Customs: stripping paint off classics

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  1. kobayashi maru

    kobayashi maru Well-Known Member

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    What's the best way to do it that you've found? Thought I read somewhere that the plastic used to make them needed to be treated with care when removing the paint. Will ordinary paint removers/nail polish removers work? Should I avoid acetone based products?
     
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    Man, the jerk in me wants to tell you that acetone works best, but I just can't be that mean.

    Acetone will destroy your toy, except for the parts that are polypropylene

    Use Isopropyl Alcohol. I let mine soak in a jar of the stuff for a few hours, the paint falls right off.

    EDIT: Then use a toothbrush to get into any cracks or detail areas.
     
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    Paint thinner and acetone will eat the plastic if you soak it, though you might be able to get away with wiping it off real quick using a soaked Q-tip or cotton ball, and then washing the figure afterwards.

    Of course, that's unnecessary when you can just soak it in isopropyl alcohol for an hour or two and then just scrub the paint right off with an old tooth brush. Works like a charm.

    edit: argh! beaten
     
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    Yep the isporopyl works great. Just remember it makes clear plastic crumble, cloud up, or break in some manner. So nothing like Bumblebee's chest, Cliffjumper's headlights, etc.
     
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    Yes, isporopyl + clear plastic on classics = bad.
     
  6. kobayashi maru

    kobayashi maru Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys!
     
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    Make sure you get the 91% and not the 70%. I made that mistake and it wouldn't bring off crap.
     
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    I used testor's paint thinner, and a brush. Wasn't the fastest, but seemed to work good for me.
     
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    I just gave some failed seeker wings a quick soak in the testors thinner, and it managed to take off not only the enamel paint I was trying to get off, but the acrylic I had used for part of it, and the factory paint under it all.
     
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    Katamari Prime Hassan Chop! TFW2005 Supporter

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    I was wondering that myself, Answer achived. Does 91% Ispropyl smell? if so is it toxic, or is it like the 70%.
     
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    Definately 91% alcohol. I used it to strip Ramjet's paint apps for a Dirge repaint, and I let it soak about two hours, and with the toothbrush, all the paint apps came right off. You will have no problem with this method. The 91% alcohol retails at Wal-Mart in the HBA section for under $2.00.

    EDIT>>The 91% doesn't smell any worse than the 70%.

    BTW, pics of Dirge will be coming as soon as I finish detailing the paint apps. It is a straight repaint, because my altering talents aren't quite up to par to try to tackle that. Now when I do my Thrust....is a different story.
     

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