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Hi -

I've got a load of models that have been painted really badly, and in a colour scheme that doesn't fit with my army. Most are metal, but there are a few plastics as well - the thing is that I have no idea how to strip the paint. I've heard of people doing it, but what do I use? Is it recommended, or do I risk destroying the model? Should I just paint over or something? What are my options?

Thanks in advance,

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Jac "Baneblade" O'Bite
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Dettol - simple as that - you know the stuff that made you cry as a kid when you had to clean a wound.

If its plastic shove it in there for about 6 hours, check it and then scrub the metaphorical shit outa it, wash, scrub, wash, scrub etc untill the mini's clean.

If its metal shove it in for as long as you like and then scrub and wash. On metal it shouldn't need to much scrubing.

Good thing about dettol is that you can reuse it.
 

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Or, since you live in oz and can't get your hands on simple green and don't want to waste money on Dettol, you can do this:

Buy some Ajax spray and whipe (the yellow bottle) and soak the mini in there for about 10 mins. Get an old toothbrush and scrub as much paint off as you can. Then wash them with water and soak them in methylated spirits for about 5 mins and repeat the brushing. Should get rid of ALL paint without damaging the mini. This works for Plastic minis too.
 

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Jac "Baneblade" O'Bite
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I wasn't outing your method - I've never used it personally as I barely have enough time to paint the mini's i have without bothering to repaint them - I was just clarifying.
 

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dettol
i use it all the time, works best.
actually, i think dettol is used for plastic, while i use a stronger solution for metal models
very effective, and if you use the metal brushes (from hardware shops, painting shops) for the metal models, you get awesome results
also, with the plastic, just use a toothbrush. old ones best. heh
but...i dont think dettol is a waste of money, its recommended by GW too. (staff, not officially haha) you can also just use it for everyday things too. 2 in 1 you could say!
 

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Heh, I use Life brand nail polish remover. Non acryllic remover for plastic models, and acryllic remover for metal. Sit the model in either for 5 mins and toothbrush them to clean off the paint. Beware: the acryllic remover WILL melt plastic so be sure that the metal model you are clean has no plastic on it and that the base is removed.
 

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cellulose thinners , works on metal best , the paint simply melts away as does the primer and the super glue and green stuff and basicly everything thats not metal .leaves your mini shiny too.
Problems with cellulose thinners , its very toxic and it works very well ....on everything , it will strip the oil off your hands ,it will melt any plastic finish it touches so keep it away from anything .O and it burns very well too .
But on metal i havent seen anything do a better job with less effort .

On plastic i use brake fluid ,but to be honest do you really want to strip plastic.
 
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