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Mugruk

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Hi lads. I recently bought about 80 boyz off of e-bay that are badly in need of stripping. It looks as though the paint is caked on. Years ago I used either brake fluid or Simple Green to strip models. Are these still the best things used to strip models or is there a new product/procedure that's better and faster?

 

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Simple Green is pretty good. If your minis are metal a soak in simple green for a couple days and a vigorous scrubbing with an old toothbrush will do it. Assuming your 80 models arent metal, it may not be as effective. But if the paint is on reaaaally heavy i think it would work well for plastic too.

SG has the added bonus of being non toxic. I wouldnt drink it, but a lot of the toxic fumes from anything like acetone or whatever inside is a real strain on your body. Good luck! And if worst comes to worst...they are the boys who die first
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Simple green has always worked for me, not sure if it's the fastest way but always works after a few days soak then a good toothbrush scrub.

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Don't laugh, but I just use Coke.

 

Leave the minis overnight in The Real Thing, and come the morning the sludge can be taken off easily (if messily) using an old tooth brush & hot running water.


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Mek Kargob

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I've ordered Simple Green from abroad before, but obviously I'd prefer it if there were something closer to home I could get.

 

Any Brits recommend anything that's stocked commonly over here? I've heard Dettol works well.



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Dettol will work but its a pain in the arse.
Im on the look out for fair power spray myself, apprently its pretty good too.

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Mek Kargob

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Why's it such a pain? Does it make the paint gloopy so you're putting in effort to scrub at it with a toothbrush?



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Another vote for Simple Green.  Acetone is great for metal models, but it will DESTROY plastic ones, fumes, and is toxic.

 

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I am a mechanic and have stripped over 100 models using brake fluid. It takes about 24 hours of soak then a stiff bristle nylon brush or brass brush takes the paint off which peels and flakes away.

Brake fluid is safe for plastics and rubber as vehicle brake systems have seals made of them. It washes off in water and it doesn't leave the stink of dettol on your orks... I have an Ork nob called dettol because of his stench.

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I used Jif (Cif) Powerspray. I soaked the models overnight. The next day I gave them a quick scrub using more of the fluid. Then I rinsed then under running water and it worked a treat. The paint just slipped off the metal figures, the plastics took a bit more effort. Smelt nice too.


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NEVER underestimate the power of a Grot!  :nono


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I've ordered Simple Green from abroad before, but obviously I'd prefer it if there were something closer to home I could get.
 
Any Brits recommend anything that's stocked commonly over here? I've heard Dettol works well.

i've used detol plenty, you can throw your minis in a tub full and leave them a week at least without damage or softening of the plastic, only thing you have to remember is do not rinse with water until you are done stripping as it will harden the sludge and you will have to resoak.