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Hey people,

I was wondering if any of you could help me. I'm currently at a stage in my painting where I end up really liking some parts of a painted model but want to redo some other area. Do you know of a way to reliably remove paint from a small area of a model without touching the rest of the model?

I currently use a hobby knife to scrape off the paint but this usually results in more repair work needed and is impractical for some hard to reach places.

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My best advice would be to take a old brush, that you don't use anymore, and put some non-acetone nailpolish remover on it. Put a thick coat on the area you want to remove, let it sit for about 30 second and you can scrub it off with a thin scraper.

It's not optimal, but with a little practice it can do what you need to do.
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I second this. If you thin your paints, it will look fine.

As an alternative, perhaps a Q-tip with 97% alcohol (the kind used to clean an area of skin before a nurse/doctor inserts a needle) might work too.
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Firstly, I'd try to protect areas you want to keep - masking tape, blue tack, cling film etc
Then you can attempt paint removal without worrying too much about the rest of the model.
If you can get away with adding more layers of paint, then great.
q-tip with solvent (alcohol, nail varnish remover, dettol etc) will be good. Be careful not to drown the area being worked on.
Sanding pads are also great to smooth out. You can cut the sanding pad/sponge to give you sharp corners that you can work into tight areas. It's also a bit safer than using fluids.
Otherwise knife is actually great, use a blade with a rounded tip - scalpel blade no.15 is master! You can actually scrape out line work, tidy detailed features (including face) and remove fine lines.
Remember if you've removed paint completely, you'll probably want to re-undercoat it aferwards - So leave the masking in place and remove any dust particles before continuing to paint.
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I'd go with painting over the top. If your paints aren't too thick, it should be fine.
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Thanks for the responses guys! I would paint over the area, but often the wanting to remove paint is the result of trying to paint over an area 10 times because I'm not happy with the first try.

I'm gonna try the q-tip method and let you know how it goes.
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Easiest way to remoce paint froma specific area is using a cotton bud or very stiff fine brush (like the GW stipplin brush) and rub isopropyl alcohol on it, that should remove the paint fairly easily. I personally would only use the alcohol as it doesn 't get grundy unlike simple green dettol and nail polish remover.

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I've had success with a cotton bud/q-tip and white spirits/mineral spirits but I think that these might damage the plastic underneath? I'd go for some strong alcohol.

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I've had success with a cotton bud/q-tip and white spirits/mineral spirits but I think that these might damage the plastic underneath? I'd go for some strong alcohol.
It won't be a problem provided you don't leave it on for too long. I have used an acetone soaked Q - tip and a dental pick to remove a specific patch of paint before (my advise is to use alcohol though).

Do remember to varnish the parts you like prior to attempting this though! The varnish will protect the paint against the alcohol for a short period of time though it will eventually break down if you work at it too long.
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