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Guy McCann
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So, after looking at all these wonderful painted minis, I decided that I would jump in and do mine. I have some experience (though about 20+ years out of practice) and figured I'd give it a whirl. Short story shorter, I suck apparently.

What would be the best way to "clean" the minis I've attempted to paint? Only did the Polania mechs, so it's not a lot. Should I just get some white primer and repaint or would soapy water with a toothbrush work? (Acrylic paints)
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If soap and water does not, look at a miniature dite for suggestions. When iwas in warmachine, there was something thst you couod find at walmart to take paint off that worked with most plastics.
 
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We'll also be selling some of our extra miniatures ala carte in early September if you just want to replace all of them.
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When I painted plastics (c. 35 years ago) I used turpentine to clean acrylic paints (e.g. Airfix, Humbrol). However, plastics vary so I would use any chemical product with extreme caution and test a very small amount under the base and make sure it doesn't react over a period of time.

If you wanted to re-paint I might suggest...
i) coming back 'up to speed' on your painting skills. Of course this could be time consuming. After 30 years of not having painted anything smaller than a wall I bet I'd be pretty bad as well, or
ii) give the figures a black wash. I've used this technique on figures; it's quick, easy and looks quite effective.

Anyway, good luck; I hope it works out.
 
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Simple Green is a common suggestion for soaking your minis in overnight to soften up the acrylic paint. I recently saw a suggestion for using methylated spirits instead, but haven't tried that out.
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If it's acrylic paint, simple green is all you need. Soak overnight and take a toothbrush to them. Repeat as needed
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Simple Green is absolutely the best for stripping plastic (and even metal).
Most other products (especially petroleum based) will completely dissolve plastic.
Simple Green (or Purple Power by the same company)leaves the plastic pristine.
Try looking on youtube for 'stripping plastic miniatures simple green'


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White Elk wrote:
Simple Green is absolutely the best for stripping plastic (and even metal).
Most other products (especially petroleum based) will completely dissolve plastic.
Simple Green (or Purple Power by the same company)leaves the plastic pristine.
Try looking on youtube for 'stripping plastic miniatures simple green'




Is this any relation to Kaboom! cleaner? Used that. A quick soak my citadel mini paints would come right off.
 
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JBMoby wrote:
White Elk wrote:
Simple Green is absolutely the best for stripping plastic (and even metal).
Most other products (especially petroleum based) will completely dissolve plastic.
Simple Green (or Purple Power by the same company)leaves the plastic pristine.
Try looking on youtube for 'stripping plastic miniatures simple green'




Is this any relation to Kaboom! cleaner? Used that. A quick soak my citadel mini paints would come right off.


Section 3: COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Ingredient CAS Number Percent Range
Water 7732-18-5 > 84.8%*
Ethoxylated Alcohol 68439-46-3 < 5%*
Sodium Citrate 68-04-2 < 5%*
Tetrasodium N,N-bis(carboxymethyl)-L-glutamate 51981-21-6 < 1%*
Sodium Carbonate 497-19-8 < 1%*
Citric Acid 77-92-9 < 1%*
Isothiazolinone mixture 55965-84-9 < 0.2%*
Fragrance Proprietary Mixture < 1%*
Colorant Proprietary Mixture < 1%*
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I use Fairy Power Spray or Mr Muscle oven cleaner to strip paint off both plastic and metal minis - place mini in a ziploc bag or small dish, douse with oven cleaner, seal (or cover with clingfilm) and leave overnight. A scrub with water and a toothbrush in the morning, repeat if necessary.
 
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