I've learned that there are resins and resins. Repeated the process and got most of the paint off. I would be careful with metal bristles. "Simple Green" all purpose cleaner works great. The Crypt Wraith is one of the first miniatures I painted. I also use Simple Green. I've had good results boiling them in water with a bit of soap powder added. Seconded. Best model paint stripper ever!!!! Especially old enamel paint may take a second scrubbing to remove all paint, especially from deep crevaces and indentations in the miniature. Did you make this project? I've used automotive brake fluid to do this, but Simple Green is a lot cleaner, not to mention less toxic! It's an all purpose cleaner that's available in the automotive section of Walmart. My buddy tried simple green on some terminators he used a fancy car chrome paint on for over a month and this stuff even managed to get that to fall off while rinsing after a day. The paint slides off like melted butter. Chelation / Lead Dust Removal: Simple Green has been used to wash down windowsills, baseboards, walls and trim that have been painted with lead paint and which then, with age, put off dust and/or chips containing lead. One question I do have is can this be done with the plastic miniatures that you use? Don't leave the models out of the cleaner mixture before taking all of the paint off. This would likely also work to remove the paint from any plastic model that had been printed from a 3D printer and painted. Paint Stripping Miniatures. "In North America, one of the best products for stripping paint is known as "simple green". Available at most DIY stores & Auto Parts, this stuff is flat-out miraculous for cleaning figues w/o damage. BTW, and I know this from experience, Simple green will not remove primer well, I have a hell of a time trying to remove a layer of bad primer from my dire avengers. Simple Green. 11/29/2018 0 Comments As battlefleet gothic is an out of production game (at the moment) I have quite often purchased second hand ships from various sources. I have some ships I wish to remove the paint … * * * Stripping parts of a miniature. Yes if u leave them dunked in simple green overnight, no if u spray it then leave the mini for an few mins to lossen the paint. Will this also work? This is exactly the treatment I give eBay models. This guide will teach you how to remove and strip the paint from all of your old miniatures - plastic and metal. I don't like the paint jobs because they're so thick and unattractive, but I'm afraid that because they are so thick I'll never get what I want off. works quite well. and they say its safe on plastics. For plastics use something specifically designed for it, or something like Simple Green, Bleche-White, brake fluid, etc. and its also safe on plastics. Not recommended for plastic figures! Simple Green. Author Topic: How to remove acrylic paint from miniatures (Read 6947 times) 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. Nice. Just repeat the process until you remove all the paint. ... as a note, only use Acetone on models that are metal or have plastic parts you don't care about. A place to share ideas and techniques for painting and converting miniatures. Scrub off as much of the loose paint as you can and if it still isn't fully cleaned, place the model back in the mixture. After a few minutes, use a toothpick, needle or a small but strong brush to strip the paint … ! Once is all it usually takes. It's a bit expensive, but reusable. You can also use Wesley's "Bleche White" and simply leave the piece to soak for a while. Press J to jump to the feed. I'm fairly new to the "model" hobby, so I'm looking for advice. If statue is too large to be placed in a jar, apply mixture liberally with paintbrush. Take one of the models or pieces you want to strip out of the IPA pot and put the lid back on. My new paint stripper puts Simple Green to shame. Cleaner – Simple Green Industrial Cleaner and Degreaser – 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (Pack of 12) 99% Isopropyl Alcohol Single Bottle Scraper, Putty Knife – Stainless Steel – DEWALT Stainless Steel Putty Knife Knife, 5-Inch Just spray it on the miniature, leave it for an hour or two then brush off with a toothbrush and your mini is like new. For me it’s about safety. I'm wanting to make it purple and the only model came in a bright red. I haven’t tried it on resin figures yet, but I may do an experiment soon and update this post (or if anyone wants to do it and send me the results I shall post them up!). Gotcha. Use a paintbrush / q-tip / cotton bud, dip it into the stripping fluid, and gently brush the area you wish to clean. Summary, this process works well… but I really hope there is a better way, because this took a lot of elbow grease to remove all the paint. Enjoy your miniatures. I should have put this in the title- I'm interested in the minis that you buy that come pre-painted. You can use break fluid as well , i don't live in the States and i can't get "simple green" for plastic minis... so i use break fluids ... they get the job done as well. Sometimes they are painted well and I feel bad to remove the paint, but then sometimes the ships are lathered in paint and need a bath. just use in a WELL ventilated area. Available at most DIY stores & Auto Parts, this stuff is flat-out miraculous for cleaning figues w/o damage. on Introduction. I liked the green glow but the black didn’t have enough variation. ... Pine-sol or Simple Green) you should always make sure you are in a well ventilated area. It can be done while listening to music or watching a movie( LOTR in my case). I've found that Simple Green often works well in stripping some paints, particularly from plastic or metal miniatures. The glue becomes brittle and the model easily comes apart. It’s really simple to use, as I will show you below! Acetone is good for getting rid of super glue and stubborn bits of paint. D4RTH 0N5L4UGHT 8 D4RTH 0N5L4UGHT 8 Member; Members; 8 14 posts; Posted April 16, 2016. How to strip plastic and metal figures using cleaning products! It is less toxic than this brush cleaner you describe, safe