Customs: Paint Removal Clear Plastic...

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  1. Wingsbr

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    I have a bunch of classics cliffjumpers and seekers that I want to repaint. My problem is that I've read that alcohol doesn't do well on clear plastic. My first custom (wip) of Classics Devestator has the little holes where the energon stars go, they are clear like a bubble on top of the little decepticon sybmbol, turned a milky color because they came in contact with the alcohol for a couple of hours so I know that even a small amount of time can do damage. How do I remove paint from these figures without messing up the tf itself. Any help is greatly appreciated...
     
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    paint thinner. and i'm serious. just get it off quick. or use acetone.
     
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    paint thinner. and i'm serious. just get it off quick. or use acetone.
     
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    I disagree. Acetone will MELT the plastic.
     
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    I disagree. Acetone will MELT the plastic.
     
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    Yeah I kinda thought that when they said that the reason tamiya is so good is because it has a hint of acetone to help the paint bond with the plastic. Any other ideas???
     
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    Yeah I kinda thought that when they said that the reason tamiya is so good is because it has a hint of acetone to help the paint bond with the plastic. Any other ideas???
     
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    are you serious or insane? acetone is nail polish remover. ever meet a chick with fake nails? guess what...they are made from PLASTIC!
    Gasoline is 10% acetone, and your gas tank is plastic.

    As long as you wipe the excess off and don't let it sit on there an hour, it's the best paint remover out there.


    edit to clarify that there ARE parts with higher % of cellulose, THOSE will melt.

    also, try these methods. though i haven't tried personally, i've heard some work...

    Simple Green
    Castrol Super Clean degreaser - found at auto supply stores
    Easy-Off Oven Cleaner
    Acetone
     
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    are you serious or insane? acetone is nail polish remover. ever meet a chick with fake nails? guess what...they are made from PLASTIC!
    Gasoline is 10% acetone, and your gas tank is plastic.

    As long as you wipe the excess off and don't let it sit on there an hour, it's the best paint remover out there.


    edit to clarify that there ARE parts with higher % of cellulose, THOSE will melt.

    also, try these methods. though i haven't tried personally, i've heard some work...

    Simple Green
    Castrol Super Clean degreaser - found at auto supply stores
    Easy-Off Oven Cleaner
    Acetone
     
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    Actually nail polish remover has a fairly small percentage of acetone jsut like gasoline. Nail polish remover won't eat plastic, pure acetone will eat through it within minutes and can cause warping within seconds. Trust me I've tried it. The main reason is the type of plastic used. Its the same reason some parts of TFs take dye well and others don't. If it takes dye easily then its more libel to melt when exposed to certain chemicals because the bonds in the plastic are already weaker. Though kinda cool if your going for battle damage its not a safe choice for removing paint in most cases. 90% rubbing alcohol works well however, as does goo gone and nail polish remover. However even with these long term exposure can cause warping and and clouding of hte plastic since they have to break the bonds of paint to plastic and this causes changes in the plastics chemical makeup.

    Also note that acetone has highly toxic fumes and his highly flammable and do to its flash point mildly explosive depending on how its stored.
     
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    Actually nail polish remover has a fairly small percentage of acetone jsut like gasoline. Nail polish remover won't eat plastic, pure acetone will eat through it within minutes and can cause warping within seconds. Trust me I've tried it. The main reason is the type of plastic used. Its the same reason some parts of TFs take dye well and others don't. If it takes dye easily then its more libel to melt when exposed to certain chemicals because the bonds in the plastic are already weaker. Though kinda cool if your going for battle damage its not a safe choice for removing paint in most cases. 90% rubbing alcohol works well however, as does goo gone and nail polish remover. However even with these long term exposure can cause warping and and clouding of hte plastic since they have to break the bonds of paint to plastic and this causes changes in the plastics chemical makeup.

    Also note that acetone has highly toxic fumes and his highly flammable and do to its flash point mildly explosive depending on how its stored.
     
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    I would not use acetone on any plastic surface you really want to keep. It breaks down the underlying base material too easily. Go with a milder solvent and apply elbow grease.
     
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    I would not use acetone on any plastic surface you really want to keep. It breaks down the underlying base material too easily. Go with a milder solvent and apply elbow grease.
     
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    So I still don't know what to use. I've read alot of what not to use, but I still need help. Thanks again...
     
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    So I still don't know what to use. I've read alot of what not to use, but I still need help. Thanks again...
     
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    Use nail polish remover... Or just ask Jin... He knows what he's doing.
     
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    Use nail polish remover... Or just ask Jin... He knows what he's doing.
     
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    I've done quite a few Classics CJ/BB Repaints http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=140273 And I havent had a problem with getting paint off clear plastic. In fact I'm working on a Alt Skids repaint and the much to my surprise the back half is completly clear plastic, and the paint came right off after being soaked in 90% Iso alcohol overnight
     

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