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Figure paint stripping?

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by R Dominick, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. R Dominick PlanetFigure Supporter

    Not sure if thsi is the right section but what is the best thing to use to strip paint/ primer off of a metal figure?
  2. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have the answer! I use a product I picked up at the local hardware store called "Super Clean Degreaser". It comes in a purple coloured jug. I imagine its original use is for stripping grease off of automotive parts, but it works wonders with stripping paint and primer off of figures, both resin and metal, without any damage to the figure what so ever. Just submerge the figure in this solution over night for the best results. The next day just scrub the figure gently with an old toothbrush and you are good to go. It doesn't stink up the painting studio either. I live in Canada, but this product is most likely available in the US at your local Walmart or some store like it. I can't recommend it enough, and a big jug (it's 4 litres up here, likely close to a gallon in US) is relatively cheap.
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  3. R Dominick PlanetFigure Supporter

    Ghamilt, Thank you very much! I will have to see if that is available here in the U.S.
  4. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Some modellers use Dettol but l find it just turns oil paints into goo and makes a mess everywhere. I use fairy power spray takes a couple of goes but works well for me. On metal figures good quality commercial paint stripper also works.

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  5. theBaron A Fixture


    I use SuperClean, too. It's an automotive de-greaser. You can get it at Walmart, for about eight bucks a gallon. It works really well, and it has the advantage that you can use a batch of it over and over. I use glass jars of different sizes, and give figures a soak in it. After a couple of minutes, the paint has started to dissolve into the solution, and can be scrubbed away gently with an old toothbrush. The longer you let the piece soak, the more the paint dissolves. It will also soften adhesives like CA or epoxies, so you can take the figure apart.

    I use it with metal, resin, and styrene. I have not yet found any material that it damaged.

    It is caustic, but not nearly as caustic as oven cleaners, which some guys use.

    As a de-greaser, you can use it for cleaning jobs around the house, too. I pour a cup down the kitchen drain from time to time, for example. I've used it to pre-treat grease stains on laundry, too.

    Hope that helps, prosit!
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  6. R Dominick PlanetFigure Supporter


    Brad, thanks!
  7. Nick Majerus Well-Known Member

    I use Brake Fluid. It is cheap and easy to use. Let the metal figure soak in it a day or two. Then scrub with a brush.
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  8. Nap A Fixture

    I'm a Dettol dipper .......and the house smells nice ! ....just don't do it in the sink

    Happy stripping

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  9. Banjer Active Member

    I've always used oven cleaner but am going to try Keith's suggestion of Fairy Power Cleaner.
    When you paint like I do you do a lot of stripping.:)

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  10. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    "Mr Muscle" oven cleaner used to be the go-to for this job, but they must have changed the formula to protect us from ourselves - the latest stuff is nowhere near as good. Doesn't even clean the oven now!
    As previously mentioned, brake fluid works well but don't let your critters near it - it is poisonous to cats and dogs.

  11. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Me too. Leave in the Dettol overnight and scrub with a tooth brush.
  12. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Me too, couple of bottles under the sink
    and of course Dettol.
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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Trouble is I get confused which one had my "teef" in ...lol

    Happy dipping

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  14. R Dominick PlanetFigure Supporter

    Ok, I used the Super Clean that ghamitt1 and theBaron suggested and it is working really good! Thanks guys!
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  15. kevininpdx Active Member

    A little late but I use acetone for stripping metal figs. It gets them completely clean unlike other strippers that might leave the primer in patches.
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  16. R Dominick PlanetFigure Supporter

    Kevininpdx, It is never too late for a good suggestion.
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  17. Larsen E. Whipsnade Member

    This was always an issue for me too until one day when I was cleaning dried acrylic paint from some old brushes with Winsor&Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer. Aha! I sez to myself, if this stuff will clean old dried paint from a delicate artist's brush (the brush, not the artist), it's gotta strip dried paint from a figure (in my case a resin figure but if it works on resin it will surely work on metal as well) and sure 'nuff, a toothbrush and a little W&N and the figure was back to new. One precaution I did take so I didn't lose any fine detail was to scrub a little, then rinse, scrub/rinse and repeat until all the paint was gone.
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