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#1 Imagined Realms

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:01 PM

Hi there,

 

Am thinking of repainting some of my models - just wondering if anyone has any advice re what to use for removing the existing paint jobs (if possible).

 

I'm in Australia, so any brands available here would be the preference - though I'll take whatever advice I can get!

 

Thanks in advance.


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#2 Patriarch

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 05:54 PM

Brake fluid. Leave soaking for a few hours.
Doesn't damage the plastic, though I'd suggest covering the transparent socket with blu-tac to prevent it clouding over.
I've done this to a firespray, shuttle, interceptors and bombers, it works fine.
Simple green has no effect.

#3 Effenhoog

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:50 PM

most people just seem to paint over the existing paint.  it's thin and fine details are not lost with the new paint


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#4 Parravon

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:29 AM

The trick to a repaint is to make sure your paint isn't so thick that it looks like it was applied with a spatula. I've seen some of these great models butchered by a lousy paint job.

 

And I use brake fluid and an old toothbrush on acrylic paints. It makes the paint just fall off. Doesn't work on enamel paint tho'.


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#5 Rob Jedi

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:38 AM

Just paint over the original, can even spray a thin primer over the factory paint if you want a new base coat to work from, works fine. Don't melt your ships.
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#6 Khyros

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:41 AM

I have used brake fluid and it works well on X wings.  That said... A fine airbrush cover of white/gray/whatever is your best bet.  


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

Purple Power from walmart it's like 3 for a gallon it's not toxic and it does not damage pastic. I was able to strip a ton old paint and for the most part the glue even stayed on.

You let the models soak over night and use a tooth brush. Good to go
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#8 oneway

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:45 PM

Too much mess stripping these.. just over paint, you will be fine.. many of us have done the same and we have great looking models. Check out the various paint threads. 


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#9 EmpireErik

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:52 PM

I have heard Simple Green works well. 


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#10 Sanchez

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:09 PM

Simple Green removes the wash and some of the red or blue.  Hit the models afterwards with a light coat of Krylon (or similar) brand of primer and you can paint just fine.  

 

I'm working on a Falcon and Firespray at the moment. 






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