Customs: Alt. Sunstreaker Stripe Removal

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  1. Mr.GamBit

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    I've been thinking about removing Alternators Suntreaker's black stripes because I like the look of him without them better, like the BT version.

    I've read some things about removing Skids flames but since I have no custom experience I thought I'd ask before ruining Sunstreaker.

    Kind Regards,

    Mr.GamBit
     
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    Every problem has 2 possible solutions. This time it's not duct-tape, but alcohol.
     
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    Never read anything about duct tape, I found a method using rubbing alchol.

    Will this work on Sunstreaker? Won't it damage the yellow paint?
     
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    You'll have to be careful on the roof, as it is painted yellow with the black stripes on top. Aside from that, you should be fine, since the rest is yellow plastic.
     
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    fateastray AnakRepublikMalukuSelatan

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    Oh no, don't use tape! I was referring to -any- problem. And usually problems can be solved with either duct-tape or alcohol. =)

    Yeah the roof is a problem when both colours are painted on. I suggest masking the yellow parts (with -masking- tape btw haha) And very gently rub the stripes with an alcohol solution (70~90%)
     
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    I just tried removing the stripes. I have a 96% alcohol solution and used a Q-Tip to rub it over the stripes, so far, nothing has happened.

    Any tips?

    Thanks!
     
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    Patience, persistence, and perspiration; those three will get you most of the customs and kitbashing results that you'll ever want :) 
     
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    Does that mean I have to soak it in? I'm not sure how I should do it, if it works at all. Has anyone tried it?
     
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    no, no soaking, that'll probably do either nothing or enough to ruin the figure. Just don't stop rubbing.

    If it doesn't come off still, I'd say, sand off the glosscoat and repaint the entire thing.
     
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    Yup. Removing black paint with alcohol is never a quick process. Sometimes even the first 5 minutes of rubbing will produce little to no effect. But it WILL work with NO damage to the plastic. There's faster ways, but most risk damaging the figure, or at the very least dulling the shine in that area, making it obvious where the paint was.

    I do worry about a painted roof though--I don't have Alt 'streaker---are the roof stripes painted or tampo'd on? Tampo printing is often more "resistant" than paint, and it's nigh-impossible to remove some tampos off a painted surface without damaging the paint.
     
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    So if I rub using a Q-Tip, it should work? I don't mind if it takes a while, I just want to make sure I'm doing it the right way.

    Thanks for the help so far!
     
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    I think it may be easier to remove the paint and just paint the roof over again. That's just another suggestion.
     

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