Minor/Repaint: Paint removal tips?

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  1. rabbit prime

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    So...when Transformers Prime was out I got cliffjumper. First off, bad ass mold. Nice alt mode, beefy bot mode, nice transformation scheme. Just a good over all design to me. So....I decided to try a custom. It turned out okay but I wanna start over. I got some better paint and brushes and I need a blank canvas if you catch my drift. Its painted with testors enamel gloss and flats. I don't exactly have access to a tub of thinner to soak it in and I wanna keep the windows clear if I can. Any one got any tips on how to remove the paint without hurting the plastic? And as a bonus, can anyone please tell me how to completely dissassemble the tf prime cliffjumper?
     

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    Look up Warhammer paint removal tricks. Their plastic is far weaker and the process involves a long few good hours of soaking in some kind of soap.
     
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    Did you prime it before painting it?
     
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    Purple power, just let the figure sit in a tub of it and after a while, perhaps a day or two will be needed, but after that time, it should be able to scrub clean with a tooth brush, or similar.

    I've never had any trouble with plastics, but I don't know about transparent, so, no guarantees it won't affect anything, but it should be fine.
     
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    Yes I primed and covered the Windows with painters tape for the vehicle mode but had a brain dart for bot mode. That's why I wanna do a full dissassemble too
     
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    Try 91% Isopropyl Alcohol with an old, yet good toothbrush.
     
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    Ultrasonic cleaner + some kind of cleaning solution that is friendly to plastic (I like rubbing alcohol the best). If you don't want to use an ultrasonic cleaner, a toothbrush can be used instead.

    Don't use Dettol. It reacts with certain kinds of plastic (I suspect ABS). I was trying to strip the paint from a Reximus Prime part. The Dettol made the plastic cloud over and warp.
     
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    I use rubbing alcohol for acrylic myself but I have never tried it on enamel... dunno.
    Be careful not to let clear plastic soak in alcohol for very long, as it makes it brittle and weak. Opaque plastic doesn't seem to have this problem.
     
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    Any tips for removing the top torso pin? The one at the alt mode windshield and his shoulders?
     
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    I don't have a pin punch, I've been using micro screwdrivers for the rest, but this won't budge
     

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    I don't recommend removing pins unless it's absolutely necessary. Trying to get them out and putting them in again is pain in the butt and not fun.

    The best method for removing pins is said to be an automatic centre punch.
     
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    I finally got it, used the sodering iron method and a finnishing nail to punch through. I'm wanting to try and do a super nice custom so I'm try in to be thorough. I ain't got much in the building from scratch department like some of the geniuses here, but I'm fairly confident in my painting skills so since I got it apart, I'm gonna paint it like a model kit, maybe some decals too.