Paint stripper for models

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Postby Scarecrow » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:07 pm

Hi guys

Rocketman here. For some reason my old log in doesn't work.

Anyway I need to strip an entire 1/16 tank. Any suggestions. The one I've tried just reduces bits to a cleggy mess(and yes it is a plastic model stripper)

Does anyone have any experience in the UK with using brake fluid as a stripper? If so can you recommend a brand and type?

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Postby forgebear » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:14 pm

try mr muscle spray oven cleaner take your tank to bits and place in a poly bag spray oven cleaner in leave it 24hrs wash off and use a toothbrush to clean repeat process :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:00 pm

Here’s my 2 cents worth. I’m not in the UK but I’ve used common brake fluid to strip model railroad plastic locomotive shells and rolling stock for 35 years. I simply apply with an old toothbrush and check it every 15-30 minutes until the paint scrubs off easily. The time varies so be cautious. I’ve never melted the plastic with it so far. Be sure to test an inconspicuous area first just in case and wear vinyl gloves.

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Postby Jofaur86 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:18 pm

Hello :D
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Apply same os abowe,rinse with wather and détergent ;)
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Postby paulc » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:49 pm

I myself brought a second hand Tamiya king tiger and although the build was good and had a couple of after market bits fitted the paint job was horrid. I used Mr muscle oven cleaner sprayed over and left in a bag for a couple of mins then scrubbed at it with an old toothbrush. this removed the paint I had to hit a couple of spots a few times but did the trick. the only thing I found was the paint had stained the plastic, but a coat of primer and your well away. I don't know if this is due to the type of paint as I don't know if it was painted using acrylics or enamels, But it worked for me. just remember to really rinse of afterwards.

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Postby Eastern Front » Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:45 am

I believe that carburetor cleaner will remove it real fast too, not sure if it stains the plastic though..
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Postby capt midnight » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:30 am

I've used the Easy-Off method for years, never harmed any plastic or vinyl kits I used it on. The regular stinky, eat your skin stuff seems to work best, and it seems to work better on flat paints than gloss.

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:41 pm

I've seen most of the above used successfully but, just out of interest, has anyone ever asked the major paint manufacturers? I'd have thought acrylics would need something different from enamel, polycarbonate etc. I wish you luck!
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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:39 pm

I once contacted testors about removing flat enamel from the rattle can, and they recommended Easy-Off oven cleaner.
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Postby Jimster » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:38 pm

I’m going to use Easy Off next time just to try it out.

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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:51 pm

I was stripping the paint from a 1/48 scale c-47 airplane, and they told me to spray on a good coat of Easy-Off, let it sit for about 45 minutes, and then run it under cold water and scrub with a toothbrush. Repeat as necessary. That worked great, and that's been my paint stripping method ever since.
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Postby Scarecrow » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:55 pm

OK, lots of ideas there!

Thanks and I'll let you know how I get on.

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Postby Scarecrow » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:47 pm

Yeah.....


That didn't work out.

Bought a product designed specifically for models called
CLEAN SLATE.
Well it went straight through the paint and then started to eat away at the plastic. Not completely melted but eroded edges enough that there was no saving the turret I was working on.

Anyone got a ztz99 turret for sale :(

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Postby Max-U52 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:27 pm

Check heng long's store on AliExpress. That's the name of the seller.
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Postby Scarecrow » Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:57 pm

Ok, so the stuff that's supposed to be safe for models melted the turret.

The Mr muscle oven cleaner isn't having any effect what so ever!

Been on all day. Not a sign of anything lifting.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:20 pm

Out of curiosity, what paint are you trying to remove? Is it the Heng Long factory paint?
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Postby jarndice » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:17 pm

I have had good results with Acrylic Thinners,
DONT use Tamiyas Thinners, It is far too expensive,
I use "Servisol Electronic Cleaning Solvent" (Isopropanol Alcohol) in a I litre can which is far cheaper,
Apply with a lint free tissue and rub the paint off, Not too much thinners at a time,
Then sponge the thinners off with cold water.

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Postby Scarecrow » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:18 am

Son of a gun-ner wrote:Out of curiosity, what paint are you trying to remove? Is it the Heng Long factory paint?



Hiya. Its not the factory paint for sure. Someone did a digital camo on this tank and it's like a thick enamel almost gloss. Under that is a satin green. It's super thick in places.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:56 am

Oh, that's not good. Maybe it's time to try brake fluid on the turret. I'm guessing the hull is the same. Probably easier to get another tank, unless this one has all the upgrades, and aftermarket chassis etc.
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Postby Scarecrow » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:02 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:Oh, that's not good. Maybe it's time to try brake fluid on the turret. I'm guessing the hull is the same. Probably easier to get another tank, unless this one has all the upgrades, and aftermarket chassis etc.



When questioned by Mrs Rocket as to why another tanks just rocked up I'll point her your way....

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