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So I bought some chaos termies off ebay and these things were caked with paint. There was a good 3 or more layers, from what I can tell they were mechrite red, red gore and finally some blood red. I managed to get off all the red, but I'm stuck with the black primer.

so far I've soaked it in simple green for 24 hours twice now and scrubbed the paint off, but the primer is still there. What I'm thinking is that for whatever reason the primer may have been sealed.

I'm wondering if anyone has any other possible methods that would work in taking off the primer. I have access to just about every possible tool and chemical that would take the paint off.

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I usually use Mean Green. A friend said that Purple Power works very well with taking off all paint relatively quickly. Though, if you use it you'll need rubber gloves. Stuff can be powerful. Today a gentleman told me about a product he's been using called LA Awesome. Seems it strips all the paint off very well, as well. I haven't tried it though but I'll be looking into getting some soon as I also have some obstinate paint that just won't come off in the Mean Green lol.

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Some primer sprays can be a bit more resillient than others. If none of Nates suggestions work, and I think they should, you could always try vehicle brake fluid.

Its tricky stuff to use. Should strip the paint right off - might ruin your plastic bases though.

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i use dettol (pure) i let it sit there for a few hours and scrub off the paint with an old toothbrush (while wearing gloves this stuff does burn your skin) it takes it all off but leaves a bit of primer in the recesses

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Is it actual Primer or Chaos Black undercoat?

Primer is a whole different kettle of fish to paint. Most contain etching agents designed to "key" into the plastic that, even if you do get them off, will leave a pretty poor surface on your mini.

If you can I'd avoid trying to get the primer off.

If it ISN'T a primer it might just be a different brand of paint. For example I use Tamiya paints sometimes as a primer because they airbrush a bit better and they will come off with ammonia or on other occasions I use Tamiya Spray cans which come off with Lacquer Thinners or White Spirit. It all depends on the primer that was used.
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It's primer

What type of brake fluid? I have some dot 3 laying around but I don't want to use the wrong stuff. I don't really care about the bases because they're going to be cut off later anyways.

Thanks for the help so far guys
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Be careful as brake fluid, more or less any type, will shift acrylic paint but not necessarily primer.
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You might try leaving them in the simple green a little longer. Sometimes it takes a while to really shift obstinate (and old) paint off of a mini. Unless you're pressed for time, I'd give the green another go but leave it in there for two to three days. That might sort out the problem and save you from having to pick up something else.

As for brake fluid, any should work. I used to use the stuff until I found Mean Green. The real downside is disposal of said fluid after you've finished with it.

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I feel your pain on the gobs of paint on a used model, I got this dreadnought that was pretty bad. I used simple green, let it sit about 24 hours, washed and brushed the paint off. Then soaked it again for another 24 hours and washed and brushed the paint off again. Most of it came off, still some bits in recesses and corners, but if you let it sit a little longer and get a stiffer brush. I use an AP brush, it's like a toothbrush but a lot stiffer, we use it when cleaning our rifles.


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I'm going to try leaving it in the simple green for a few days and then if that doesn't work move on to brake fluid. Thanks for the input
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