Brake Fluid - Cheap, works fairly quickly - fill a bucket, dunk the part(s) in it for a few hours, remove and scrub with an old toothbrush - wear gloves Super Clean (Castrol Super Clean) - "The purple stuff" - best stuff found so far - fill a bucket/tub, immerse the parts for a couple hours, remove and rinse/scrub with a toothbrush - WEAR GLOVES We wash them before we recycle them and then whoever is emptying the dishwasher stacks them in my office. With latex gloves and no mask, sitting over the mini I was stripping, breathing in the fumes almost constantly. Just a classic toothbrush. July 15, 2018 FauxHammer Featured, Tutorials 30, Please Note: This site uses affiliate links. This was Primed with Vallejo Grey primer and painted with Games Workshop Acrylic Paints. Another 20 minutes in the IPA and this model was brushed with pipe cleaners, as you can see it’s looking good as new. Again, I can’t really list anything, I had a load of Microfibre Towels laying around so I use those. I am pretty sure this stuff is in most, if not all of the individual products listed above. As you can see here, my scrubbing caused his head to fall off. It’s likely you won’t get it all off in this first pass but get off as much as you can and get into the recesses where possible. Thanks for that. Paint. If you like what we’re doing here you could really help encourage more content with a share on any social media platform. Then I realised that they put the stuff in hand sanitiser. The stuff will remove anything from plastic, so long as the paint hasn't chemically adhered to it (which usually causes the plastic to melt anyway). You can get them from here. Click Here to buy IPA in the US, Click Here to buy from Amazon – Same Stuff, Click Here to buy IPA in Australia, Click Here to buy from Amazon – Same Stuff, Click Here to buy IPA in Canada, Click Here to buy from Amazon – Same Stuff. I struggled to get the flesh layers down and then went far too heavy on the wash. Again with the blue in the middle of the image, Time to check my camera lens. I need to check my camera lens. As the post was so long I decided not to add this part, but I’ve since realised it needs to be covered. and you won’t even notice it was there. The best thing about this stuff to strip paint off miniatures is that it is the same everywhere. before you put this back into your initial pot of IPA with the other parts you are stripping. Second, paint and primer on metal miniatures tend to get scratched easily. As an isopropyl group linked to a hydroxyl group, it is the simplest example of a secondary alcohol, where the alcohol carbon atom is attached to two other carbon atoms. Thanks, COVID. I built the model back at the time when you could order metal Parts from Games Workshop individually. Tojo72 - I am using Badger's Stynylrez primer lately, it's labeled as "water based acrylic polyurethane." You’re gonna get some in, but its best to keep it as separate as you can our you end up with a pool of black IPA. It’s come up so clean that even the scratches I added to the axe head are clean. Now I earn an income I can buy whatever I want the wife lets me. You should apply a primer only after washing and drying your models. This was with pipe cleaners again and you can see that this looks almost new. Please re-enable javascript to access full functionality. There are a few options here, do it outside, open all the windows but risk your house smelling IPA with others breathing in the fumes. and I even pushed my thumbnail across the hairline to see what damage it would do. I’ve done as many as 12 54mm figures after leaving them overnight. Love the plastic results. Do you know if its safe to paint over this residue? Remove a corner of the tape and lift the cloth slightly to see if the adhesive is loosening or softening. Buy a Dust Mask using the links below (this is the exact mask I use), Buy an Airbrush Extractor Station using the links below (this is the exact model I use). Just save these up if you haven’t done already. Most of the hair points have been brushed off, the tip of the hair has completely snapped off and the teeth of the skull have also lost their points. You'll want to work in a well-ventilated area. Elbow Grease is £3.99 a tub on eBay. You should see that unlike the other products, IPA doesn’t gunk up, It turns most of the paint to fluid and just drips away, use paper towels to catch the excess and wipe the model clean. This may take several rounds if … Also, when do you decide to dispose the isopropyl alcohol before using a new batch for painting? There isn’t much in the process to Strip Paint off Miniatures but based on my experience using this for a number of years now there are a few things to note. If it is, remove the cloth/paper towel, plastic wrap and tape. Had good results with Clean Spirit, Cleans brushes well too, Informative AND entertaining Quick internet search, and this stuff is ten bucks at woolies Some poorly painted Space Marines are in for a surprise. Latex gives you more tactile response when handling the minis (and it’s kinky, because Latex). Click Here to buy IPA from eBay in the UK, Click Here to buy from Amazon this picture is the exact product I bought. Thanks. Wow, thanks so much. Sisters are orphans raised in perpetual Sunday school, fanatical to the point that they look at Repentia and feel a twinge of jealousy that those girls will see the Emperor sooner than they will. Do this over a towel so that you don’t get specks of paint all over your normal work surface Short and sweet for the update tonight. This was primed in Vallejo Black Airbrush Primer and painted