Customs: Help Needed - How to remove factory paint from clear plasic?

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  1. Optimist_Prime

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    There is paint need to remove on a colored translucent surface. I really don't want the plastic to fog up. How can I remove it w/o compromising the plastic?
     
  2. Sabrina_Ng

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    Try tamiya compounds? The coarse version. It's red capped. It'll probably make your clear surface shine even more :) 
     
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    I've used 70% alcohol on the Alt Smokescreen and Alt Skids windows before and had great results.
     
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    i have had some red transparent parts from an energon toy in 70% alcohol for like 3 weeks now and it hasnt lots its red colour. i dont no what to do.
     
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    Unfortunately you won't be able to suck the color out of it, due to it more than likely being cast in a clear red plastic. Sorry Luke.
     
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    ...hmm
     
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    If the parts are painted, the paint should come right off; if the parts are molded in that color, the only thing you can do is paint over it. Know that the color you place on top (if it's transparent) will blend with the color of the mold.
     
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    It depends on Which parts they are, Hotshot's gun was made in clear plastic and painted red a lot of early wave 1 versions of Energon weapons were painted in their respective colors.

    If it's molded in color the only other things you can do is dye them to change the color if their bot weapons you can only make them darker (Dark Blue/Purple/black)
    The con weapons are easier to dye and can take (muti shades of green/red/orange/purple/smoke/black).
    Or buy Transparent paint or regular paint to change the colors
     
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    ok. but what would i do if i want the piece to be clear.

    and im not trying to highjack this thread.
     
  10. Optimist_Prime

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    I've never heard of that stuff, but use their paints all the time. I assume hobby shops have it?

    This is for a cyber key, but same idea I guess. You had no fogging up of the plastic? How easy was it to remove the paint? I mean did you have to let it soak, or will spot applications do? I only want to remove paint in a certain area.
     
  11. MegaMoonMan

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    You make a mold of it and cast a new one. There's no way to make colored plastic clear.
     
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    It's relatively easy, but you just have to be patient. For a Cyberkey, I'd recommend using some Q-tips and just soaking the Q-tips, then rub the unwanted paint area. Rub away the paint with the Q-tips. I DO NOT recommend soaking parts in alcohol over long periods of time. That being said, I do occasionally soak a very tiny part in a container filled with alcohol and let it sit for a while. I've done this with visors from Alt heads and such like that.

    Paint on a Cyberkey should come right off, though.
     

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