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If you're in the US or Canada, soaking metal and plastic miniatures in undiluted Simple Green is recommended.

For those who can't readily obtain Simple Green, the original brown Dettol is the perfect substitute, again undiluted.

Both will leave metal and plastic miniatures completely unharmed, and after just a few hours of soaking the paint will come away with relative ease. I recommend lots of tissues to soak up the slimy gunk the paint is turned into. To help dislodge the gunk I cut an old paintbrush's plastic bristles down to almost nothing. Then you just leave overnight and complete the job with a second session of cleaning.
 

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i like to use the stuff from walmart, its called purple power, and its an engine degreeser, you get a gallon for 5 bucks, doesnt hurt plastic models in any way whatsoever, even if you leave them in for weeks at a time. and doesnt hurt metal either, strips em right down to the metal even if primed, without scrubbing, just run them under water after about a day of sitting.
 

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senior poopy pants said:
i like to use the stuff from walmart, its called purple power, and its an engine degreeser, you get a gallon for 5 bucks, doesnt hurt plastic models in any way whatsoever, even if you leave them in for weeks at a time. and doesnt hurt metal either, strips em right down to the metal even if primed, without scrubbing, just run them under water after about a day of sitting.
By any chance does this undo the glue bonds? The models I get second-hand that require stripping also are usually posed in a manner which would indicate that the model's spine was broken or his arms were able to freely dislocate.
 

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I use simple green myself, but i have seen and heard that the oven cleaner Easy Off does the tick rather well.

Be aware that most of the methods with require varying amounts of scrubbing, brushing, and "tooth-picking."
 

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though how long you leave them in simple green (which i use) will decide how easy the paint is to come off. You will have to scrub a bit off, but the majority will flake and wash off while you rinse it in your sink. Simple Green in wonderful stuff
 

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iv found that paint stripping somes down to personal preference. Some people swear by brake fluid for example. fairy powerspray works quite well, and so do various oven cleaners but you have to watch which ones as they dissolve gule and may melt plastic.
Personally i dont bother stripping models unless i really have to. it never seeps to work satisfactorally enough.
 

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iv found that paint stripping somes down to personal preference. Some people swear by brake fluid for example. fairy powerspray works quite well, and so do various oven cleaners but you have to watch which ones as they dissolve gule and may melt plastic.
Personally i dont bother stripping models unless i really have to. it never seeps to work satisfactorally enough.
Brake Fluid can melt plastic and you need to wear gloves. With Dettol I've got every miniature I've stripped, nigh-on completely clean. Once undercoated I guarantee you could not tell the difference between it and a brand new one.
 

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Believe it or not, I have found that the best thing to quickly strip models with is nail polish remover. Depending on the type of model, I use either regular remover for plastic models or the remover for acrylic nails on metal models. The acrylic remover WILL melt plastic though so if you try this, make sure you remove the plastic base and any plastic parts.

The good thing is that you don't have to soak the models for any length of time. I just put the model in a small bowl, pour the NPR over it and set to with an old toothbrush. One small bottle of the stuff you can get from the dollar store with easily remove the paint from 10 models or more depending on how much you use.

One caveat though is that if the model is quite old and made of plastic, there is no way in hell that NPR is going to get the original basecoat off. It will get you down to the basecoat but no farther. On metal, it is never a problem but plastic tends to absorb the basecoat after awhile it seems.
 

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Castrol Superclean AKA purple power is the best stuff ever.
 

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soaking in isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) does an ok job in a pinch
 
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