Lately though I've found a product called "Totally Awesome" (no joke) that works well to get off paint and primer from old minis. Areas of Interest General. Circles, back in forth. The Army Painter 2 Part Modeling Clay, 20cm - Moldable Model Putty Modeling Compound for Miniatures, Easy-to-Knead Green Putty Epoxy Clay for Sculpting - The Original Green Stuff Kneadatite. To actually Strip Paint off Miniatures wait about 20-40 minutes, pop on some gloves, ensure your ventilation is good and/or if necessary, put on your ventilation mask. If they've been primed for that long, Ana, I don't think good ol' Simple Green alone will do the trick. Display as a link instead, × I think Testor's is enamel-based primer. If you only need to strip a few at a time, place them in only a couple at a time. After a one-hour soak, the paint on my F4F's firewall had softened enough that it could be gently scraped away. How to Strip With Simple Green: WarOne Style! Totally Awesome (which is cheaper). The black/green is a Reaper 2281 Crypt Wraith metal miniature and the gold/white one is a Games Workshop Stormcast Eternals Prosecutor which is plastic. If you need to strip a lot, put in a fistful. I've attempted to use a toothpick and even a metal tool to scrape some of the primer off but it's not coming off easily and I don't want to harm the mini. If you only need to strip a few at a time, place them in only a couple at a time. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page. Metal takes quicker times as their surface is less accepting than plastic for paint. Paper towel drying can remove the thin film of paint and simple green on the model. Most of the models in my gallery are formerly painted models that I have stripped and repainted. Now I use Goof Off original. It's super cheap compared to anything else people say to use, you can get 4L for ~$12 AUD (~€9), which is enough to strip even the largest vehicles (I just used it to strip paint from a land raider that was over … Reglue when everything is dried and clean. Simple Green. Hello everyone.. It'll eat it + do some funky reactions on yah. For plastic models, what this does is help loosen the paint for the plastic bristle brush you will use next. Whole Model. - posted in Painting Tutorials: What spurred my recent search to find a new and better paint stripper for plastics other than Simple Green was twofold. Still haven't tried it on Tamiya acrylic, but now I'm armed with everything needed to strip unwanted paint off my models. If Simple Green dries off the models, it may become harder for you to strip the paint. Put the minis in a jar for a day or two to soak. The Stripping Materials Compendium. Similarly, any paint chips created should be cleaned up. Soak it. Try different directions, turning the model around so that you can reach different areas. Brake fluid has a reputation for removing paint, but honestly it's more in the realm of old automotive paints - acrylics and lacquers. Rarely, something will snap off rather than at a glued joint. I buy it at my local Dollar Tree but I've seen it at Grocery Outlet and the Dollar Store as well. Works great for plastics though. Posted in Paint Stripping. - Phill says via comment: "North America also has a product called "Dawn Power Dissolver," available for about $2.00 in most Walmarts. Final word on timespans in Simple Green- I've found that the longer the model sits in Simple Green, the looser the paint gets. Totally Awesome sounds totally awesome I have a Dollar Tree close to me. It will strip paint and primer and is reusable for a long while - if you get it in the 32 oz bottle from Dick Blick for $15 it's not too bad. Also, if you fear getting dirty hands, wear gloves. Clean up afterwards. That's what it's called in Australia, overseas it can be known as Denatured Alcohol. My new paint stripper puts Simple Green to shame. Then take a toothbrush to scrub the old primer off. They're coated in thin colored layers of PVC, the same stuff they're made of. Depending on frugality, you can empty some of the Simple Green back in a contain to reuse later. I've had this same issue and I used the concentrated Simple Green which removed about 3/4 of the stuff instead of about half. You can also run the model under a faucet and clean it. Must be some differences in metals and paints used on them. Back in my day we thought "fantastic" was pretty good. By Because of the abuse my brushes have gone through, they can no longer be used for precision work. Simple Green does a nice job of removing Model Master enamel. Or, you could use a toothbrush along with soap and water. Further, metal bristles are thin and pointy. Scale Auto is the leading authority for car modelers. × Clix aren't "painted", per se. I'm having some trouble stripping off the primer that I used on my miniatures. Anastrianna, August 8, 2011 in Tips & Advice: Painting. When Simple Green can't do the job, there are a lot of alternatives out there. Painting Tips .. If your models are resin, alway wear protective headgear. AND simple green is about the only thing mentioned here that is completly non toxic and ecco friendly. In this video I cover a technique I use to strip paint from your miniatures. Hold models either with gloves or very delicately (using a thumb and index finger only works). Acetone is cheap, but smelly and melts some kinds of plastic. All members in good standing are free to post here. