It works equally as well with hard and soft plastic plus its a technique that's not just limited to smallscale modelling. xvtonker, Civil aircraft in 1/144 scale .... and cats. If you used enamel paints then you need to look at either sanding or scrapping to remove the paint. Modelling in general, aircrafts in particular. It shifted everything including the primer. 16 replies. Tool set of bristle brushes for stripping (you can find a cheap set in the paint department of Home Depot)- one plastic, one copper, one stainless steel. Testors Model Master High Gloss Clear Gloss 1/2 oz Hobby and Model Enamel Paint #2780. It is handy if you just want to sort out a small area with little detail. Ah shame about the Oven cleaner not working, I noticed some stuff I used to use seemed a bit slow recently, Tesco General Purpose Cleaner cheapest luminous yellow stuff , Perhaps there has been a new regulation past again... General Melchett Recommends Fairy Power Spray but I have not seen any in the shops yet to try. I recently tried this stuff http://www.biostrip.co.uk/paint-stripping.html and found it very effective. Model Master Acrylic Cleaner 50497A 4 oz. I use dettol to good effect, just soak overnight, and the paint slides right off. I suspect that the new oven spray cleaners are now 'more user friendly'. Totally Awesome (which is cheaper). A- Hello, I've used Fairy Power Spray as well. What can be used to remove enamel besides thinner? Be sure to rinse well after you have the paint removed...which might require a little persuasion from an old tooth brush after soaking for a while. Your best bet is to use the antiseptic solution or oven cleaner, and just let the … I want to repaint them. i used mr muscle oven cleaner to remove the enamel (sprayed and bagged overnight) then agitated with a brush and water in the morning. You can always buy dedicated tubs of the stuff from your local model shop (or internet supplier). I've tried oven cleaner on Enamel and it doesn't work. Boiling water and detergent. I notice the mention of Modelstrip earlier in the thread. Many modelers have found that this is an effective way of removing the acrylic paint without harming the polystyrene. https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-paint-varnish-stripper-500ml/17091. Pick at the Model. The other week I tried the same method on a couple of old kits, but it didn't touch the paint. With Clean Slate rmvr 2.0 you will be able to easily remove paint off of your model with absolutely zero damage to polystyrene. Usually for sale in Sainsbury's and Savers. i have recently stripped back a newly painted Hawk (first build in many years) as i wasn't happy with the finish. Leave the model in it overnight and the paint will be all gone the next morning, doesn`t matter what type of paint it is. Try soaking the parts in Brake Fluid overnight and then scrub the paint off with sandpaper. The forums are retiring in 2021 and are now closed for new topics and comments. Brake fluid can serve as an acceptable alternative to paint stripper for removing paint from small metal or plastic objects. To strip paint off of plastic miniatures, you will need to: Fill a plastic container with the cleaner. I'll give Mr M another go. In a large plastic container you can put boiling water, add Caustic Soda, Let it cool down to under 40 degrees Celsius. For this, a plastic putty knife or a razor blade would be suitable. With either scraper, however, make sure not to apply too much pressure or you run the risk of scratching up the surface while trying to get rid of the paint. Pine-Sol strips them all. It became very dry but the weep seemed to stop. It apparently even works on clear parts without fogging or other damage. Britmodeller.com In a large plastic container you can put boiling water, add Caustic Soda, Let it cool down to under 40 degrees Celsius. Using a scraper may remove the paint from a plastic product but not all the time. Works as an oven cleaner as well. I presently have the kit soaking in Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner, wrapped up in a bag, it's been on for 4 hours but doesn't seem to be working. You'll want to work in a well-ventilated area. Caustic Soda is a dangerous chemical, you must wear plastic gloves and safety goggles when you work with it. Decals will be gone but clear parts remain intact. I have successfully stripped enamel with acetone, very quick but has to be done very gently and quickly with something like cotton buds as it will start to dissolve the styrene, but if you don't mark the surface of the plastic the acetone will evaporate and the styrene will harden back up again. Previously, the two “better” ways of stripping models I’ve encountered were using Dettol, for plastic figures, and a product called Nitromors for metal models. I used it on an old Airfix Boeing 737 painted with Xtracolor enamel over Halfords white primer. The first thing you should do is to get your plastic putty knife and try getting the paint from the plastic surface. Though I don't know as I then repainted it. If Acrylic paint dries on or in your airbrush, use one of the cleaners to remove the dried paint. Nonetheless, be sure to wear a face mask to guard … I always use Mr muscle oven cleaner that got off 4 thick coats of 20 plus year old Humbrol enamel. ah well its a learning curve. About fifteen years ago I was scrubbing Modelstrip off a partially stripped model. I washed it out with copious amounts of water and thought everything was OK. Place the model in a suitable container that will allow you to submerge the model in the liquid. Also I looks like it's faded at the extremities loosing pigmentation, if you scrape a fingernail over the plastic and it leaves a mark and is slightly gumy it's worring. If it is a styrene kit, then brake fluid will potentially damage the plastic. Method Two: Use a paint scraper or a putty knife to remove the existing paint from the plastic item. Use the vegetable-derived stuff, not the mineral oil - not sure why the distinction, but it definitely worked on twenty-year-old white enamel slopped on carelessly. I've found that soaking in Simple Green is good for removing paint from metal models, but unfortunately, in my experience, the same doesn't quite hold true for resin. Place the model in a suitable container that will allow you to submerge the model in the liquid. i found it wouldnt touch the primer coat and since it was mostly a bad primer coat (lots of overspray and i put it on too thick) i wanted to get rid of i resorted to using after some research here some fully synthetic brake fluid i had in the garage. Would Dettol work on this or does that only work on Acrylic? Be especially careful when using a razor blade; it is recommended to use it only as a last resort or when dealing with thick, dried-up paint. I suspect this will be good, but not got around to testing it on plastic. 