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Discussion in 'Oils' started by Dawid, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Dawid Member

    What is the most effective way to strip oil paint off 90mm figure to clachive nice smooth finish
  2. Helm A Fixture

    Dettol original flavour only, any nail polisher remover containing acetone. If it's metal gentle boiling.
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  3. megroot A Fixture

    Mr Muscle ovencleaner.
    Figure in a plastic bag, Mr Muscle in it. Let it sit for 1 night.
    Tomorrow with soap and toothbrush cleaning.
    All metal.

  4. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Dettol is my favourite, non toxic and smells great
  5. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    My experience of Dettol is not s happy one. Turned the paint into slime which refused to dissolve and got everywhere. Try fairy power spray or Mr muscle
  6. yellowcat A Fixture

    Boil in hot water and strip with SuperClean degreaser.
  7. DEL A Fixture

    I'm a Dettol fan, never had a problem getting any figure completely clean.
    However Keiths dead right regarding the gunk, what I do is having removed the figure and giving it a scrub under the cold tap I pour the lot from the stripping bath into a paper coffee filter.
    Put it over a jar and the excess and relatively clean and reuseable Dettol drips through. It's then just a matter of suitably disposing the broken down paint.
    Basically there's loads of ways to strip models once you've realised that most paint strippers, oven cleaners and similar will reduce resin and plastic to a puddle. Go with what works for you. like Bob 'I love the smell of Dettol in the morning'
  8. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    I only answered the thread because it said 'Stripping'
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  9. Dawid Member

    Thanks for all the contributions. I’ll use both af the methords and post the results
  10. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Took me a week to get rid of the smell of the Dettol Del-the Dog kept sniffing his backside thinking he was dropping something ....LOL

  11. theBaron A Fixture

    You might not be able to find it in South Africa, but if so, I second Yellowcat's suggestion to use SuperClean, though I don't boil the piece first.

    SuperClean is an automotive de-greaser, originally made by Castrol. Here in the US, it's sold in automotive supply stores, and at WalMart. One of its active ingredients is lye, just like oven cleaners. But it's not nearly as caustic to handle, and, unlike oven cleaner, which is once-and-done, you can use SC over and over. I fill glass jars of various sizes, and immerse figures in them.

    After about five minutes, paint has softened and has started to dissolve into the solution. The longer a piece soaks, the more paint dissolves, but I usually remove the piece after about five minutes and start gently scrubbing the softened paint away with an old toothbrush. I return the piece to the bath as necessary.

    I use it to strip paint from metal figures, but also from resin and from styrene. It will not harm any of those materials.

    At eight bucks a gallon for a re-usable product, it's a bargain.

    You can check online to see if it's sold in South Africa.

    Hope that helps, prost!
  12. yellowcat A Fixture

    You can boil any white metal figure in hot water to remove epoxy glue and bubble and blister any old paint. The effect is the same as a heat gun stripping old paint. SuperClean is biodegradable and is great for stripping white metal, resin, styrene and vinyl figures. SuperClean may soften resin. Please wear rubber/latex gloves and clean your figures in running water.
  13. Gary D PlanetFigure Supporter

    By the way, SuperClean is also bio-degradable, phosphate free, and non-abrasive! I find I need to soak my figs overnight or so. A day or two at best.

  14. Paul Kernan A Fixture

    I've had good success removing oil paint on metal figures using car brake fluid. I've never tried it on resin
  15. Helm A Fixture

    Trouble with brake fluid is it can bleed into the metal and resurface months later with disastrous results. Only way to ensure it doesn't is a specialised primer, but how well acrylics or oils will attach to it I don't know.
  16. Nap Moderator


    Trust you !...lol

    Some good replies here from everyone on this..my advice don't use the toothbrush the good lady left out by mistake ...

    Happy stripping everyone

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  17. Paul Kernan A Fixture

    Makes sense being porous, Steve. Regardless of the method, it's imperative to give the figure a thorough scrubbing with soap and water. Like I said, I've had good success doing this the few times I've stripped a piece. . Generally I live with however a figure turns out....a learning experience or maybe I have attention span issues:rolleyes:
  18. pkess Member

    I agree with Paul. If you strip and repaint, you tend to lose interest. Not every figure turns out the way you want (expect) it too. Learn from each completedfigure and move on.
    If you have to strip, I just used a furnitur stripper from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Wear gloves and do it outside.
  19. Ronaldo A Fixture

    Dettol works thats for sure , only drawback is it can loosen the cyno type glues on metal figures, you can end up with a nice new shiny figure though .(y)
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