Stripping paint from old model kits?

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by PeterFor, May 12, 2004.

  1. PeterFor

    PeterFor New Member

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    Hi Everyone.

    I have a bunch of old AMT/ERTL star wars model kits that I built and painted when I was much younger. I'd like to think that now I am a little more skilled and artistic and would like to redo these model kits. What would be the best way to completely strip all the paint off these models? Would just regular paint thinner work or is there some other technique?

    Thanks in advance

    Peter
     
  2. King Ranger

    King Ranger Sr Member

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    If they are plastic/styrene kits, regular thinner would most likely eat the kit. Try soaking them for a few days (or more) in a high concentrate solution of household cleaner, like 409, Fantastik, etc. Anything that says do not use on painted surfaces. Personally I have a bucket filled with a solution of half water, half cleaning solution called "Purple Power". Strips almost all my kits clean in about a week or so. If I used and enamel paint of the kit it take a little longer but still comes of all the same. Also a little scrubbing with a toothbrush or dishwashing pad helped.

    Or you could try an oven cleaner too, but I'm not sure if it eats plastic or not. There will be other suggestions pop up, I'm sure.

    Ryu
     
  3. Honus

    Honus Sr Member

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    I use Castrol Super Clean. It does a great job stripping paint and chrome and it won't hurt the plastic like some finger nail polish removers can.

    Jerome
     
  4. PeterFor

    PeterFor New Member

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    Thanks very much for the tips guys, I appreciate it.

    I will give it a shot as soon as possible! I'm starting to get back into model building again so you may be hearing more from me over the next few months [​IMG]

    Just an aside, Jerome, I read your post in the OT forum and just wanted to say my thoughts are with you and your family.

    Take Care

    Peter
     
  5. Robert McLain

    Robert McLain Sr Member

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    If it is a styrene kit then Easy-Off oven cleaner works great. Not sure about resin, vinyl or ABS though.

    Robert[​IMG]
     
  6. PeterFor

    PeterFor New Member

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    Thanks Bigvade

    I'm pretty sure it's a styrene kit, at least I think that's what ERTL kits were made of. (At least I hope)

    Peter
     
  7. Homeless_Tan

    Homeless_Tan New Member

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    Easy-Off is the way to go.[​IMG]


    Oh yeah, and you gotta love the fresh lemony scent.
     
  8. Raygun

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    Easy-Off works on resin too. I'm guessing it'd work on vinyl, but I haven't tried it. Simple Green, 409, and Orange Clean also do a pretty good job of removing most acrylic paints. Stay away from nail polish removers, since some contain acetone and it'll eat the plastic, but it's safe on resin if you have some tough spots you can't get off. For resin kits I also found a paint remover at the auto store in a spray can that just eats the sh** out of paint. Do NOT use it on plastic though. I bought it to strip my motorcycle tank. You spray it on and it foams up and the paint is supposed to be scraped off in 30 minutes. HA! I sprayed my tank and went in the house to get a cup of coffee and when I came back out the paint was sliding off the tank in clumps. Pretty creepy stuff, but it worked great and I had a shiny bare metal tank in less than an hour including sanding off the small rust spots.

    Raygun
     

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