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removing acrylic paint
paulo
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Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 04:57 AM UTC
I use Clean Slate from VMS (Vantage Model Supplies)- very clean and quick to use.
TopSmith
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 05:41 AM UTC
I have also used 90% isopropyl alcohol I got from the drug store. I let it soak for an hour and brushed off all the paint.

When experimenting, always start with the least aggressive and move to the more aggressive products.

Caution: Never use lacquer thinner on plastic to remove paint. Unhappiness will follow.
Armorsmith
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 05:26 AM UTC
Break fluid does a great job but it will attack resin. I learned the hard way.
cementshoes
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC
I botched a clear coat so I tried windex which I think would be the safest and least evasive and it works amazingly.
Kharkov
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 08:14 AM UTC

Brake fluid seems to shift pritty much everything, and works best if you immerse the entire part in the fluid rather than just coating the surface, brake fluid also eats ca glue.

Drawback with brake fluid though is its not very nice stuff, and I dont think the newer versions, ie dot 4 n 5 are as potent as the good old dot 3 stuff that I dont think you can buy anymore.
Smokeyr67
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 07:52 AM UTC

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OK time for my two cents worth and i'm gonna be different lol ..oven cleaner is all i use to strip my old paint ..even removes chrome ,,i have found to strip everything down to the smallest detail ..takes about an hour to hour and a half and its done ..most will wash off under cold water and only needs like scrubbing with a soft tooth brush ..dont seem to hurt tires but then i always remove them anyway ..wont hurt clear plastic ,,never use the foaming oven cleaner..its useless ..only the nonfoaming oven cleaner ..that should give you fellas something to think about lol



Doesnt remove lacquer.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 02:40 AM UTC
I've also used Windex with ammonia to strip acrylic paint off of plastic. The best part of the deal is that my wife uses it all the time for cleaning glass, so I never have to worry about having it on hand.

For stripping chrome, which I've never seen on any armor model, household Clorox takes care of it.
jon_a_its
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:29 PM UTC

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is there a European version of Windex?

Kind regards.



http://www.dambiro.de/CHANTECLAIR-Marseilles-Universal-Grease-Remover-750ml

Sven I use this one and is incredibly effective. You have to soak the model overnight or more. Paints will strip away easily


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be careful with oven cleaner if you have P.E. its eats up super glue



....yes that's true



Fairy Power Spray (uk) if you have to shift enamel, It's still an oven cleaner, but not so harsh....
Tesco's own brand value cleaner (with ammonia) has been recommended for Acrylics but I have NOT tested this yet!
Spiderfrommars
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 11:54 PM UTC

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is there a European version of Windex?

Kind regards.



http://www.dambiro.de/CHANTECLAIR-Marseilles-Universal-Grease-Remover-750ml

Sven I use this one and is incredibly effective. You have to soak the model overnight or more. Paints will strip away easily


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be careful with oven cleaner if you have P.E. its eats up super glue



....yes that's true
Easy_Co
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 11:19 PM UTC
be careful with oven cleaner if you have P.E. its eats up super glue
jon_a_its
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 10:56 PM UTC

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is there a European version of Windex?

Kind regards.



Windolene WITH ammonia, getting hard to find in the UK though....
SFModeller
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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 04:48 PM UTC
I gave it a try this afternoon and Windex works wonder. Thanks everyone for your suggestion.
Thanh.
WARDUKWNZ
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 08:14 PM UTC
OK time for my two cents worth and i'm gonna be different lol ..oven cleaner is all i use to strip my old paint ..even removes chrome ,,i have found to strip everything down to the smallest detail ..takes about an hour to hour and a half and its done ..most will wash off under cold water and only needs like scrubbing with a soft tooth brush ..dont seem to hurt tires but then i always remove them anyway ..wont hurt clear plastic ,,never use the foaming oven cleaner..its useless ..only the nonfoaming oven cleaner ..that should give you fellas something to think about lol
tankman3rd4id
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 06:23 PM UTC
guys i have found a great paint stripper as well . its called wheasleys whitewall cleaner. you pour it in and soak your model 24 hrs later you scrub it with a tooth brush and then rinse. you will have a very clean model.
captnenglish
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 06:16 PM UTC
Windex or PineSol work for me
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 05:46 PM UTC
is there a European version of Windex?

Kind regards.
rdwing64
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 04:21 PM UTC
Soak it in windex . Awesome!
SFModeller
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 09:20 AM UTC
Thanks for the replies. I definitely will stop by a supermarket and get a bottle of Windex on my home today. Thanks again.
Thanh.
GALILEO1
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 07:59 AM UTC
I definitely third Windex! It's THE best thing to completely remove acrylic paint from a model. I stripped several models using it and never a problem. Just make sure you rinse it with water afterward and you're all set.

Rob
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 07:55 AM UTC
I recently used windex on an entire Tiger turret that had been sprayed with Tamiya. Worked well, on plastic, metal, and resin.

Go that route. Works well, and easy.
parrot
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 07:11 AM UTC
Thanh,

I have never fully stripped a model of paint,but I would also reccomend Windex.
I and many others use it to clean our air brushes.From my experience with it,It would be best to completly spray it and wait 10 or 15 minutes.Most paint will probably start to drip off.Wipe off what is left.Repeat as many times you have to.
It's only a theory but I do know Acrylics hate Windex.
Hope this helps.

Tom
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 06:35 AM UTC
Hi. Has anyone here successfully removing a bad paint job from the model ? I messed mine up and would like to start over again. I did a search on google and people are recommending from Windex to oven cleaner to soak the model in and use an old toothbrush to remove the old paint. Anyone here knows which works best ? TIA.
Thanh.