to use on plastic, and very effective at stripping paint." I've found that Simple Green often works well in stripping some paints, particularly from plastic or metal miniatures. Scrub off as much of the loose paint as you can and if it still isn't fully cleaned, place the model back in the mixture. The paint will dry back onto the model after a few hours. I also tried this with plastic models, but im not sure if the weakened glue was from the simple green or the freezer. stiffer bristles do help a lot. It's also a showcase of the stuff you're really proud of. "In North America, one of the best products for stripping paint is known as "simple green". thanks i love LOTR i can't wait to see your next instructables. On the four models you see below I spent about 2 hours picking at scraping and picking at them. Reply I don't have Simple Green with me but I do have Mr. Can be reused several times and has low evaporation. This is a great tip. Wait a couple hours. Grab some baby food jars and some Simple Green. While it came primed with an airbrush and based, there were mould lines and hastily removed runner remains over it. Water re hardens the paint again. (Do a google saerch for 'Simple Green (Strip, stripping )Miniatures ' You can now repaint the models (see below), or sell them for much more than you could a model covered in paint. This is the method I used to strip prepainted mage knight figures years ago and it worked great. Yes if u leave them dunked in simple green overnight, no if u spray it then leave the mini for an few mins to lossen the paint. Mark nude minis as NSFW. See, that's what I was curious about - and exactly what I'm afraid of. However, as you can see from the pictures, the paint comes off quite nicely with the Simple Green. I wasn’t able to remove it all, but I tried. Step 2: Soak the Models in Simple Green. Take Paint Off of Models Step 1: Materials. But as these solutions are highly volatile, toxic, and even carcinogenic, care has to be taken while employing this method. I've had less success using Simple Green or similar products when stripping second-hand resin miniatures and scenery, but this is probably due to the different paints used as well as the composition and surface of the resin itself. Then use a tool to scrape the paint off into the wooden surface. Just wait until the paint has some bubbles. Resin Statues Step 1 Place statue in jar with mixture of Simple Green and water (1:1 ratio). Also the longer you soak the models the easier it is. You might give Simple Green a try. The product I have is "Simple Green" which looks the same, and has the ingredients on the back - so apart from guessing I have no way of knowing if it's the same stuff or not. repeat if necessary. I prefer those with no leak lids that seal in moisture.Kitchen Gloves (if you don't want to get dirty). Followers 0. I tracked down a Maisto model of a Ducati motorcycle that I wanted to paint to match a comicbook character, and I've never painted anything with so fine of detail. It can help to remove superglue from models. And by the way. In the US we don’t have Dettol, though we have similar methods I could use. How do you remove paint from miniatures? Though acetone is frequently used to remove paint from resin, the statue can be damaged by the harsh chemical. There's not that much hobby stuff here anymore, just a few old miniatures in a room upstairs. I've used this process on Games Workshop / Citadel miniatures in plastic, white metal and lead forms and it works great. just simple green and a plastic cup. It takes a while (even days) to remove paint, but it doesn't damage any miniature. Simple Green – If you thinly apply primer and paint, this is a step you can avoid. Let'em soak overnight, and gently scrub w/ a tooth-brush. It does help to wear gloves. I've used Simple Green with (mostly) great success. - Phill says via comment: "North America also has a product called "Dawn Power Dissolver," available for about $2.00 in most Walmarts. It can be tough to remove paint from countertops without causing damage, so proceed cautiously. It is less toxic than this brush cleaner you describe, safe to use on plastic, and very effective at stripping paint." Dunk in simple green for a day or 2. This part can take a while. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. It works on plastic and metal miniatures and is safe to use. Any reasonably sized container would do. 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. The problem is, none of the tutorials I have found list the ingredients of the Simple Green to use, they just say "Simple Green" and show the front of the bottle with no ingredient list. In this case it was enough to soak the miniatures … If have the correct solvent, you can watch the paint start to swirl off the corners and pointy parts of the the mini in little vorticies. Focus on the areas where the paint really covers up the model's detail. I personally use Simple Green to take old paint off. Stripping agent: LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner. Regular scrub brush from kitc… Soak metal miniatures in Pine-Sol overnight, then scrub miniatures with a hard-bristle toothbrush, and even old paint comes off easily. some people swear by it. A white metal model should have no trouble, but you could also use a "hotter" solvent, such as mineral spirits or lacquer thinner (which removes almost any paint.) It might not be completely possible. Due to this, quite often the ships are already painted. Its time consuming but easy. I would recommend soaking the model in water, after it is clean, to dilute and remove any simple green that has seeped into the model. If you can't remove all paint from your miniature the first time around, soak it for another day and use the same process to remove what's left. Sometimes you will need to remove the majority of loose paint and place the model in the bath for a further 24 hours or so before the most difficult-to-remove paint will budge. Which is the dogs doohahs when it comes to stripping paint. He had been sitting in Simple green for about 6 months. But I agree. How to strip plastic and metal figures