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Paint Stripping with Bleach

Posted by Arkoudaki on 04 Apr 2018, 13:32

Well I have usually relied on either Dettol (stinks) or Mentholated Spirits to strip paint off...but following Beano Boy's rec I have now tried using bleach in a jar and it works wonders.

My ultrasonic cleaner is also great for this activity, often getting the paint off quickly. I haven't tried the bleach in it yet and may not....not sure how that would work heated up.
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Posted by Paul on 04 Apr 2018, 13:53

Arkoudaki wrote:My ultrasonic cleaner is also great for this activity, often getting the paint off quickly. I haven't tried the bleach in it yet and may not....not sure how that would work heated up.

I wouldn´t advise that. It could (heated up) release chlorine fumes.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 04 Apr 2018, 14:27

mix bleach with water and nothing else. Stay safe. BB
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Posted by Bramble15 on 04 Apr 2018, 15:00

Simple Green! pretty safe and cheap. It is a household cleaner.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 04 Apr 2018, 15:45

I could not get Simple Green to work. Did you use it with a scrub brush?
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Posted by Arkoudaki on 04 Apr 2018, 20:17

I was wondering about the fumes with the ultrasonic cleaner...the methylated spirits heat up pretty fast too....but the fumes are tolerable in a well ventilated room (ie window wide open!). I did manage to make chlorine gas when I was in Jr High Chem...that was fun...got sucked into the schools air conditioning system and they had to evacuate the rooms. Lessons learned...as they say... ;)

As for my approach, if letting the item soak in the bleach, I then remove it after about an hour or two, then lightly scrub with an old toothbrush, then put in water and clean some more....doesn't take long to look like new. :)

Beano Boy, I am using the bleach straight...are you suggesting that I should I dilute it with water???

One thing for certain, I hope to get away from that nasty Dettol smell...the stuff works but stinks!

As for 'Simple Green', I have tried it a few times and it just doesn't clean as well as methylated spirits or Dettol.....but that said, straight bleach is my new cheap friend!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 05 Apr 2018, 10:43

Arkoudaki, I use neat bleach in a sealed glass jam jar. Well as a kid at heart I can give the jar a shake,and watch the paint peeling off. :-D I always remove my figures one at a time by hand and rinse them in a bowl of water.
XXXXXXX Never mix bleach with other house hold cleaners. OK? BB
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Posted by Bramble15 on 05 Apr 2018, 11:13

@ Bluefalchion - I suppose I should have added further information. I use it in a sealed sauce jar and most importantly I use it to remove acrylic paint. I have a firm toothbrush that I use to scrub the figures one by one.
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Posted by Xantippos on 05 Apr 2018, 15:11

Interesting, it never occurred to me to use it for this purpose.

Usually, I just boil some water and then I dip the soldiers for a short time. After 5 minutes, all the paint strips without problem.

Bleach wouldn't affect the plastic? I tried once to whiten an action figure that had become yellowed due to age/heat/whatever and it didn't work, it just managed to affect the metal and the plastic and got broken in the process.
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Posted by Emperor on 05 Apr 2018, 20:12

By my opinion you can use various chemicals to remove paint, as long as that chemical doesn t harm the figure. I even once mixed some washing liquid with vallejo paint and it removed pigment from the liquid in color.
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