2 lids, stripped with 4. Break fluid

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by TK7713Gra30, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. TK7713Gra30

    TK7713Gra30 Active Member

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    Just finished, well nearly these 2
    First is TE2
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    When I got this it was literally caked in paint, I mean caked
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    In the end I soaked it in 4. Break and clutch fluid
    It stripped nearly the lot
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    I went for the HDPE look again, the first image is it so far and EVERYTHING is hand painted

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    Next to my AP which I did alongside, this time I painted it and cut back the paint for the really smooth finish, but it is actually paint not White plastic
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    Nearly done, hope you like
    CFO next
     
  2. PepMaster

    PepMaster Sr Member

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    Wow, lotta layers of paint on that. Looks like 4 layers. Surprised you used brake fluid to strip the paint off. Most people I know just use a regular old paint stripper fluid.
     
  3. TK7713Gra30

    TK7713Gra30 Active Member

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    I tried alcohol, oven cleaner and didn't lift a thing
    The helmet was even worse than the ears
    I'm not aware of a fluid stripper in the uk that would have stripped it without damage so hence the brake fluid option
    It worked though
    Regards
     
  4. PepMaster

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    Yeah alcohol and oven cleaner jsut won't do anything, the alcohol will work to thin paint I think but that's about it and yeah over in the UK I can see it harder to find something to use. Still looks good though.
     
  5. Spider M Mann

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    Just an FYI: The scale modeling guys like to soak their styrene stuff in Super Clean. It's purple stuff that can be found at auto parts supply places here in the States. I haven't tried it yet myself, so I can't vouch personally, but I have seen demonstrations online and it looks like it works great.

    It's less caustic than break fluid, and bio-degradable too. It's also supposed to be super gentle on plastics.

    Just something to keep in the arsenal. I hope that it helps someone.

    (Helmet looks great, by the way!)
     
  6. Doh2

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    Excellent job on the restoration!
     
  7. exoray

    exoray Master Member

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    Super Clean works wonders and it's cheap by the gallon... I really suggest after you soak the part in Super Clean that you again soak it for 24 hours in clean clear cool water... It's gentle to many plastics but I have had it soften some plastics... Soaking it for 24 hours in clean water will leach out any remaining chemicals and brings the softened plastic back to normal...
     

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