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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:56 am 
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Not for paint but I was wondering if there was a cheap, safe, and easy to use chemical for stripping greenstuff?

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:51 pm 
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so far I've noticed with the oven cleaner, that greenstuff goes soft and rubbery and be quite easily removed after prolonged exposure.

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:17 pm 
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I second Vonny's recommendation. Over cleaner works and ticks 2 of your boxes. It is very, very cheap, it is kinda easy top use, but in no way is it safe. :P :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:37 am 
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And for my second question!

Is there an easy way to break superglue bonds on plastic models. I was reading around and people suggested freezing them, but that doesn't seem to work.

I desperately need to beef up my warrior support!

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:50 am 
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Depending on the thickness of the parts and the gue you use, i would try to break it off... otherwise... did anyone try warm water? Or aceton-free nail polish?

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:20 pm 
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oven cleaner seemed to work for me, but that wasn't a very strong bond to begin with and I most likely would've been able to break them off too.

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:01 am 
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Hive Node wrote:
Is there an easy way to break superglue bonds on plastic models. I was reading around and people suggested freezing them, but that doesn't seem to work.


Have you tried using a CA debonder? I've not had occasion to need it, but it's a purpose-made substance for breaking superglue bonds.

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
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Bit of an odd one, but Orange oil brand air freshener works fantastic on metal. Just give the model a good spray, wait five minutes, and give it a wash under the tap. You might need to do that twice if it's thick paint.

Be real careful around plastic though, a test on a bit of sprue left a gray puddle of goo.

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:42 am 
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Most people on this forum seems to agree that Simple Green is definitely one of the better paint stripping tools. So I went to my local Bunnings to pick up a bottle and was confronted by about 6 different varieties of Simple Green ranging from All purpose through to Yaleling's BBQ cleaner. So is there a particular type of SG i should be using, or is anything other than the BBQ cleaner okay to use?

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:33 pm 
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You really need the concentrate version. The others seem to be great at cleaning dirt and grease but are useless for taking off paint.

I can take a photo of my last bottle if you want me to mate. I'm looking for a replacement though. Bunnings was the only store around here that used to stock it, and they haven't had the concentrate in for several months now. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Yaleling wrote:
I can take a photo of my last bottle if you want me to mate. I'm looking for a replacement though. Bunnings was the only store around here that used to stock it, and they haven't had the concentrate in for several months now. :cry:


Probably a good idea. Like I said, there were alot of different varieties, so even knowing it's the concentrate i'm looking for is a big help.

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:19 am 
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Sure thing mate.
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It is a more vivid green when you buy it new. (Mine is aging a bit.)

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:35 am 
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Cheers for that Yale. I think the bottles I saw were a lighter green, probably diluted. I'll drop by tomorrow and see if they still stock the 'proper stuff' here.

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 Post subject: Re: Paint stripping discussion
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:03 pm 
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Since my supply of simple green is running out I decided to try another cheap, effective and easily sourced stripper that I'd heard worked well - household Dettol. Dropped some models in it and left them for 2 days and discovered:
  • It works brilliantly. With other strippers I've found metal models came out tarnished, but the ones I dipped in dettol came out shiny and new. The paint just sloughed of in a runny goopy mess. Did no harm to plastic and got almost all the paint out of the crevasses too.
  • It is messy. That runny goopy paint that came off got everywhere and the only thing that could clean it up was more dettol. Next time I use it I'll clean off the miniatures outside. (On the bright side every surface in my bathroom got a good disinfecting. :wink: )
  • I know dettol is meant for use on humans, but if you read the instructions it is meant to be diluted 1:20 before being used as a disinfectant. I'll never again touch the undiluted stuff with bare skin. Rubber gloves from now on!

All in all dettol worked better than anything I've ever used to strip paint of miniatures before. It is reasonably cheap and very accessible. But while a lot safer than oven cleaner it is not as safe as simple green was.

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