1. I remember it was how I first discovered stripping in the 90s as I had previously thought it not possible to strip a model of plastic. https://modelrailwayengineer.com/how-to-paint-stripping-plastic-models Years ago I successfully used spray oven cleaner to remove enamel paint on some kits I wanted to rejuvenate. Boil it in a mixture of water with a few scoops of Tide in it. The paint I was removing was a Humbrol paint in matt black and Expo started to loosen this paint and it started to peel off like rubber so using a blunt knife I was able to get under the paint easily and lift it off. there is a COOSH  data sheet which may give an idea if it will affect plastic,  it didn't do anytghing to the old toothbrushes  I used to apply and scrub with though. If you used acrylic paints, WIndex will remove the paint, again follow the suggestion above. If you don’t cover the entire miniature, it will be difficult to clean, and you’ll probably have to soak it again. Enamel thinner will attack the plastic after a few minutes of the plastic soaking in it. For oven cleaner, spray the model and seal it in a plastic container to keep the fumes inside, the help dissolve the paint. Last time I got some from Faversham Model Shop. You might want to try Bio Strip. Interested in this as I just stuffed up a 1/48 lightning :(. Gastrol Super Clean (Purple Power) works better. Suggest trying it on a small part first. Use enough to fully submerge the miniature. If the model you want to strip is made of metal, there’s one very cheap, simple way to remove paint from it. Simple Green. It is often used for painting miniatures and plastic models. Dettol was the first effective paint stripper I found for getting acrylic paints from plastic models, but it took an AGE to work. I'm looking for a substance in which I can leave the parts submerged overnight. Brake fluid is commonly used in the wargaming and modeling community by modelers looking to remove an old paint job in preparation for a new one. This stuff is great for removing paint mistakes, or even paint that wasn't a mistake but you want it gone! No matter where you do it, don`t breath it. In some cases, a razor blade can be an appropriate tool for dried and thick acrylic paint. By No damage to the plastic and the model has now been rebuilt for 5 years with no problems. You might be lucky I have used it in the past but sometimes it weeps, tell tale signs are the plastic seeming dryer and kinda rough. Dried Paint Solvents Model Master Dried Paint Solvent 50495 1-3/4 oz. i use either oven cleaner or brake fluid for paint removal for anything except water based- use windex for that. Dried paint does not come off as quickly or easily as fresh or wet paint. Any thoughts? Not sure if this the most effective method, but it certainly sounds the most fun! Plastic Container to hold miniatures. It's all learning and that never stops on Britmodeller I swear I learn something everyday on here. I messed up on painting a model car and I don't want to use paint thinner and if I sanded it off it would ruin the plastic... for a styrene model the best thing to use is car brake fluid, but to be safe always wear safety glasses or a shield as some people are more sensitive to chemicals,it is safer than paint stripper and will not hurt the plastic, use q-tips to get in the small cracks and just rinse off in water also google (model hints and tips ). Purple cleaners are probably the most cost-effective, known-safe way to remove paint from plastic models. Yeah Rob, that's what I used to use, but the one I used recently didn't even cause the paint to blister. It attacks the paint, making it soft so you can scrub it off. Do not immerse. Much of all of this depends on the type of plastic on your subject. Using petroleum based solvent will not only remove the paint but also destroy the model. To remove dried acrylic film, you may use PollyScale Easy Lift Off Remover No. I have not tried it … I'm still not sure how it happened but despite wearing glasses I managed to get a splash of diluted Modelstrip in my right eye. Soak the model in a tub, and it takes it back to plastic. Gather the ingredients and equipment that you will need for the process. I read in this month's SAMI that Revell's new paint remover will do the job very effectively without damaging the plastic. http://www.modeldesignconstruction.co.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/ModelDesignConstruction/_486492/1/Thinner. However, its effectiveness for removing paint from plastic varies depending on several factors, such as how long the paint has set and the type of paint. You can use household chemicals such as Castrol SuperClean, BleachWhite, Simple Green or even Easy Off oven cleaner. Normally I let them soak overnight, but depending on the type of paint and how long the paint has had to cure, sometimes it … There used to be a product called "model strip" Good just stuff but very expensive. Remove paint from plastic by soaking My favorite method to remove paint from small plastic items is to soak it in a purple cleaner like Super Clean. Removing paint from plastic figures Ive used this technique with old models and figures, even those that have been covered in two or three coats of thick enamel paint. November 17, 2014 in Paint. F542143. Only down side is that it is rather expensive. I have many interests including model making, Trackdays, Skiing, Walking, Competitive Esports, Computers, Greenhouse gardening and more recently Modelling. Apply the remover and leave it on the affected area until the paint starts to wrinkle. Acrylic Paint Removal. (I have been told that is to much... all I know it works). 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