.

Abs

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Sure Space Wolves Land Raider Pilot





Folkvang

Depends on the circumstances but generally, simple green is my go to. You can water it down if it's a thinner paint coat. If it's thick, go full tilt and leave it in it overnight. Usually does the trick. Sometimes I have to soak models for a couple days depending. Good luck!

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Dark Angels Neophyte Undergoing Surgeries





Perth Western Australia

 Freya wrote:
Depends on the circumstances but generally, simple green is my go to. You can water it down if it's a thinner paint coat. If it's thick, go full tilt and leave it in it overnight. Usually does the trick. Sometimes I have to soak models for a couple days depending. Good luck!


Hi! Thanks. Do you means this stuff?
https://www.bunnings.com.au/simple-green-1l-green-concentrate-all-purpose-cleaner_p4470509?store=2260&gclid=CjwKCAjw2ZaGBhBoEiwA8pfP_ik02ozgUvn6yIPm9ek-12xKuVtNSeEwpK0SqhcCMjRAH9T2-BE0MBoC9nsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Really? OK then I'll give it a shot.

Abs  
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut





I use bio strip 20
   
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Jovial Plaguebearer of Nurgle





Albany, NY

My go-to for plastic models is usually isopropyl alcohol plus scrubbing, and a quick dip in some lacquer thinner for stubborn paints but that's real touchy with risking damage to the model. I had a large batch of stubborn models and tried out this stripper for plastics and have really been impressed:
https://www.minutemanscalemodels.com/product-p/10568.htm
I haven't figure out what's actually in it, but it's been safe to leave a big batch of Space Hulk Genestealers that were spray primed in overnight and the paint flakes right off with a quick pass of a wire brush followed up by a toothbrush with alcohol for any leftovers. Think I'm going to use this from now on, but it's certainly more expensive than Simple Green, which I've never been impressed by as a stripper.

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Made in au
Dark Angels Neophyte Undergoing Surgeries





Perth Western Australia

Thanks everyone for the advice.

Abs  
   
Made in ie
Regular Dakkanaut





Ireland

Dettol works for me. Leave them to soak for a few hours, brush off paint with toothbrush (old, not your current one!), give a second soak if necessary.
   
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Anti-Armour Swiss Guard






Newcastle, OZ

Just WEAR gloves and other PPE if you are going to be putting your hands into not-diluted dettol.

That stuff WILL take skin off. It also isn't pleasant to get in your eyes.

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Grovelin' Grot





Edmonton, Alberta

I let models soak in isopropyl alcohol for a day, scrub, soak again, scrub, and so on until it comes off. Works great on plastic and it even works to soften plastic glue. I did this recently to entirely strip my old AOBR models and it worked great. There will be some primer still stained on the plastic which might appear to be leftover paint, but it’s fine it’s just staining nothing more
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut





One of the reasons I use bio strip 20 is it removes paint as well as the other options here but it doesn’t stink and won’t damage your skin. Not sure what it’s made of, your hands will go extremely smooth and you won’t be able to hold onto anything so wear gloves IMHO.

But a 20 min soak removes paint just aswell as anything else I have used and doesn’t seem to harm your plastics.

I personally can’t stand chemical smells and I used dettol once and the whole house stank of dettol so will Never do it again
   
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Fresh-Faced New User





ISO worked for me, specifically I used 91% but it did kind leave the plastic feeling dry and powdery afterwards
   
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Regular Dakkanaut





Ireland

The smell of Dettol doesn’t bother me as it just smells of clean to me as we use it so much to mop the floor and clean after the kids. But yes, wear gloves. Word of warning though, Dettol seems to make nitrile gloves perish so you might need a back up pair or two if you’re doing a longer session.
   
 
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