1. I was going to suggest a fine grit sandpaper, but thats ruled out... This stuff is great for removing paint mistakes, or even paint that wasn't a mistake but you want it gone! To remove dried acrylic film, you may use PollyScale Easy Lift Off Remover No. Suggest trying it on a small part first. just read here that it's not a good way to go about it it doesnt looked to have damaged to model but as per posts here it will have stripped oils from the plastic. 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. The other week I tried the same method on a couple of old kits, but it didn't touch the paint. 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. I'll give Mr M another go. 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. Method Two: Use a paint scraper or a putty knife to remove the existing paint from the plastic item. Vinegar works best on latex paint. Don't worry, what seems like a failed model now will soon be ready for a new primer coat and the whole problem a distant memory! Another vote for brake fluid here. Interested in this as I just stuffed up a 1/48 lightning :(. Powered by Invision Community, WW2 aircraft, British WW2 AFV's, Motorbikes. Testors Model Master High Gloss Clear Gloss 1/2 oz Hobby and Model Enamel Paint #2780. I fill a Sterilite Container (You can use RubberMaid,Tupperware,Gladware, etc..) (Mine's about the size of a shoebox) that has a lid about 1/2 full with CSC, then I just place the parts in it and let them soak. Britmodeller.com Enamel thinner will attack the plastic after a few minutes of the plastic soaking in it. Last time I got some from Faversham Model Shop. You can use household chemicals such as Castrol SuperClean, BleachWhite, Simple Green or even Easy Off oven cleaner. Your best bet is to use the antiseptic solution or oven cleaner, and just let the … Caustic Soda mix with boiling water generates toxic fumes so it has be done outside. By After soaking for about 24 hours, you'll find that most paint ready to remove. 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. What I did was wash it well if washing up liquid and the. Scrape off the paint gently and avoid putting too much pressure on it. I have not tried it … i used mr muscle oven cleaner to remove the enamel (sprayed and bagged overnight) then agitated with a brush and water in the morning. I suspect that the new oven spray cleaners are now 'more user friendly'. 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. For oven cleaner, spray the model and seal it in a plastic container to keep the fumes inside, the help dissolve the paint. For this, a plastic putty knife or a razor blade would be suitable. 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. Model Master Acrylic Cleaner 50497A 4 oz. Modelling in general, aircrafts in particular. Only down side is that it is rather expensive. The cab side walls are too delicate to withstand the amount of pressure needed to remove the paint. 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. Boil it in a mixture of water with a few scoops of Tide in it. If there are still some paint left in the plastic item, proceed to method number two. I read in this month's SAMI that Revell's new paint remover will do the job very effectively without damaging the plastic. Acrylic Paint Removal. 2. i have recently stripped back a newly painted Hawk (first build in many years) as i wasn't happy with the finish. It shifted everything including the primer. I prefer those with no leak lids that seal in moisture.Kitchen Gloves (if you don't want to get dirty). I always use Mr muscle oven cleaner that got off 4 thick coats of 20 plus year old Humbrol enamel. But most Enamel Paints are a little to thick to be used with … Thinning Enamel Paint: With a List of Thinners That Work. No matter where you do it, don`t breath it. If you used acrylic paints, WIndex will remove the paint, again follow the suggestion above. 16 replies. I have used it on two kits in recent weeks and it works fine. Does anyone have any thought or ideas on how to remove old enamel paint from plastic kits??? It attacks the paint, making it soft so you can scrub it off. 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. Alternatives to Simple Green exist, such as L.A. Boiling water and detergent. It doesn't matter if you need to remove acrylic, oil paint, enamel, or primer. It apparently even works on clear parts without fogging or other damage. However a few days later I got excruciating pain in my eye and scary visual disturbances. Rubbing alcohol helps remove paint without melting the plastic, unlike harsh paint thinners. 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. Caustic Soda is a dangerous chemical, you must wear plastic gloves and safety goggles when you work with it. Some areas may need a bit of persuasion with a gentle scrub using a toothbrush. 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. The first thing you should do is to get your plastic putty knife and try getting the paint from the plastic surface. 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. I also read the review of the new Revell paint stripper, but haven't been able to find anywhere that sells it yet. Nonetheless, be sure to wear a face mask to guard … Using petroleum based solvent will not only remove the paint but also destroy the model. 