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It was suggested to me long ago that sometimes my purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others. This is one of those times.

There has been some mention on the boards here an elsewhere that Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer is a good choice for stripping models. I can't argue with that point at all!

First I tested on a small portion of my X-Wing. Then I managed to brush it on and get the red marking off pretty easily. I should have stopped there.

Instead, I decided to try and get the black paint out of the nooks and crannies of the model, and for that I needed a good soak.

Results after one hour (mostly submerged):


So let this be a caution to everyone else. It will strip the paint, but it IS solvent-enough to eat the plastic.

I plan to show post a progression later on. Gravity is still making my model bend further, even after a rinse!
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WOW! Just to clarify... you did not soak it immersed in the cleaner, but just let the brushed-on stuff sit?
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I did mostly submerse it for the long soak like I have done with Simple Green hundreds of times. I've added detail to my post above.
 
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Sorry to see what happened to you...

In W&N's defense, they do have a warning in the bottle to not use on plastics.

I use it all the time for my metal models, as it works wonders and removes paint in seconds/minutes, but it is a big no no for plastics.

EDIT: BTW, I wish you luck, but in my experience, the surface of the plastics will remain sticky and it will be impossible to apply paint on it after.
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A little bit of drybrushing with a few shades of green and you've got Luke's X-Wing on Dagobah. Nice job!
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scubadawg1 wrote:
A little bit of drybrushing with a few shades of green and you've got Luke's X-Wing on Dagobah. Nice job!



LOL, I was just kicking that idea around with someone! It is not quite right for a burning wreck but I could cover it with some seaweed-like material
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scubadawg1 wrote:
A little bit of drybrushing with a few shades of green and you've got Luke's X-Wing on Dagobah. Nice job!


This was my very first thought as I saw the picture!
 
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RecklessFable wrote:
scubadawg1 wrote:
A little bit of drybrushing with a few shades of green and you've got Luke's X-Wing on Dagobah. Nice job!



LOL, I was just kicking that idea around with someone! It is not quite right for a burning wreck but I could cover it with some seaweed-like material


Maybe mix in some static grass with some green paint to get that stringy look.
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