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. You can repeat the steps above for a second stab at the model's cleaning, but good is good enough if the paint is scrubbed down to it's almost bare minimum and priming over it will hide the prior paint job. Simply replace the Simply Green with a like product. Next day use gloves and long sleeves along with eye protection and a mask and scrub the minis with an old toothbrush. Strip em the next day, this stuff even softens hardened epoxy...it's really strong. I prefer those with no leak lids that seal in moisture. Newspaper for catching flakes of paint, globs of paint, specks of paint. Take one of the models or pieces you want to strip out of the IPA pot and put the lid back on. I've had over 50 models in a big mixing bowl with a large hard covered book keeping in the moisture. I had used simple green in the past, but I found that it leaves some kind of residue on the metal. My go to solvents when the job is a tough one are Easy Off oven cleaner extra strength in the yellow can. It also works on paint that's been on for several years (the author successfully removed 10-year old Testors from a metal miniature with a 2-day Pine-Sol soak).   You cannot paste images directly. Completely submerge you models in the cleaner for about 24 hours. Alternatively, you can rinse the models while stripping them with brushes. Plastic Container to hold miniatures. So do it while it is wet. Place in miniatures. Gotta use the concentrated version, full-strength, for easy jobs if I have plenty of time. Back to the Painting Message Board. When you finally get to stripping, take out only a few models at a time. Note on stripping and bits- model parts will fall off. Wow, I have had the 100% exact opposite experiences. Any reasonably sized container would do. Not as cheap as Dollar Store cleaners or a gallon of Simple Green, though... Of course you could always go with intense heat, not sure the effect it will have on the mini, but I can assure you if you get it hot enough the paint will separate from the mini ;). Another note- vehicle stripping is by far the hardest. I typically use acetone or W&N brush cleaner, depending on how much more work is needed. Great how-to content and kit reviews help builders of all skill levels to improve their 1/16, 1/24, 1/25, and small-scale models. I'll check if they gave it. My go to stripper for metal is Clean-Strip Aircraft paint remover. The bases can actually go soft on you. You could try a dremel tool with a nylon brush attachment. Just remember to wear gloves and use proper ventilation. Superclean outperforms. This can get tedious if you have multiple models to clean and the paint/simple green on the bristle brushes tints your models. Now for timespans, a day is usually a good time period to soak a model. Cool, thanks guys! Thanks. For more information, see the TMP FAQ. You will need to run the bristle brushes under a faucet and clean them. This tutorial will focus more on infantry and monster models than vehicles. Paintings. Simple Green as paint stripper « on: January 28, 2010, 11:16:07 PM » I've heard great things about using simple green to strip paint, but when I tried it on a batch of lizardmen I bought from a friend near the end of December/start of January, and left them in for a few hours, it didn't strip the paint. I'll have to try the brush cleaner trick to see if it works better. × I find it either in the automotive paint section at Wally-world or at a good auto parts supply store. When Simple Green can't do the job, there are a lot of alternatives out there. For plastic miniatures, Pine Sol in a 50-50 solution with water, else isopropyl alcohol is your best bet. Worst case scenario, you have to remove the model's arms, legs, or base to reach areas the brush is too big to get to. The bits of flecking on bases, paint chips and such should be disposed of in a proper manner. Art. If it happens, continue to strip and set bits aside with models. I think I'll try a soak in the brush cleaner Kelcore recommended first. Did you check the pinned topic in this forum? It is less toxic than this brush cleaner you describe, safe to use on plastic, and very effective at stripping paint." But I have stripped entire armies of Termagants, Orks, IG, Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, and Necrons in my quest for saving a buck off of buying models. I've used all kinds of paint stripping methods (dettol/simple green etc), and hands down, use Methylated Spirits. Keep paper towels handy.   Your previous content has been restored. I have tried both striping first ( to bare plastic with brake fluid), striping only the wash (with a simple green equivalent) and no striping. Now for timespans, a day is usually a good time period to soak a … (Not the fume free kind in the blue can, doesn't work.) ... Do you use it straight or cut with water and how long do you soak the miniatures for? so here’s the list that’ll help you along the way: Get a glass jar with a lid that seals. Soak the models in a tub or bowl that you dont care about. Spray the Easy Off into a tupperware containing the minis and put a lid on it. Soak some more. There are lots of techniques for stripping acrylic paint from metal, but most require some patience and a little bit of elbow grease.The basic method is to soak your miniatures in one of the paint removing mediums listed below for 6-12 hours and then use a soft brush to remove the softened paint. I concur that W&N Brush Cleaner is awesome. 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