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. Enamel paints are great for painting a lot of different materials. Pine-Sol strips them all. Heat distilled white vinegar on high in the microwave for about 60 seconds. No damage to the plastic and the model has now been rebuilt for 5 years with no problems. 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. I used it on an old Airfix Boeing 737 painted with Xtracolor enamel over Halfords white primer. I suspect this will be good, but not got around to testing it on plastic. Generally about 15 minutes to 30 minutes for … I don't know if it can be done! Oven cleaner might be cheaper. Normally I let them soak overnight, but depending on the type of paint and how long the paint has had to cure, sometimes it … It's easy! This part can take a while. Yeah Rob, that's what I used to use, but the one I used recently didn't even cause the paint to blister. This is much more expensive for the amount you get than brake fluid or caustic soda, but not everyone has either of those readily to hand, so it may well end up cheaper for just this job. 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. How about a lovely solvent... Oh, not that either https://modelrailwayengineer.com/how-to-paint-stripping-plastic-models Q - Can this strip paint from plastic without damage? I've used Fairy Power Spray as well. The paint will soften and you can wipe off with a paper towel. Mind you, it wasn't Mr Muscle so there may be a difference. You can use household chemicals such as Castrol SuperClean, BleachWhite, Simple Green or even Easy Off oven cleaner. Much of all of this depends on the type of plastic on your subject. And it cleans ovens rather well too. Just scrape at the model with a toothpick until it gets … It is often used for painting miniatures and plastic models. It didn't affect the plastic although it did loosen some of the filler (Milliput) but that was easily replaced. Military aircraft - anything without 'strings', 1/48 post war ADF aircraft & RAF/FAA aircraft, http://www.biostrip.co.uk/paint-stripping.html. 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. 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. Use enough to fully submerge the miniature. I have many interests including model making, Trackdays, Skiing, Walking, Competitive Esports, Computers, Greenhouse gardening and more recently Modelling. Pick at the Model. Usually for sale in Sainsbury's and Savers. ah well its a learning curve. Works as an oven cleaner as well. Gastrol Super Clean (Purple Power) works better. If you used enamel paints then you need to look at either sanding or scrapping to remove the paint. 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. Apply the remover and leave it on the affected area until the paint starts to wrinkle. The exotic stuff mentioned above won't attack the plastic, plus, most of it is enviromentally friendly. I use it for stripping paint off EFE diecasts - and have also used it for stripping gloss paint from indoor surfaces around the house! You might want to try Bio Strip. 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. 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. A- Hello, Rub it over the painted area until you notice the paint starting... 3. In a large plastic container you can put boiling water, add Caustic Soda, Let it cool down to under 40 degrees Celsius. I has not harmed the plastic parts of the EFE models - … Testors Model Master enamel spray questions, plus paint removal questions 8271 views. Decals will be gone but clear parts remain intact. If the model you want to strip is made of metal, there’s one very cheap, simple way to remove paint from it. Sometimes things go wrong, and your model receives an imperfect paint job. I'm looking for a substance in which I can leave the parts submerged overnight. It is handy if you just want to sort out a small area with little detail. You can always buy dedicated tubs of the stuff from your local model shop (or internet supplier). I owe a lot to many folk on here. About fifteen years ago I was scrubbing Modelstrip off a partially stripped model. This should be fine to use on plastics without damage, we would recommend an inconspicuous patch test however to be sure. In some cases, a razor blade can be an appropriate tool for dried and thick acrylic paint. It's all learning and that never stops on Britmodeller I swear I learn something everyday on here. Leaves the plastic smelling pine fresh too! Won't craze the plastic like thinner can and gets the paint off. Plastic Container to hold miniatures. Place the model in a suitable container that will allow you to submerge the model in the liquid. 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 ). I've had great success with degreaser. I needed an emergency referral to an eye specialist and was extremely lucky to get off with "only" a scarred cornea. Would Dettol work on this or does that only work on Acrylic? I use dettol to good effect, just soak overnight, and the paint slides right off. I notice the mention of Modelstrip earlier in the thread. Fill a container large enough with paint stripper and soak the model for up … Simply replace the Simply Green with a like product. I foolishly used gloss black Plastikote as a base for Allclad Chrome, didn't go well. Dettol was the first effective paint stripper I found for getting acrylic paints from plastic models, but it took an AGE to work. Tesco cheapest all purpose cleaner works too but not as much as the oven cleaner. If you want to remove all of the paint then use the nail polish remover and cotton swabs to remove model paint from the crevices and small areas. If you don’t cover the entire miniature, it will be difficult to clean, and you’ll probably have to soak it again. Dried Paint Solvents Model Master Dried Paint Solvent 50495 1-3/4 oz. At this point in your project, I would wash the model with warm water and … If you used enamel paints then you need to look at either sanding or scrapping to remove the paint. 