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I've seen lots of threads on how to remove paint from individual models but how would you go about stripping a tank?
e.g. suppose I want to change SM chapters from ultramarines to BA, how would I strip the blue to paint it red. It would look too messy just painting over?
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Hey there.

Have you read through the sticky article on "How to Strip Paint!"?

I'd suggest starting there.

I've used acetone and some other much scarier/carcinogenic paint remover. Both worked well enough. For metal components I've found acetone and an old toothbrush do a workman like job.

Check out the link in 'how to strip paint' on using simple green. From the posters said in there, it doesn't damage plastics or resins. I haven't tried it, but it's espoused often enough.

edit - Would it be to messy to paint over the old paint job? That depends on the old paint job. If it is smooth and doesn't obscure the detail then painting over might work well. Keep in mind a lot of smooth surfaces can betray layers of paint, but conversely so too can a vehicle with lots of detail. If smooth surfaces are lumpy or rippling, or if detail is obscured - either way it won't look good.

I have repainted several rhinos over the years with decent results.

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Thanks. I looked at the first couple of pages of that thread and could only find details on minis.
Thought of using dettol on a rag to get most of the paint off. At least my vehicles are painted regal blue so any paint left in the cracks would look like shading.
Probably only have 1 rhino and 1 or 2 preds to do at most.
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I stripped three Rhinos - bought on eBay with shit paintjobs - by soaking them in non-bleach floor cleaner. In the UK that would be Flash or a supermarket equivalent.

Worked a treat.

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I stripped three Rhinos - bought on eBay with shit paintjobs - by soaking them in non-bleach floor cleaner. In the UK that would be Flash or a supermarket equivalent.

Worked a treat.

Cheers for that. How long you soak for? A minute or two I guess would be plenty, then wipe off and leave on the radiator??
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Nah, mate. I left 'em in for days to let it really work away...

This stuff is what I used most recently, by way of an example - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flash-Purpose-Liquid-Fresh-Lemon/dp/B0046U528U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1295994564&sr=8-2. i've used other brands too, but they don't destroy plastic or metal minis - they do eat acrylic paint though! If the minis are varnished or have been spray undercoated then it will struggle to get through those, but otherwise it works a treat.
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Cheers. Might try that.
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As long as the paint isn't layed on there with a roller you should be able to do some mindor sanding (800 grit or finer) and just reprime the thing. If they paint is on their thick enough to mess with the details then what has said above should work fine.
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All my friends swear by Simple Green. I couldn't find it but did find Mean Green which is essentially the same thing and did the trick.
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