How to remove old paint from plastic and metal miniatures

2016-12-16 Khaiell

The best tool for paint stripping in my book is... brake fluid. The one used in cars. You can buy it at any gas station and at many run-of-the-mill supermarkets. It is designed not to damage metal car parts or plastic pipes but also to prevent corrosion and remove impurities.

Stripping and repainting models

Start by pouring the fluid into a jar. Then put the miniatures inside:

Brake fluid is ready for the paint-stripping action
Brake fluid is ready for the paint-stripping action

Keep the miniatures in the jar until the paint starts to peel of by itself. Depending on the model shapes and paints used it may take a couple of hours or days. In this case it was enough to soak the miniatures overnight:

The paint is coming off like by a miracle
The paint is coming off like by a miracle

Pull the models off the jar using tweezers. Scrape the remaining paint with an old toothbrush. Note that any glue used on the models is very likely to come off as well. Be prepared for some glued parts to fall off.

Enjoy the models as new!

See the pictures as separate pages: Stripping and repainting models

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