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Tim Collins
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I just got a used copy of Toxic City Mall and one of the figures is half painted. What would be good for striping the paint without damaging the plastic? Thanks.
 
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Thomas Diener
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Absolutely, Positively:

Simple Green.
Available at most DIY stores & Auto Parts,
this stuff is flat-out miraculous for cleaning figues w/o damage.
Let'em soak overnight, and gently scrub w/ a tooth-brush.

The paint slides off like melted butter.

(Do a google saerch for 'Simple Green (Strip, stripping )Miniatures '
for a thousand step-by-step guides on 'How To', w/ pictures & such.
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This is what I've used in the past. I believe I got it at Walmart.

edit - and Thomas' instructions are correct, just let it soak and it slides right off.
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Pine Sol / water mix. Let them sit over night. Just like the Simple Green stuff.
 
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Pine Sol is OK for metal figures,
but will dissolve plastic like a blow torch.
Never use Pine Sol on plastic figs.
 
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White Elk wrote:
Pine Sol is OK for metal figures,
but will dissolve plastic like a blow torch.
Never use Pine Sol on plastic figs.


Hmmm, I've never had any issues with pine-sol and plastic?
 
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eracer68 wrote:
This is what I've used in the past. I believe I got it at Walmart.

edit - and Thomas' instructions are correct, just let it soak and it slides right off.


I used this on about 80 zombies from Season 1. It worked rather well. I left them soaked for several days and then scrubbed under hot water with a toothbrush. There was still a little bit of paint left in the creases, but I didn't mind since I re-painted them.
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Does that also remove primer?
 
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mattp1776 wrote:
Does that also remove primer?

I can't recall if the figures I stripped had been primed. I'm guessing it does, but hopefully someone who has done so will respond.
 
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mattp1776 wrote:
Does that also remove primer?


Yes. My miniatures were primed black. As I mentioned, there was a little bit of primer / color left over in creases. I'd recommend using a new *stiff* toothbrush to scrape off the paint. I used an old toothbrush and it wasn't very stiff.

For reference, I followed the steps on this Dakka Dakka link, aptly named How to Strip....

edit: I'll see about posting some pictures later.
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Thanks
 
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Alrighty, here is a picture of some zombies stripped by Super Clean Degreaser.



I forgot that the *primer didn't really come off. It's hard to see, but there is also some colored paint in the recesses. As I mentioned, the toothbrush I scrubbed with wasn't very stiff.

For what it's worth, I have since painted many of the stripped zombies. I used the black & white color scheme invented by Carmen and they turned out quite well. Here is an example of his color scheme (his minis not mine!)



I've used Simple Green on metal GW miniatures in the past. It worked far better. I haven't tried Simple Green on plastic though.

*edit: I used Games Workshop Chaos Black spray primer
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White Elk wrote:
Absolutely, Positively:

Simple Green.
Available at most DIY stores & Auto Parts,
this stuff is flat-out miraculous for cleaning figues w/o damage.
Let'em soak overnight, and gently scrub w/ a tooth-brush.

The paint slides off like melted butter.

(Do a google saerch for 'Simple Green (Strip, stripping )Miniatures '
for a thousand step-by-step guides on 'How To', w/ pictures & such.


So who knows a European equivalent of Simple Green?
 
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Ditto for an NZ equivalent!

Also is this just for acrylic paint? I have a sneaking suspicion the painted zombies in my second hand Zombicide were painted using enamel - what could I use for that?

Cheers
 
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Phyrexian wrote:
White Elk wrote:
Absolutely, Positively:

Simple Green.
Available at most DIY stores & Auto Parts,
this stuff is flat-out miraculous for cleaning figues w/o damage.
Let'em soak overnight, and gently scrub w/ a tooth-brush.

The paint slides off like melted butter.

(Do a google saerch for 'Simple Green (Strip, stripping )Miniatures '
for a thousand step-by-step guides on 'How To', w/ pictures & such.


So who knows a European equivalent of Simple Green?


Nederlandse/belgische website waar je dit kan bestellen
https://shop.eriks.be/nl/onderhoudsproducten-reiniging-reini...
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wolverine1977 wrote:
Nederlandse/belgische website waar je dit kan bestellen
https://shop.eriks.be/nl/onderhoudsproducten-reiniging-reini...


Just FYI, the site also runs in English - just replace /nl/ with /en/:

https://shop.eriks.be/en/onderhoudsproducten-reiniging-reini...
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invervegas wrote:
Ditto for an NZ equivalent!

Also is this just for acrylic paint? I have a sneaking suspicion the painted zombies in my second hand Zombicide were painted using enamel - what could I use for that?

Cheers

If it’s enamel, then I think you’re stuck. Acetone and other like chemicals strong enough to remove that kind of paint will damage the plastic. Just clean them up the best you can and prime right over it.
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