Customs: Acetone: yay or nay?

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  1. Neekotron

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    I've used 100% Acetone on other figure lines to remove factory paint, but I'm unsure about trying it on any TFs. I've read about the alcohol method, which sounds ok, but rather slow process.

    Would Acetone melt Has/Tak plastic if used? Is the Alcohol soak the best way to go about removing paint? Thanks in advance!
     
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    NO.

    Acetone will melt your TFs. Even acetone watered down with dye using the dying process can be risky.
     
  3. Neekotron

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    Thank you, sir! :) 
     
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    I'm curious.. What line did you use acetone on that it didn't melt the plastic???
     
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    Alcohol. The best answer to so many of life's problems.:drunk 
     
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    ^ Almost. Rubbing alcohol isn't Ethanol, which is the kind people drink. Rubbing alcohol is Isopropyl, which is poisonous if ingested.
     
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    so rubbing alcohol will work better then acetone for removing paint?
     
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    Except drinking Ethanol isn't recommended, obviously. The drinks people get aren't pure ethanol, that would still kill you. :lol 

    No, acetone removes paint far better. That only problem is, it also removes your entire figure.

    So use the rubbing alcohol. Alternatively, i've found scraping a hobby knife over plastic, after putting enamel thinner on the plastic, also works wonders, though it takes a little bit of elbow grease.
     
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    Well, yes, and even Ethanol is poisonous, just easily survivable if you don't OD.
     
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    50% Lacquer Thinner, 50% water mix also removes paint well.
     
  11. Neekotron

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    Jakks & Mattel's WWE, Toybiz/Marvel toys wrestling lines. I'd use a mix of 75% acetone 25% water with cotton balls, it works quickly, but if left on too long it would "muddy" the areas, but quick wash off usually kept that from happening.

    lol cheers!

    Ok, I'll give that a shot. Thank you!

    Thank you! Do you recommend any brand in particular? Would this also be a soak method or wipe off?

    Thanks for all the help, Radicons!

    *Edit: One more question, about the translucent plastic, do I soak that in alcohol as well? Do I need to be more careful about those areas? The first figure I'm trying this on is an extra Classics Jazz, haven't quite mastered getting pins out, so should I be careful of his roof area?
     
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    Do not soak in ANY chemical.... only alcohol. Any form of lacquer thinner will work, just make sure you water it down and work in fast wiping motions with a damp wash cloth.
     
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    Ok, will do! Thank you very much for the heads up! Sounds a lot like the acetone process I'd mentioned previously, which sounds great to me! :thumbs2: 
     
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    Z is right on. I swear buy Testors Metalizers lacquer thinner. Just DO NOT wipe it over the clear ppastics.
     
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    Oh! Yeah, would I be better off using the alcohol soak method for Tranlucent plastic? How long do I let translucent plastic soak for? Less than thicker plastics I'd imagine... can you give me an idea of how long I should do let those soak?
     
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    Another note regarding acetone:

    In the dying process, it's the agent that stimulates the plastic melting to where the dye can fully adhere to the plastic. The boiling heats the dye and also helps the acetone do its work.

    If it says anything, I've melted plastic quicker with acetone than by heating a piece. I've tried this once, and completely ruined a piece of plastic using straight acetone. I couldn't get the acetone off quick enough after application (immediately washing the piece off). Fortunately, I had a second gun for my G1 Springer.
     
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    Well with my DOTM Jolt I just did for example, I was able to get that oddball "Energon" blue paint off the windows with 70% Isopropyl alcohol and no soaking. Literally just rubbed it lightly with an alcohol soaked cotton swab.

    90-91% Isopropyl may cause a little hazing so I would avoid it on clear parts. I also don't really soak parts, I either wipe with lacquer thinner or swab it with alcohol.
     
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    When working with translucent plastic, I don't soak the parts in a container. At most, I'll place alcohol on a Q-tip, rub it on, and give it a minute or so to soak into the paint, then rub it off.

    This may take several times to fully remove the paint, but I'd rather do that than totally ruin a piece of translucent plastic. I used that process with this custom (among others): Skids (BT style) - Alternators - Binaltech Customs - TFW2005.COM

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    ("Pixie dust" tint removed from Alt Skids)
     
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    Whew! I'm glad I didn't just give it a shot and end up ruining the parts I'm using. Definitely will stay away from using it on TF's!
     
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    Big Hank, kudos for the help, man! This is sounding a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Looking forward to getting out of work to put these processes to work! :thumb 
     

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