Minor/Repaint: How to remove paint?

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  1. Cavadus

    Cavadus Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I'm looking to remove the Decepticon logos from TR Galvatron, TR Scourge, and CW Cyclonus and I'd also like to remove the flames from Generations Nightbeat.

    What's the safest method to do this and not damage the plastic?

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    A Magic Eraser would probably work.
     
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    You can use wet dry sand paper, start out with a medium grit, work your way up to a super fine grit and finish off with a tamiya polishing cloth
     
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    i second this. i suggest mr clean's version, since store brands fall apart 3x faster.
     
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    Yep, Magic Erasers are pretty darn good for simple tampo removal. I never use them on sculpted surfaces, but on areas where the paint is on a flat or curved surface, they do work well.
    I also use 91% alcohol. That stuff will kill paint fast. Put some on a Q-tip or even the corner of a paper towel and rub the paint with a circular motion. It may take a few times, but it woks perfectly without potentially damaging the plastic. I wouldn't recommend it on clear plastic, though. It can cloud it up.
    For paint removal on larger areas, I keep a tub of alcohol handy. Just opo the piece off and toss it in the tub. Wait an hour, then use a toothbrush to clean it off. Sometimes it takes longer, but the end results are almost always perfect.
    Except red from white. I hate red paint on white plastic.

    Also good, but requires more of a practiced hand to get it right without leaving scuff marks.
     
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    91% alcohol
     
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    Denatured Alcohol and a Q-tip
     
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    Thanks for all the tips, everyone. Have some magic erasers and 91% alcohol on the way!
     
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    Absolutely recommend denatured alcohol. A couple of toothbrushes and old rags are also a great supplements for the already mentioned box of q-tips, as well as a container to soak the parts in.

    I don't understand why people recommend anything else, especially brush cleaning fluid, which always leaves a residue that you have to physically scrape off (I'm going to try a warm soapy bath as a last resort, hoping that the heat will soften the residue to the point where toothbrushes brushes can actually take it off).
     
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    Who's recommending brush cleaning fluid? That stuff could potentially even eat certain plastics.
     
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    i heard somewhere that windex is also good, but i don't remember where.....
     
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    My magic erasers came yesterday and they easily and quickly took off the faction insignias. Thanks again for all the advice, everyone!
     
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