Customs: Help, I was dumb with lacquer thinner..

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  1. NOCV

    NOCV Cretin of Kaon

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    While prepping this head for painting, I had been using lacquer thinner to remove the paint over the eyes' light piping.

    I stripped the head in a mixture of lacquer thinner and alcohol, which left it looking pretty great. However, when I went to rinse it off in my Dixie cup of water, I mixed up my cups and dunked it in the one that had straight lacquer thinner in it.

    Thankfully I caught the mistake almost immediately and the plastic didn't melt, but I ended up with a whole lot of fogginess on the surface. Like, it was completely white and this head is orange.

    I washed it good in soap and water, and then most of it cleared away in drying. What remained I was able to rub off with between wooden toothpicks and coffee stirrers. After all of that there is still a little residue:

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    So..
    A) Is it safe to paint over as is, or..
    B) Is there a cleaner or solution I can use to better remove the remaining residue

    Thanks
     
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    I would probably do a minor (as if almost non existant) layer of sanding in the areas I could Identify. Then I would prime it and go from there.
     
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    Yaujta De-Headmasterizator TFW2005 Supporter

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    Mineral spirits could work. The good stuff, not the Walmart special.
    91% alcohol is good, too.
    I do agree with the sanding comment, though. Maybe use a very fine grit, or some Tamiya sanding sticks. They have points to get into the small recesses.
     
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    Last time I used White spirit in plastic, it made it swell like it had puss in it. I assume it is a matter of the type of plastic (Warhammer miniatures) but IDK if its safe in general.
    Did you have any success with it?
     
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    I used it to clean off some panel lining, but only a little bit. Worked wonders, though yeah, it has the potential to damage certain plastics.
    The 91% alcohol is my go-to. Soak it in there for a little while then hit it with a toothbrush.
     
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    Hm...Well mine was an experimental run. It was a badly painted second hand....well hand....and I just dipped it in there for a while. But you got me on the alcohol %, cant remember how much it was.
     

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