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Subject: X-Wing Repaints. How best to strip the paint? rss

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Mike Mitchell
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Keeping in mind I'm a total n00b when it comes to painting.

I've been reading / watching various things on stripping paint of plastic miniatures. I've seen conflicting accounts on everything and before I go trash a ship, that I might not be able to replace for a while, I wanted to get some kind of consensus on what to use. What have you been using to strip the ships?

Thanks!
 
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(If you are a complete painting noob, you will want to practice on other miniatures before you strip any paint from these models, in case you decide you hate painting and to make sure that your paint job is at least as good as the factory paint job.)
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Thamos von Nostria wrote:
(If you are a complete painting noob, you will want to practice on other miniatures before you strip any paint from these models, in case you decide you hate painting and to make sure that your paint job is at least as good as the factory paint job.)


Yup already doing that. But figured stripping paint isn't something that requires the level of skill and while I practice on some Firestorm Armada ships I could work on stripping off the paint.
 
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I am as far from a painting noob as can be, and I'll be frank, I wouldn't go stripping/repainting the ships. They look acceptable from the factory... if you want to do some touch ups I would do that. Otherwise if you are really new at miniature painting you might end up doing a lot more bad than good.
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I just painted over the existing paint. No stripping necessary.

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Ya opinions noted and thanks for the warnings. But that said, if you had to strip off the paint.. what would you use?
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Cormitt wrote:
Ya opinions noted and thanks for the warnings. But that said, if you had to strip off the paint.. what would you use?


I would search the interwebs and do what others have had success with (and heed their warnings):

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/947739/repainting-to-str...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/919844/the-a-wing-repain...

http://boardgamegeek.com/video/24762/star-wars-x-wing-miniat...

 
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In the above video, the fellow makes use of Winsor and Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer. I tried it on my Falcon and it worked, but it was weird and stayed sticky. I ended up scraping the stuff off with a knife. I may well have done it wrong, but I think next time I strip one of these models, I'll try brake fluid, because it's waaaay cheaper a chemical and I've heard others have good success with it.

Experiment! If we knew what we were doing we would need R&D!

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Has anyone tried Simple Green (the cleaning fluid)? I've used it on metal miniatures before and it's cheap and effective. Though, to be honest, I'm not sure how it would work on these plastic X-Wing minis.

 
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I've used Brake Fluid on metal minis a long while back, with success.

But I would be reluctant to strip plastics with it, because I would think that the fluid might melt the plastic. I'm pretty sure a mate of mine destroyed some of his Games Workshop plastic figs using this method.

Anyway, I'm not convinced that the X-Wing minis are actually plastic, aren't they some kind of resin.

My take on this, is that if I wanted to change the paintwork, then I would paint over the top of the existing.

Or, if flush with cash, buy one to experiment with, or wait until someone else reports that they have a definitive method that works.

All in all, perhaps mine is not the most useful of posts.
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So after some additional research, looks like Dettol might be the answer. There were plenty of vids showing the beautiful job it did. one in particular that sold me was with GW minis with very old paint. They were left in Dettol for a day or so and the paint came right off with very little effort. Don't know how it'll work on my YT-1300 but that's what I'm going to try.
 
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I tried Dettol on Slave, for two days it sat to no avail & simple green was the same after 4 days I gave up on that to.
Suppose I do live in NZ & it might be deferent here?
Anyway I'm still looking...
 
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RogueThirteen wrote:
Has anyone tried Simple Green (the cleaning fluid)? I've used it on metal miniatures before and it's cheap and effective. Though, to be honest, I'm not sure how it would work on these plastic X-Wing minis.



Both online annecdotes, and reports from the local experts here, suggest that Simple Green will strip the paint used for the wash fairly readily, especially off of Rebel ships - but is not good at breaking down the base coats.

Another link for you! Reports from a fellow who did some experimenting:

http://www.afewmaneuvers.com/topic/942-stripping-guide/

 
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Sooooo, having thought I established the safety of the solvent on my model, I decided to try and get even the black paint out of the crevasses. I left my X-Wing in some Winsor and Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer for over an hour...



A cautionary tale for the rest of you.

It is going to be hard to even use it as a wreckage terrain piece in this condition. hopefully after a rinse it will solidify.
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Oh, the humanity.
I can hear Red 6 screams...
 
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Perfect model for a custom pilot named Icarus
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Scorched earth wrote:
I tried Dettol on Slave, for two days it sat to no avail & simple green was the same after 4 days I gave up on that to.
Suppose I do live in NZ & it might be deferent here?
Anyway I'm still looking...


I usually use Castrol Super Clean for stripping paint. I haven't stripped any of my X-Wing stuff, but it hasn't failed me yet on anything else. It's a engine degreaser sold in the automotive department, but it's totally safe for plastic models. Just be sure to wear gloves.
 
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Cormitt wrote:
So after some additional research, looks like Dettol might be the answer. There were plenty of vids showing the beautiful job it did. one in particular that sold me was with GW minis with very old paint. They were left in Dettol for a day or so and the paint came right off with very little effort. Don't know how it'll work on my YT-1300 but that's what I'm going to try.


So after my first abortive attempt with a crazy idea I had for painting the Falcon, I just successfully stripped it with Dettol again. Stuff works great. I gave it a 48 hour bath on both sides. The paint came off with ease and no damage to the model.

Heck I'm even beginning to like the smell.
 
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thanks karadekv!
My next mission.
 
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iNano78 wrote:
I just painted over the existing paint. No stripping necessary.

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I did the same, no stripping needed. Factory paint acts as a great primer.
 
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A second wash and paint over old color scheme
 
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Hey Mike,

Thanks for the post. Are you still having luck with Dettol?
 
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yeah what others have said about NOT stripping the paint.. I am a model geek and build 1/72 scale craft normally.(Much bigger and easier) for best results use very very very thin paint or wash.. i have seen a few repaints posted on here that used too thick of a paint and it obscured the details and made the repaint look like something done by a 5 year old. if you got access to an airbrush even better.. however the small size will necessitate some very delicate mask work... however it would be perfect for different colored strips and or an over all wash.. Am thinking about painting a couple of my Ys for grey squadron since i have 8 of them now....However I currently have Two Mig-31s and Two SU-24s in the Q ahead of them... (Waiting for it to get a bit warmer as the paint barn is my garage)
 
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hey Reckless Fable you could use that X-wing and make a great Swamp diorama! you just need a 1/270 scale Yoda!!
 
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echorust wrote:
Hey Mike,

Thanks for the post. Are you still having luck with Dettol?


Yup it works great. I've even been using it on the Level 7 Omega Protocol minis as I've been trying to figure out how best to pain them.
 
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