I have a hell of a lot of badly painted plastics that ive been wanting to strip for years. I have almost 100 plastic chaos dwarf warriors needing stripped that i bought a load off of ebay that were terrible painted but i had no idea how i would do it. I knew that you can use Nitromors to strip metal models but it just melts plastic models so when i saw this tip i couldn’t not try it out and i was very pleased when it worked. So heres how you do it:
Gather your abominations, a jar and a bottle of Dettol:
Fill the jar with some Dettol:
Then add some Water:
The mixture will turn milky. For this guide i used a 1/1 ratio of Dettol to Water. The more Dettol you use the quicker it will work but the more water you use the longer your bottle of dettol will last, but it will take longer to work.
Add your abominations to the Dettol or Dettol mixed with water solution:
Leave for a minimum of 24 hours. The longer you leave it the better it will work. I suggest leaving it for 24hrs first and then cleaning them up and then putting them back in the mixture because if you leave them in it too long the plastic starts to get a bit soft:
After 24 hours the models should look something like this, with the paint practically falling off:
Rub off what you can with your fingers then get an old brush and scrub off the rest. Edit: The mistake i made here was to get the models near water. Dont get them near water at all and dont rinse the brush in water or the paint turns into a sticky mess. Becomes almost like water resistant pva glue and the brush just ends up brushing all the paint back on in a black/brown gunky mess.
Eventually, after a lot of scrubbing, you will end up with decently stripped models:
There is still a bit of paint on these so you can either pick of the rest with a toothpick or put them back into the Dettol mixture, which is reusable a few times. I decided to put them back in the Dettol since a few are stained a bit.
Leave for a few hours more then repeat the cleaning process:
1. You can use pure dettol but it works in a fraction of the time so watch it. Scrub it after half an hour, then stick it back in and keep checking it.
2. Use gloves and a mask or do it in a well ventilated area as the fumes can make you feel faint. It also makes a mess and its a pain to clean your hands. you basically need to use dettol to clean them. Water just makes the gunk stick more.
3. Use a new brush every time. The paint sticks to the bristles so eventually the paint ends up getting smeared back on so switch to a new one before it gets to that point.
Note: This works for Plastic, Metal and Resin models.
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