using cleaning products! I've used this process on Games Workshop / Citadel miniatures in plastic, white metal and lead forms and it works great. Alternatives to Simple Green exist, such as L.A. I will look. Tools List. THE BEST thing to use, hands down is Simple Green. Using Simple Green to remove paint from miniatures Fill a bowl with solvent of your choice, put it in the machine's tub, then fill the tub with water, but not so that it spills over into the bowl. A benefit I have found of Simple Green is that it doesn’t matter how long I have left the models in the bath for, it hasn’t damaged any (yet). Don't work at this step for too long, just get most of the paint on the exposed faces off. 3) Remove the miniature from the Simple Green and scrub gently with a toothbrush. on Introduction. What I now use on any figure stripping project is Simple Green. The task of cleaning and removing the plating (on miniatures surfaces such as plastic or metal parts) can also be accomplished by using strong chemical solutions such as Hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), Sulfuric acid or Sodium Hydroxide. Reply to this topic; Start new topic; Recommended Posts . 1 year ago. Just scrape at the model with a toothpick until it gets too dull. Miniatures ; Star Wars: Armada ; Simple Green Tips to remove paint Sign in to follow this . The rest only faded. Share it with us! Afterwards I might take an Ex-acto knife and remove an left over glue id needed. I know I can leave stuff in Simple Green forever and it will never harm it. Stupid bumpy primer ruined the lot of them I assume that after 2 years you have found a solution, but I suggest painting a piece of scrap plastic and then trying to strip it with that before you use it on your precious model. Like the minis from Tannhauser or AT-43. Best model paint stripper ever!!!! Do not run water over it. on Introduction. Summary, this process works well… but I really hope there is a better way, because this took a lot of elbow grease to remove all the paint. Where did you get that orc model? Completely safe for miniatures in plastic, resin, or metal. Also, it won’t destroy the super glue since 99% of the time I only want to remove paint, not glue. Tools List. How I go about stripping paint from miniatures (metal & plastic) I see this as a good thing as it lets me get rid of the old glue and gives me a chance to thoroughly clean off all the paint and better prep the model. I would recommend soaking the model in water, after it is clean, to dilute and remove any simple green that has seeped into the model. I know I can leave stuff in Simple Green forever and it will never harm it. I tried this for my Space Hulk Blood Angels terminator miniatures that I got from Ebay. http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat750025a&prodId=prod1500491a Unfortunately they raises the prices recently. Re-soak the miniature if required. If the primer was a bit thick on the mini, then it might take 2 dunks. Place statue in jar with mixture of Simple Green and water (1:1 ratio). Soak your mini's in it overnight before scrubbing them with a toothbrush under running hot water. Scrub Off Old Paint After soaking for about 24 hours, you'll find that most paint ready to remove. BTW, and I know this from experience, Simple green will not remove primer well, I have a hell of a time trying to remove a layer of bad primer from my dire avengers. This. When I scratch my finger nail over the mini's surface the black primer will come off but it will not come off using only the toothbrush. This guide will teach you how to remove and strip the paint from all of your old miniatures - plastic and metal. I wasn’t able to remove it all, but I tried. 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. Step 3: Scrub the Model. I purchased two products, oven cleaner (EZ Off) and an all purpose cleaner (Simple Green). I removed the chrome coating from a plastic capsule, and there was no damage to the surface at all. I knew this was possible, but it's great to see it in the form of an Instructable. Very low smell. Dust, AT-43 , Tannhauser... decent paint jobs, but I want to use these guys in other games and I'd like to make full repaints if possible. Simple Green works wonders. If insufficient, repeat the process. At this point all the paint except for the black primer is removed. While simple green helps, I found that putting models in the freezer really helps with taking apart models made of metal. This stuff is my new holy grail. Simple Green. 6. (Do a google saerch for 'Simple Green (Strip, stripping )Miniatures ' so here’s the list that’ll help you along the way: Cleaner – Simple Green Industrial Cleaner and Degreaser – 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (Pack of 12) 99% Isopropyl Alcohol Single Bottle Scraper, Putty Knife – Stainless Steel – DEWALT Stainless Steel Putty Knife Knife, 5-Inch It doesn't solve glue. I've had less success using Simple Green or similar products when stripping second-hand resin miniatures and scenery, but this is probably due to the different paints used as well as the composition and surface of the resin itself. Soak your mini's in it overnight before scrubbing them with a toothbrush under running hot water. David P. ming31: 21 Apr 2003 2:14 p.m. PST: Castrol super clean, Easyoff oven cleaner, brake fluid (never used it myself) , simple green. Step 2 Once you’ve come this far, you’re ready to paint, play or display. Oh and when I find that shame box I will liberate those poorly painted figures and return them to their original unpainted glory using some elbow grease and Simple Green. I did this and it did a good job of removing primer from unpainted figs, ... What I now use on any figure stripping project is Simple Green. About: I am a student in Seattle, WA My Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com/blog/weeklyclaypokemon. Re-soak the miniature if required. Enjoy your miniatures. Awesome has worked for around 95% of my eBay rescues, an it's so cheap. It comes in a purple jug and you can get it at Wal-Mart or Menards really cheap. 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