Customs: Tattoo removal

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  1. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Anybody know how to remove the tattoos from HftD Leader Starscream? I was gonna try 70% alcohol, and then step up to 90% if that didn't cut it. However, I read somewhere on here ( can't find the thread now ) that whatever kind of paint they used is too tough for that technique. Anybody remove that paint that cares to share how they did it?
     
  2. Fishdirt

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    I'd say easy off odor free but it may be "baked" on paint. May have to hit the repaint or primer button on this one.
     
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    There shouldn't be any reason why 91% isopropyl alcohol won't do it. In my experience, black paint apps do take a little longer to rub off, but you should be able to do it with just the alcohol.

    For technique, I prefer to rip paper towels into small pieces at with just a splash of alcohol. The paper towel has a very slight abrasive quality which helps, and you'll be able to see how effectively it works by how much paint collects on it. It might take a lot of rubbing, but it should work.
     
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    IG, have you tried pming artists who have already made customs having to do this and/or posting in threads from these projects?
     
  5. Insane Galvatron

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    That's why I started this thread. I don't see any customs where this figure is tattoo free.
     
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    Can you post pictures of your progress? It seems to me that darker colors are always a little trickier to strip off regardless of the alcohol's strength.

    Soaking them in a container of alcohol for 20-30 minute increments might also help in breaking down the paint apps over time.

    Have you tried a little bit of thinner? Thinner is stronger than alcohol, but it might be enough to remove the black. Just try it on a Q-tip or cotton ball first.
     
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    A dab of paint thinner on a tissue didn't make a lick of difference to chest tattoos when i was repainting mine.
     
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    Hmm...how about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?
     
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    Testors Metalizers Lacquer Thinner.........and no muscle whatsoever.......


    Literally wipe on, wipe off like Mr. Miyagi do.....:thumbs2: 
     
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    Won't lacquer thinner damage the plastic?
     
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    A small amount shouldn't hurt. Soaking it for prolonged periods of time however....
     
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    Yeah, that's why i say wipe on, wipe off. However, the slight etching the lacquer thinnr does to the plastic actually promotes paint adhesion.

    Definitely avoid clear plastic parts.
     
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    Well, I don't plan to paint it. I just want the tattos gone.
     
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    I'd stick with 91% alcohol and some elbow grease then. You could also try some nail polish remover with acetone in it. It's milder than lacquer thinner.
     
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    Any thinner is going to dull any shine. I suggest a dremel with a polish brush after you do whatever voodoo magic works :) 
     
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    As far as JUST removing the tattoos, then no. However, there have been several who have removed the tattoos to paint SS into the movie 1 colors.
     
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    I have noticed that paint on the exteriors is incredibly tough to remove, while other paint apps- like on the bots themselves, come off pretty easily.

    91% Alc
    EZ-Off

    once I got fed up and tried acetone (don't do it).

    Next time I think I'll just primer it and be done.
     

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