with Games Workshop Acrylic Paints. I’ll be spraying over with Ultramarine Citadel spray. Information on the different types of filler available is contained in the article ‘All About Fillers’. Thanks for the article. You can subscribe in the sidebar for RSS or by email below, (Sidebar is below the article on Mobile Devices). that is the point I replace it. made a comment account just to say good work on this!!! Use a paint scraper or a putty knife to remove the existing paint from the plastic item. you’ll probably notice that some parts come apart too as the IPA will also break down superglue. Clean your Airbrush with it, Whilst I wouldn’t soak your whole airbrush in IPA as it will likely break down your rubber seals. This was the one that gave me the idea to write a blog called How to Strip Paint off Miniatures. I always use nitrile gloves when handling this stuff, and wear my airbrush face mask to avoid inhalation. You won’t get better results with any of the other products above. No matter your locale, IPA is IPA, I normally buy about 5 litres at a time as the more you buy the cheaper it is. I can now strip them and try again. I’m never had good results with my plastics. But really ventilation will do the trick anyway. Spray on a very thin coat. At this point, I normally find that some pipe cleaners do a better job of getting into those tight spots. Rinse the models under the water until you can feel they have lost their "slimy" feel on your skin. Nitrile removes this issue but you can’t feel the model as easily through them. IPA is a fantastic cleaner, from Brushes to benches it gets everything back to squeaky clean. There have been a few comments and questions about resin. You would need something with an adsorbant medium in that takes out vocs. Removing Krylon paint, whether to redo a project or because of a spill or overspray, also depends on the product; some are water soluble, while others will require lacquer thinner to dissolve. Coffee filters will act as a suitable filter paper. I’ve linked this tutorial in my article about paint stripping – Alkony. Instead of changing grits, you're going to do the following steps instead. Thanks for your in depth and comprehensive tutorial! The first step is to wash your hands to remove any body oils from your fingers before you begin sanding your part (here, an engine cowl for a Super Decathlon). This is the How to Strip Paint Off Miniatures headline model. As you brush the paint will fleck off and end up in places you don’t expect. Loving your articles, always something new to learn even after 20+ years of doing this hobby – keep it up, mate! I’ll give the residue models a quick wash in the new IPA just to be safe. You need to be careful stripping minis as the pointy sharp bits on them can pierce your gloves and before you know it you’ve been soaking neat alcohol through your skin for several hours (maybe get some marigolds if you’re that worried). This is to avoid scratching or damaging the surface while you are trying to remove the paint. M, Hi, great information here, Have broughtnsom3nisontontry out have been using acer one for stripping metal models as it seems to work amazingly well, knlt have to put models in for 2 – 3 mins and give them a scrub and they come up really good. make sure they are nice and tight, there are plenty of sizing guides online. This is a very thorough and comprehensive guide. This was one of my first Deathwing models and my first attempt at shading bone coloured armour. Which I’ll probably have a chance to do before I paint him. The main image of this article was after 3 rounds of stripping. This allows the IPA to penetrate deep into the paint and eat away at it. It. Abaddon’s hair was not so lucky. Whatever you get, don’t get powdered gloves as they will powder your mini. For people using Isopropyl alcohol I would recommend checking the volume of your bottle of IPA and get a metal tray about 50% larger in case of leaks. Only if it is an explosion proof ultrasonic cleaner, which costs a fortune. Otherwise, you’re going to get specks of paint in your original pot and things start to get messy. Or my personal Favourite Use an airbrush face mask if you are planning on stripping models for a few hours. I got 5 litres in 5 separate 1-litre bottles for £5. nowhere near. As for Dettol costing a fair bit – I got mine in Poundland…. I wasn’t happy about this. Nothing with those plastic bits for cleaning your tongue. I have tried some other methods if stripping and have found that fine detail or sharp edges can be smoothed over by the solvent cleaners. This is the second time I’ve stripped him too. It is a colourless, flammable chemical compound with a strong odour. If so, use a pin or the tip of a hobby knife to prick tiny holes in the decal and apply more solvent. Update: Methylated Spirits (Denatured Alcohol) has also been highly recommended as an easily available product that does the same job, however after a quick read, I cannot recommend Methylated Spirits as it is known to leave a greasy residue, whereas IPA evaporates. There is one product you should be using and it may have several names. