Customs: Paint Stripper Woes (UK)

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  1. Bovril

    Bovril Critical Miss!

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    I'm trying to strip down the paint on a custom, acrylic on plastic. Searching the forums here I see Isopropyl 91% is the standard, but I'm struggling to find anywhere that sells it. I've tried Boots, Superdrug, all the other local pharmacies and art shops to no avail. One shop said they could order in a 70% version that I suspect would be of little use.

    What gives?
     
  2. Nemesis Predaking

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    Anything above 70% seems to be hard to find over the counter (outside of Canada).
    Try asking if they have it behind the counter & your local drug store.
    70% will work, it will just take longer & require more scrubbing with a brush.
     
  3. garibaldiprime

    garibaldiprime Banned

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    You CAN NOT buy it in the uk out of a shop, trust me i have tried as i had the same problem once.
    Its stupid i know, but they just dont sell it here.
    What you will have to do is buy on ebay, its pretty cheap on there too.
     
  4. Bovril

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    As much as I hate online shopping, it does seem to be the only way, well spotted. Ordered me up some 99% which I'm guessing will do the trick.
     
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    Ebay:
    use oven cleaner unless your spot removing.
     
  6. convoymagnus

    convoymagnus Yeshua Is Mashiach.

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    Use pinesol, soak the pieces overnight, the smell is strong and may adhere to pieces for a while, watch out soft plastics (like g1 autobot cars windshield) as they may melt, I Also use testors enamel thinner and airbrush cleaner, rub it with a cottonball and will take the paint off.

    hope this helps
     
  7. garibaldiprime

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    Yep, its the perfect thing to use as it wont melt the plastic and gets all the paint off.
    If you decide to leave something soaking in it overnight though, watch out as it can cause the parts to go a bit brittle and snap in areas around pins or nubs of plastic that hold pieces together.
     
  8. chlokai

    chlokai Well-Known Member

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    have you a link to where you bought it?

    I tried paint removing for the first time with nail polish remover and almost melted my legends jazz.
     
  9. garibaldiprime

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    Ebay dude. Search for: Isopropyl alcohol.
     

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