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PostSubject: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06 2011, 14:11

So I'm sure some of you guys have had a "mistake"...or wanted to sprint strip old models...

I was just wondering, does anyone know any paint strippers that is very effective for plastic models?? (one that won't destroy the plastic)

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06 2011, 14:58

If you're in the UK, Dettol. Get an empty jar, put two capfuls of Dettol into it, add enough water (hot or cold - no discernible difference in effect) to cover the model, leave it for two days (giving it a shake every now and then) and brush off paint with a toothbrush.

DO NOT leave a model in there for a month like a friend of mine did, because all you will be left with is an undefinable amorphous glob of plastic.

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P.S. If you're in the US, I've heard good things about something called SimpleGreen.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06 2011, 15:01

Yeah..no, none of those areas.

From australia, sooo this dettol thing...is this that sanitary/hygiene company? And if it is, which of its product do I use??

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06 2011, 15:06

Brake fluid for cars works as well. Any sort of a commercial degreaser works (think restaurant supply stores) if you let them sit for long enough. Spray on oven cleaner works as well. Here in the US I use Simple Green. The key is to leave them alone for at least a few days.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06 2011, 17:55

I stand by my simple green. I HATE stripping models but the fresh sent and good effect of the stuff makes if bearable. Brake fluid and some of the stronger stuff stinks and stings but simple green is earth, and people, friendly.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06 2011, 23:01

Oven cleaner! Yup got it! Time to raid the kitchen! Would the stripping ruin your model, like small details and things? And should I only leave it for 2 days or so? Like lustingclaw said?

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 07 2011, 00:05

I use regular rubbing alcohol from the pharmacist. Works quite well and almost straight away.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 07 2011, 00:24

@gunnerboy1607 wrote:
Oven cleaner! Yup got it! Time to raid the kitchen! Would the stripping ruin your model, like small details and things? And should I only leave it for 2 days or so? Like lustingclaw said?

I've never had problems with oven cleaner melting the plastic. Other kitchen degreasers have also never warped/burnt/destroyed plastics for me even after weeks of soaking.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 07 2011, 14:19

@gobsmackked- Rubbing alcohol? Like, hand sanitizers??

@ESElves- alright awesome!! Might use my other models to try it out!!! But thank you Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 07 2011, 14:58

If stuff that Gobsmakked mentioned is (CH3)2CHOH (Isopropyl alcohol) then yes, it's good stuff. I use denatured alcohol instead (just because I have 10 litre tank of it) but isopropyl is nearly the same stuff. Also it can be used to apply dry powders.

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Checked "Rubbing Alcohol" on Wikipedia. It's 70% isopropyl.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeSat Dec 10 2011, 08:50

@local_ork - ok with the iso alcohol (rubbing alcohol) does it have to be diluted with water or so? or a model can just go straight in? and would u recommend using it for a vehicle? and again, im gonna sound like a broken record and im sorry but i gotta ask it...will it warp plastic and such?

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeSat Dec 10 2011, 09:16

As a fellow aussie - go to bunnings, go to the cleaning section, buy 2ltr simple green (the green one)

Done!

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeSat Dec 10 2011, 12:02

SWEEEEEEET!!! now! i shall go......next time when i dont feel lazy Smile thanks Massaen, appreciate it! Smile

ps: is simple green the blue one? Wink haha just kidding. again thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11 2011, 01:23

Its kinda funny as they do a blue, yellow, orange, red, green and purple one!

You want the green one. I get a good success rate with it and its safe around the home, hell its meant as a multi purpose cleaner so you can clean the bathroom/kitchen if need be!

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11 2011, 02:31

@Massaen wrote:
Its kinda funny as they do a blue, yellow, orange, red, green and purple one!

You want the green one. I get a good success rate with it and its safe around the home, hell its meant as a multi purpose cleaner so you can clean the bathroom/kitchen if need be!
I use the purple stuff. Laughing I t does seem a little silly to still call it Simple Green when it comes in a million different non-green colors...

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11 2011, 14:23

The purple simple green is called simple green max. I use that stuff and it works very well.
Just be sure to put it in a container with a air tight lid.

simple green evaporates and breaks down so the lid gives it more life to break down the paint.

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 12 2011, 06:28

@Local_Ork wrote:
If stuff that Gobsmakked mentioned is (CH3)2CHOH (Isopropyl alcohol) then yes, it's good stuff. I use denatured alcohol instead (just because I have 10 litre tank of it) but isopropyl is nearly the same stuff. Also it can be used to apply dry powders.

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Checked "Rubbing Alcohol" on Wikipedia. It's 70% isopropyl.

Yes, a.k.a. Isopropyl alcohol. Have used both 70% and 99% varieties just fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 12 2011, 09:12

As a fellow Aussie, just head down to Bunnings and pick up:

For metal models - acetone.

For plastic - methylated spirits or Simple Green.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 12 2011, 16:55

At least in the US
There is an alternative to Simple Green, its a little bit cheaper and works just as well. Only thing is dont leave it and forget about it for a month as I have done as the liquid will turn the consistency of JELL-O and its a pain to get out of the crevices.

Its called Purple Power and you can find it online, at automobile parts stores or Walmart

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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 14 2011, 12:12

in the UK try and get fairy powerspray.

smells a little stronger than standard fairy liquid, but not nasty or caustic.

takes paint off resin plastic and metals. long term exposure (more than a few hours) can soften plastic slightly but nowhere near the alcohol and heavy solvent based strippers people commonly use (nail varnish remover- acetone)
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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 14 2011, 19:52

OR if you're cheap like me there is always acetone-free nail polish remover along with some old toothbrush, works nicely and works fast Smile

But it's a good idea to keep some gloves on when removing paint like this
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i'm a fan of orange scented pine sol.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 21 2011, 05:48

I removed some test paint of one of my razorwings last night with 100% acetone. rubbed paint right off with some on cotton ball. Don't submerge stuff in it, it will completely dissolve the plastic, superglue, and some resins/epoxies.

Any alcohol will work pretty well. Denatured, methyl spirits, and rubbing alcohol are all different chemicals, but should all work the same. The biggest differences for paint stripping are how fast they dry, how corrosive to metal and toxic they are. The metal corrosion shouldn't matter unless you leave it there for months. Other names they are sold under are wood alcohol, grain alcohol (denatured without additive to avoid liqueur tax), SLX alcohol, methanol, surgical spirit and fuel alcohol.

The names used vary greatly from place to place, for instance in my part of U.S. all rubbing alcohol is isopropanol and in others it's denatured ethanol and england blends the two and calls it surgical sprits. Besides the point since they will all strip paint/remove superglue, and are toxic if swallowed.
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PostSubject: Re: Paint stripper - what to use?   Paint stripper - what to use? I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 21 2011, 14:54

@Local_Ork wrote:
If stuff that Gobsmakked mentioned is (CH3)2CHOH (Isopropyl alcohol) then yes, it's good stuff.

Any idea why isopropanol doesn't work for me? Got it in 99%, analysis clean, and somehow it seems not to interact with the paints. Although I only tried it on models AFTER brake fluid - can that be the case?

Break fluid of DOT-3 class does wonders. Makes the paint fall off in pieces. However there's problem with paint in the recesses. a DO.

DOT-4 Break fluid. a DON'T. EVER. REALLY. Smile

There are also acrylic thinners (based on acetone, like nail cleaner). a DONT (like above) Smile

Another choice is acrylic paints cleaner (or whatever you call it in English) available from many paint producers. We have one in Poland (for fellow Poles here) by WAMOD company - works well and is ridiculously cheap (about 1,5€/180ml). Definitely a DO.

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