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Paint Remover

Postby Helegak3 » Thursday June 2nd, 2016 11:20pm

Hello All,
I brought my miniatures from Hero Quest (US main system), and I have gotten a lot better at painting, so it's time to repaint them. However, I need to remove the paint. I have seen lots of things online about how to do this, and I am also told that nail polish remover will damage the figurines. However, I am in South Korea, so I need something that I can get here. I know you can import anything from Amazon.com, but even if the price is cheap, shipping costs are outrageous. Any ideas?
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Re: Paint Remover

Postby cynthialee » Friday June 3rd, 2016 12:26am

Soak them in Simple Green for 2 days. Then scrub them with an old toothbrush under a slow stream of water.
Most of the paint should come off easy enough. Then there will be some left on some miniatures. Soak them again in clean Simple Green for a few more days and scrub them again.

That gets off most mini paint I have encountered without harming the mini's.
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Re: Paint Remover

Postby slev » Friday June 3rd, 2016 5:11am

If you remind me, I'll pester my fiancee ( a chemist by trade) as to what the chemical is in the verious products we all use.

in my case, it's dettol.


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Re: Paint Remover

Postby knightkrawler » Friday June 3rd, 2016 11:15am

I think we have about 15 threads dealing with this.
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Re: Paint Remover

Postby mitchiemasha » Saturday June 4th, 2016 2:51am

Dettol but don't add any water.


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Re: Paint Remover

Postby Sjeng » Saturday June 4th, 2016 2:27pm

mitchiemasha wrote:Dettol but don't add any water.

yes, this. NO water. pure dettol or simple green.

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Re: Paint Remover

Postby slev » Monday June 6th, 2016 2:10pm

Apparently the active chemical is either benzalconum chloride or chlorhexadine. I can't spell those names...

Edit: Now updated to "chloroxylenol". APparently that's the chemical that actually strips teh paint.


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Re: Paint Remover

Postby knightkrawler » Monday June 6th, 2016 4:46pm

slev wrote:"chloroxylenol". APparently that's the chemical that actually strips teh paint.


It also strips the nails from my toes.
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Re: Paint Remover

Postby Helegak3 » Tuesday June 7th, 2016 2:38am

I can't get simple green or dettol here. That is the point of my post...
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Re: Paint Remover

Postby Big Bene » Tuesday June 7th, 2016 3:40am

Where do you live?
Have a look ;)


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