I started on a quest to find the utlimate paint remover after I decided to build a space marine army on the cheap just to have something to play when I was not feeling masochistic.
Obviously I was not going to buy new marine kits when ebay sold them for 1/4th of the price or less, pre assembled and
primed. Well as it turns out the cheap models are not put together in the poses I want them is and the primer is on top of two layers of lumpy paint applied with a spatula.
So I scoured internet forums and youtube for some good advice as to what to use to get the paint off my thrift-marines without damaging the models and less importatly, my health.
All kinds of substances were tested. Acetone
smells bad, melts plastic, your face and your brain.Various products with pine oil
Gets some paint off, but leaves primer intact and does not clean very deeply.
It needs a long time to soak, and most of the time you need to repeat the process a couple of times. Also, if the original primer layer was applied with the same skill as the layer of paint, the details of the model will still be filled in with gunky primer.Stronger stuff like oven cleaner, brake fluid etc
No way man!Don't settle for any of these^
After a solid year or so of searching I stumbled upon a video where a guy recommended pure alcohol. He used alcohol to clean his airbrush, so why not try a mini.
Long story short, there is nothing like booze to get wyches to strip.Don't drink this
This eats the paint, the primer and depending on which glue is used weakens the glue enough for you to be able to take arms and legs off to repose the model.
Toothbrush still needed, and as always gloves and a well ventilated room.
I have one jar for first time soak, and one cleaner for a second soak if there is still paint left in the details. Two washes and you will be looking at nothing but grey plastic or shiny metal.
I usually soak for 24 hrs, and give the jar a whirl once or twice during the day to circulate.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.