Customs: Removing paint stains from white plastic??

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  1. Primal Sabbath

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    So I've got a couple of pieces of white plastic that had red paint and even some dark silvery gray paint on them. I soaked the pieces in rubbing alcohol and it took care of most of it, however I'm stuck now with some bits that won't come off. Paint isn't an option. I don't want to paint them.

    I heard scrubbing the pieces under warm water with a dish detergent with a bleach additive was the way to go. Is that true? Should I try the magic eraser method first?
    Any other methods? Thanks
     
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    I have this problem too. Using 99% rubbing alcohol sometimes helps, although sometimes it leaves a weird residue you have to scrape off.
     
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    Try the magic eraser, it's worked well getting off stubborn paint for me.
     
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    I was using 70% and it worked great for everything. It actually worked really well for the other plastic pieces that had the same red paint on them. Just not the white plastic :/

    Cool, I hope it does some good! This has been frustrating lol
    And it seems to only be the white plastic so that's why I wasn't sure if maybe over the time it's been applied it just stained the plastic. If that doesn't help I guess I'll have a go at using the dish detergent with a bleach additive.
     
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    Same for the longest time, but I found that 91% is faster and more thorough, (and it won't scar like 99%,) so I use that for regular paint modding.
     
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    Cool. I'll give this a try before using the magic eraser. Hopefully that'll do it. White plastic is tricky. First time I've ever removed paint from white plastic, of course it's stubborn lol
     
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    Actually adding a question to this --what to use for stubborn off-white plastics? (Gen. Thunderwing's calves, to be exact)
     
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    I think this is similar to that same off white. Closer to RTS Jazz, further away from say United Drift
     
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    Thunderwing's past Generation Swerve, more towards bone-whiteness
     
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    Ah! Sorry. Haven't really looked at that figure in a while lol

    Update: it looks like the 91% isopropyl will do the job. Still a slight, slight hue in very small areas, but I think I'm a few more scrub sessions away from achieving the goal.
    I used the magic eraser, and like... Nothing. So idk. Either way. Thanks everyone for the help!
     
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    A toothpick or a fingernail works best, coins will scratch and brushes are too soft.
     

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