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Hi,
I don't know if this is quite the right place for this, but here goes.
I'm working on some khornate terminators at the moment. The trouble is I need to remove the paint from the models for a redo. They are metal, so should be fairly resilient. Any suggestions?
 

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Just make sure if you are stripping plastic models you don't use the polish remover for acrylic nails as it will melt the model :)



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I use Simple Green. FULL STRENGTH.

Use a lidded jar. I don't know why, but keeping the contents sealed seems to work best for Simple Green to attack the paint. I guess maybe it loses it's potency when exposed to the open air? maybe, I don't know. All I do know is that I keep my jars closed with a lid and it always works to strip paint off my minis.

Let your miniature soak for no less than 4 hours. 24 hours is very much recommended. 48 hours is probably overkill but I've done it before on some older sealed models and it worked fine.

DO NOT use water to rinse the SG away BEFORE you scrub with a toothbrush (or whatever). Reason being is that the SG will continue to strip while you're scrubbing the mini. Once water is run over it, the magic is gone...that means you'll likely have a white and green foamy mess on the miniature, but stick with it and make sure you get down into all the nooks and crannies. Once that's done you can then run water over the miniature WHILE still scrubbing. This method works 100% of the time for me. Very rarely do I have ANY paint left on the miniature, including all the deep areas where paint likes to stick.

REUSE Simple Green no more than 3-5 times. If your solution no longer smells like SG, it no longer is SG. It will darken after each use and it may seem like it should be thrown out, but it will continue to strip miniatures as long as it has it's strength. Again, smell is key for knowing when to toss it out. I've had black green SG strip minis before with no problems. I've even used the same SG solution up to 10 times before I needed to change it...but it's rare. Between 3-5 times, you should check and smell the SG solution. If it doesn't even come close to smelling like SG, it's bad.

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oven cleaner works as well.
 

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seem to have got it.

I've had a go with oven cleaner and it seems to be working well. Soaked for 1 hour, and most of the paint came off without even using a toothbrush. I'm gonna give them another soak tonight to remove the last ferw stubborn bits. The just need to green stuff joint so they all fit together, and I'm away. Thanks for the tips!
 

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cillit bang

I haven't tried cillit bang. You could do a 'test run' on some plastic sprue, to see how it is affected. I've been stripping metal which is pretty resilient to cleaners.
 

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For metal models nail polish remover works best, I used it on a couple of models recently and it only took about ten minutes, and they were coated thick (second hand models).
 

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Have tried most domestic cleaners on Citadel paint. None work except for Fairy Power Spray. That eats Citadel paint in minutes and is completely harmless to plastic, white metal, resin and adhesives. See my tip on Cleaning Off Citadel Paint
 

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I use green stuff and a kids electric toothbrush. I say kids because they have a smaller brush head which gets into the hard to reach area's, and electric because it scrubs 1000 times more than you can by hand.
Plus when you stripping 20+ models you get tired of scrubbing. I'd rather just turn it on, and let it rip. Takes the paint right off, and doesn't damage the models.
 
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