Customs: Stripping paint from clear plastic

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  1. Boy Blunder

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    Hello Radicons! I've just started my first major project, using a RTS Bumblebee. I know that soaking the parts with paint on them in isopropyl alcohol will help with removing the paint, but I was curious about one thing that I haven't been able to find covered much.

    Many of you may be familiar with this, but Bumblebee's canopy is made of the same clear plastic as the windows. I remember reading somewhere that using the alcohol trick can cause the clear plastic to 1) become more brittle, and/or 2) cloud up. Is either of these (or both) true? If so, what would be the best way for me to remove the paint from the clear plastic areas? I would like to keep sanding to a minimum until I have to plan out where painted parts are going to come together. Thanks!
     
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    I don't know about it making clear parts brittle. I've test soaked numerous parts - some molded in clear plastic - for extended periods of time (hours, days, even weeks) in either 91% iso or paint thinner and haven't had any issues. However, the clear parts will become cloudy. In my experience, both the alcohol and thinner do this, but I honestly couldn't care less as I typically repaint the entire figure anyway.
     
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    i did that with a bb head and it did damage the head to the point i had to resculpt the face
     
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    I've never had an issue, save for a little bit of clouding.
     
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    Thanks for the head's up, guys. About how cloudy are we talking? I was planning on recoloring the windows anyway, but I'd prefer to keep them translucent.

    Yow! Care to share details so I can avoid doing that to mine?
     
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    I always use 91% iso alcohol on my clear parts. In fact, I soaked a Classics Magnus chest/windows in it and removed the paint I had put on it originally years ago. No clouding or brittle plastic here. The trick is to not leave it in too long. I left mine in for maybe 45 minutes, then took it out and scrubbed with an old toothbrush, wiped with paper towels (to help remove as much paint as I could at that point, then dipped it back in for another 30-45 minutes. I repeated a bit and finally had it all nice and clean again. Also, the paints were Testors acrylics, just for reference.
     
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    Everyone's advice here has been pretty solid. I'm currently playing with 5 different repaints of the BB mold, each in a different stage of completion, but for each of them I used a old ratty t-shirt that was going to be tossed out and 91% rubbing alcohol and the paint wiped right off the roof without issue or soaking needed and nothing got brittle on any of them.

    Looking forward to seeing what you're making!
     
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    Thanks for all the advice guys. I'll probably get to the first stage of repainting in the next week and share some WIP photos.

    Neekotron - Yeah, I would've loved to have started a Bee army (Tap-Out, Glyph, etc) but unfortunately got into this just as all the TJMaxx/Ross/Marshall's stores nearby have dried up most of their RTS stock. Hopefully I'll get another shot.
     
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    Amazon.com! I think they are 7-8 each there. A dollar more than Marshalls/Ross prices and if you order 4 they'll be shipped for free! Worth it if you want to get a few to play around with.

    BTW, which one was tap out? I know Glyph is Blue, Bug Bite is white.
     
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    Dark green. Technically a Cliffjumper repaint. Acts as Glyph's bodyguard in the club fiction.
     
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    Interesting. I did not know about that one. I'm working on a green one as well, but my plan was that he'd be a Nail, named Dimebag. That kinda' puts a cramp on these plans of mine. Hmmm, maybe if I paint his body white instead of black... or maybe purple.. hmm, darn.
     
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    Like I said, he's a dark green. Depending on the colors you're working with, there's any number of ways to differentiate yours.

    Tap-Out (G1) - Transformers Wiki

    Upon looking again, he actually appears to be a blue-green color. Hm.
     
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    LOL, just saw that and the pics on the resource here. Ok, he has a grey body, so I think my Dimebag will be ok with the black body frame, but I might have to make a Tap Out as well when these are finished.

    Lots of fun to be had repainting these BB molds! :D 
     
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    Between BB molds and Seekers, you can make infinite fodder armies, that's for sure. :lol 
     

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