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your results will vary depending on what the model is undercoated and painted with. I’d give them another rinse in clean IPA. as for skin contact, as I said, my thumb was in a pool of it in my glove for several hours and i didn’t die or loose a thumb. But if you do it anyway, be sure to get it on video. As you can see, the before image shows a terrible paint job. Whenever possible, use the same brand of paint, primer and clear coat. I haven’t tried plastic. Plus it won’t burn your skin if you get it on you. 1. Do battle with the most horrific enemies of mankind imaginable and charge into lines of weapons that could shred a tank into ribbons. Trash Pickup And Removal Plastic figures you need to keep a good eye on because ISO can dissolve plastics. Just soak, scrub, wash, and repeat until clean. Place them back on the cloth. Another bath and this is as far as I could be bothered to go at this point. Our affiliates are shown in the sidebar on the homepage. Does the ipa do this to any extent? I’ll have a go at this for a future blog post. - Marshal Arturas, 15/05/08, Community Forum Software by IP.BoardLicensed to: David Johnston (Brother Argos) and the Bolter and Chainsword, This is not recommended for shared computers, The Octaguide - Your very long guide to very long IAs. Latex based paint is not hard to get off, it washes right off with some soap and water. use your brush pot of IPA and brush the model until it is clean. As far as I know, it can’t spontaneously combust……….. As far as I know. Several functions may not work. Nice one thanks. Get. But the superglue will likely come away. Same control measures as you’ve stated for the IPA, although you need to change your gloves more often. Buy Pipe Cleaners Brushes using the links below. I use it for multiple purposes in my hobby. please let us know in the comments. again, it may or it may not, depending on the brand. When I say Pipe Cleaner, I don’t mean the things kids use for creating fuzzy characters, I mean Ye Olde Pipe Cleaners, the actual ones for cleaning pipes. You can. It won’t have much of an effect on parts that are bonded with plastic glue as the plastic will be fused together. I clean the parts with warm water and a couple of drops of Super Clean, to remove all grease, and I apply a primer, when it comes time to paint. the IPA will have evaporated so all that’s left is really thin paint. But the point here was that Isopropanol isn’t a brand it’s a cheap product that does the job well and is available from anywhere. Suffice to say it did not go well. Take one of the models or pieces you want to strip out of the IPA pot and put the lid back on. Honestly, resin is so soft, you could dip a toothbrush in water and you’d have a fair level of detail loss. I’m in the UK too. This model is 20 years old, and 20 years ago is when it was primed. It might not happen the first time, but it will eventually. You can buy expensive Tupperware but you really don’t need to trash good containers for stripping paint. This means they are immediately ready to paint. You should see that the paint easily comes away, Keep brushing and rinsing your brush in a separate pot of IPA until you can get as much paint off as possible. You just need a basic toothbrush with bristles only. Click the share links at the bottom of this screen (or on the left for computers and tablets), Want to keep updated with the blog? I can’t really list an Item here, I keep my IPA in a Metal Cabinet in my garage. It doesn’t smell to the hi heavens, it isn’t environmentally damaging or as dangerous to keep around little folks. if you are, Although most won’t recommend it, it’s great for cleaning brushes. I had this comment preciously and added this mask as an alternative from the previous one I recommended. Isopropyl Alcohol, IPA, Isopropanol, Iso, Note: I originally included Rubbing Alcohol in this list, however, I was corrected in that rubbing alcohol is generally 70% isopropanol, or at times 90%, but not 99+% (Thanks Olaf). I have previously stripped Njall Stormcaller with only a minimum amount of detail lost on the pointiest edges. How to Strip Paint Off Miniatures – WARNING! You can even try to use duraglit or any other metal polish to remove the spray paint from the plastic surface but this is dependent on many factors like the amount of paint and the type of plastic. But constant use with some latex products can cause a skin reaction that makes your hands itch and peel. Second, primer can fill in minor flaws in the plastic, and make flaws that need to be puttied more visible. Thanks for the article! Blame your childhood for changing the name of what these actually are. At some point, you may have spilled paint or in the least flicked some paint flecks on it. See more detail on the internet’s most trustworth source of information – Wikipedia. Powdered is fine for stripping, but don’t use them for painting as you will get the powder all over your paint job. It is safe to take your gloves off now as most of the mixture will be washed away. Gloves come in various sizes, so ensure you get the right size. Skin contact would be ok if not prolonged as they use it in hand wash gel, albeit not as concentrated. The first round was not as successful as the Deathwing Terminator above. Firstly there are a couple of reasons for this post about how to strip paint off miniatures. But you’re right it is toxic and definitely don’t drink or intentionally sniff those fumes or you’ll be in the hospital! Quality “articles?” like this one are few and far between :). I was trying to figure out why I was seeing prices around 10 times higher than you talked about for isopropyl. So, depending on where you are from you probably use or have been recommended to use one of the following products to strip paint off miniatures. Now just repeat the steps for a second round, pull out a mini that’s been soaking in IPA. Really help encourage more content with a share on any social media platform spark to easily in cases. 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