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. Years ago I successfully used spray oven cleaner to remove enamel paint on some kits I wanted to rejuvenate. It very slightly attacks surface which makes a very good key for future paint. Though I don't know as I then repainted it. F542143. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Brake fluid can serve as an acceptable alternative to paint stripper for removing paint from small metal or plastic objects. Vinegar can remove dried paint from paintbrushes, according to Reader's Digest. I recently tried this stuff http://www.biostrip.co.uk/paint-stripping.html and found it very effective. I washed it out with copious amounts of water and thought everything was OK. Step-By-Step To Get Paint Off Plastic 1. The forums are retiring in 2021 and are now closed for new topics and comments. General Melchett always provides good information so I might try that as an alternative. Enamel All enamel thinners are usable with other enamel paints. It became very dry but the weep seemed to stop. It can even remove your fingerprints. 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. https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-paint-varnish-stripper-500ml/17091. If Acrylic paint dries on or in your airbrush, use one of the cleaners to remove the dried paint. Soak the model in a tub, and it takes it back to plastic. Try soaking the parts in Brake Fluid overnight and then scrub the paint off with sandpaper. Not sure if this the most effective method, but it certainly sounds the most fun! If it is a styrene kit, then brake fluid will potentially damage the plastic. 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. Decals will be gone but clear parts remain intact. I used enamel paints (Testors) to paint a couple of model kits. Given the type of paint used, the particular plastic, and the time on the model, its possible there is just no good way to get the paint completely off without doing harm to the plastic. Soak them as needed. Any thoughts? http://www.modeldesignconstruction.co.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/ModelDesignConstruction/_486492/1/Thinner. Acrylic Thinners & Cleaners Model Master Acrylic 50496A 4 oz. Many modelers have found that this is an effective way of removing the acrylic paint without harming the polystyrene. Mix ratio I`ve used is 500 grams of Caustic Soda per litre of boiling water. What can be used to remove enamel besides thinner? Totally Awesome (which is cheaper). I've tried oven cleaner on Enamel and it doesn't work. i use either oven cleaner or brake fluid for paint removal for anything except water based- use windex for that. Strip the paint from a model before applying a new paintjob with brake fluid. Gather the ingredients and equipment that you will need for the process. (I have been told that is to much... all I know it works). I remember using it on a Heller CL-215 many years ago and it turned the plastic into a semi-rubber. With Clean Slate rmvr 2.0 you will be able to easily remove paint off of your model with absolutely zero damage to polystyrene. To strip paint off of plastic miniatures, you will need to: Fill a plastic container with the cleaner. The parts need a good wash after, as the dettol leaves a greasy film on the surface. Enamel paints have a very smooth, professional finish once they are dry and they are most often used with an airbrush. Dried paint does not come off as quickly or easily as fresh or wet paint. 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. How to Strip Paint From Plastic Miniatures. The oven cleaner is very corrosive stuff. xvtonker, You'll want to work in a well-ventilated area. It works equally as well with hard and soft plastic plus its a technique that's not just limited to smallscale modelling. Any reasonably sized container would do. To prevent the paint from building up and getting too thick, I would prefer to strip the model of paint entirely and start anew. The two morals of this are (i) that ordinary glasses are NOT sufficient eye protection when you're doing ANYTHING with a caustic substance and (ii) complacency is downright dangerous. Don't use break fluid it can cause the plastic to weep it's oils and become brittle as biscuits. Simple Green. Regular scrub brush from kitc… Place the model in a suitable container that will allow you to submerge the model in the liquid. Purple cleaners are probably the most cost-effective, known-safe way to remove paint from plastic models. 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. i used humbrol spray can primer then brush painted using humbrol enamel - black paint shows up so many imperfections. Civil aircraft in 1/144 scale .... and cats. November 17, 2014 in Paint. 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