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Raymond Morehouse
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What is the best US based product for stripping paint off the original minis?

I don't want to melt anything!
 
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Ronald
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I have been through this. Breaking fluid gives good results without being too messy. Don't bring it in contact with water or it will produce some nasty goop that is hard to get rid of. Only scrub the figures with soap+water when your are done.

Some of those old acrylic colors are really nasty. If breaking fluid fails, Dettol might do the trick. But it is messy and stinks. It is my weapon of last resort.

Simple green is often suggested but i don't have experience with it.

If the figures are painted with enamel colors your are out of luck. Better get used to the paint job
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Michael Taylor
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Soldier wrote:
What is the best US based product for stripping paint off the original minis?

I don't want to melt anything!

L.A.'s Awesome

Simple Green

(I have experience with both)
 
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Tony Barber
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I soak mine in Dettol antiseptic for 3 hrs. The paint comes right off with tooth brush.
 
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Ronald
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I was using Dettol a lot before discovering breaking fluid.

Dettol has a lot of drawbacks
- it stinks, only use in well ventilated areas
- it's not good for your hands, always wear rubber gloves
- it produces a slimy goop that needs to be carefully removed by toothbrush
- the goop will stick to the toothbrush and you will ruin some brushes until the figure is finally clean

Breaking fluid on the other hand
- does not stink
- is oil based and i never had problems using it without gloves (you might want to download the MSDS before using it though)
- it creeps between the paint and the figure surface and the paint will simply peel off. No goop, and scrubbing with a toothbrush will not ruin the brush.
 
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Jason B
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Sorry but what is Breaking fuild you speak of? Do have a link as I would like to find a similar product here in Australia.
 
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Ronald
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It is the hydraulic fluid that is used for the break system in cars. Google "DOT 3 breaking fluid" and you will get all sort of brands. Any car repair shop / gas station should sell it.
 
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I've always found nail varnish remover does a good job.
 
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Walmart's Purple Power aka. Super Clean is what I use to strip plastic mini's.

How, exactly, were the mini's painted? A pic might help.
 
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