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How to remove acryl-paint?

Posted by sansovino on 15 Jan 2019, 13:54

hi,

some time ago, I had painted some tin-soldiers with acryl-colours quite bad for my taste. I am searching now to methods how I can remove the acryl-colour to repaint the figures.

I have read that alcohol would been the best. So I tried methylated spirits, but the results after 24 hours weren´t persuading. I have visited also a specialised shop for painter-materials, where I have received the information, that´s no good solvent exists, which I can´t believe.

Does anybody know a good cleaner?
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Posted by Dad's Army on 15 Jan 2019, 14:29

Never tried myself, but look here:

Paint Stripping with Bleach
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Posted by Kekso on 15 Jan 2019, 20:42

Acetone free nail polish remover (works fine for me)
Spray oven cleaner (never tried but I've heard it works)
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Posted by MABO on 16 Jan 2019, 09:00

I just repainted old figures. There was no need to remove the colour. I just paint over the first layer. Have you tried this as well?
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 16 Jan 2019, 11:56

Jan has a point: removing paint is so time consuming that painting on old layers is a smart solution. That for me is true for plastic figures particularly: I am always afraid that removers (they are usually solvents) can melt plastic a bit.
With metal figures, I used to dunk them in household degreaser for at least 24h and then remove paint with a toothbrush.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 16 Jan 2019, 15:28

Or keep the poorly painted figure as a "before" picture, then get a new example of the same figure and paint it up using the mad skillz you learned on Bennos Figure Forum!
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Posted by Susofrick on 16 Jan 2019, 15:38

I've repainted both plastics and metals without removing any paint. Worked nice for me.
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Posted by sansovino on 16 Jan 2019, 22:10

Thanks a lot for all your advices, which I have proved during the last days:

1) Eventually bleech functions, but it seems only in combination with an ultrasonic, which I don´t have. Only bleech isn´t enough - after 32 hours nearly nothing happened with my figures.

2) Somebody wrote in an other entry of this forum, that Greenstuff works. Any yes, it works very well, but to remove the Greenstuff is later a very hard work...

3) so the best solution seems to be Acetone with a brush...

And I have already tried to repaint the figures, but the darker under-colour was always too strong. And the details were disappearing with 2 or 3 new layers of colours. So I have to clean them now with Acetone - and I am deeply impressed how resistent Acyrl-colours are ...
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Posted by Kekso on 27 Jan 2019, 14:50

Best solution: Don't paint figures... then you won't have anything to remove :xd: :xd: :xd:
It works for me so often ;-)
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Posted by Paul on 27 Jan 2019, 15:29

sansovino wrote:Does anybody know a good cleaner?

I did but she went and got a job for someone else.
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Posted by fpt on 26 Mar 2022, 23:31

Yuk, yuk, yuk.
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Posted by PaulRPetri on 28 Mar 2022, 14:20

I'm in the USA and I have used this stuff to great effect not only on metal miniatures but hard plastic stuff to remove paint. Place figures in glass jar fill the jar with this stuff, LA's Totally awesome concentrate, and let it sit for several days. Rinse in water and scrub with an old toothbrush and all of the paint comes off.

http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/products/all-purpose/
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Posted by Londoncopper on 04 May 2022, 09:02

Do you know of Dettol? There are two types, a clear version in a spray bottle and a thicker, Brown type that is diluted in water,this is the one you want.

Pour some into a pot,cover with the brown smelly liquid and leave for a day or two.
Once the paint has started to come away, take an old toothbrush and give the figure a scrub. Do not use water or it will react with the Dettol and cause a mess.

Once the figure is clear of paint then clean with detergent and warm water.
I used this method on some Warlord plastic Germans and every bit of paint was removed with no damage to the plasric.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 04 May 2022, 12:13

Lime Scale Remover! BB
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Posted by Emperor on 04 May 2022, 12:19

I have one super fast crazy way to remove paint...Take yellow part of green stuff you know the sticky one, and apply it on figure, wait for few seconds and than pull it of the figure and paint will get off...
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