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Stripping the paint

Postby Geofonos » Monday May 9th, 2016 3:16am

Good day to everyone!
I searched the forum but couldn't quite find a similar topic to this one. If there is, I apologise beforehand and I ask from the admins to move my post accordingly. Onto the subject:
I have acquired a couple of HeroQuest sets of miniatures and furnitures that were badly painted. I got them real cheap, like 15 euro per set, so I though it would be a fun and easy job to strip the paint off completely - I wanted them to look like new. Alas! It turns out this is really a pain in the neck...
I have searched around and tried a bunch of different methods. I've tried soaking them in Dettol for weeks and brushing away with an old toothbrush. I also tried using isopropyl alcohol, Fairy Power spray and brake fluid. The results of all those products were similar. After a good brushing, I am able to get rid about 75% of the paint. The rest of it has nested in tiny nooks and crannies and requires delicate work done with a pointy tip of a compass (I tried using toothpicks but they get wet and break real easily). Ultimatelly, I was able to get all the paint off the miniature but it took me ages. So I'm thinking I have to do it for over 60 small pieces of plastic and I'm getting a headache already!
One of the two sets has had a primer applied which makes it even harder for me to get rid of the paint. I tried using non aceton nail polisher but that didn't give me any good results. It just turns the paint into a muck and when brushed, it is spread all over the miniature making it sticky too.
As you can understand, I'm in quite a pickle. Don't get me wrong, it is a fun job but after a while I get frustrated.
I was wondering if anyone has any better solutions to direct me to. Any help appreciated. Thanks in adance.


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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby slev » Monday May 9th, 2016 3:53am

I use dettol then a toothbrush while the detol is still there. This gets rid of enough of the paint taht you can re-prime it.


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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby Schmidt » Monday May 9th, 2016 5:31pm

Just use "Husholdningssprit" which, unfortunately, can only be bought in Denmark. The translation is "Ethanol" which I guess is s broad term.
5 minutes in a jar and then rinse in cold water. The last bits of paint comes off with a toothbrush.
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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby sajungzak » Monday May 9th, 2016 5:40pm

I used Everclear and a vibrating toothbrush once. I had oversprayed the primer and it wasn't completely dry yet, but it worked and didn't seem to hurt the mini.

Everclear is grain alcohol. 190 proof. In other words, 95% ethanol. I don't think it's legal everywhere though.
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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby ampersand » Monday May 9th, 2016 6:07pm

slev wrote:I use dettol then a toothbrush while the detol is still there. This gets rid of enough of the paint taht you can re-prime it.


+1 on that.
not the diluted stuff though. get the proper stuff. allow your minis to soak for about 24 hours then use a toothbrush to remove the paint. if you do it right you can pretty much peel it off in 1 go like a skin...sounds weird but it works |_P


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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby mitchiemasha » Monday May 9th, 2016 9:31pm

Important note... When using dettol, don't add water or rinse them off whilst brushing. This will make the paint go back to a gloop. Brush them in the tub filled with dettol. Only rinse them with water once you are happy you have brushed away the paint.

I use an old cloth to filter the dettol into a fresh tub, and use it again.


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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby Geofonos » Tuesday May 10th, 2016 3:56am

Thanks guys for all your answers.
Hmmm, it seems that I have used the wrong kind of Dettol. I bought the green one from a supermarket (only that one was available, Green Apple freshness^^) and wasn't really happy with the results. I might have to get the original brown one which is only found in drugstores around here.
The first batch didn't have any primer applied so most of the paint comes off within a minute or two of brushing.
But the second batch had primer applied. That thing seems to be a real pain to get off. Anyway, I'll try the original Dettol for now.


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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby Big Bene » Tuesday May 10th, 2016 4:22am

I use what Schmidt calles "Husholdningssprit", it's "Brennspiritus" here in Germany.
In Greece, it's called οινόπνευμα and sold in 1/2 litre blue plastic bottles, it's used in every Greek household.
It seems it is pretty uncommon in the anglophone world, as I could not find a translation other then the bulky "denaturated alcohol" or "methylated spirit".

I just let the figures soak over night and then clean them with a tothbrush or cloth. The results are not always the best , sometimes i have to repeat the procedure, but in general, it works.

I would recommend having a bottle on your workbench anyways, for cleaning the minis from every trace of grease before basecoating them - grease is the very enemy of paint.
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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby Sparkymark » Tuesday May 10th, 2016 2:30pm

What is the reason for stripping the old paint off ( forgive my ignorance )?
Can you not paint over it as the old paint would just be like a primer?


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Re: Stripping the paint

Postby knightkrawler » Tuesday May 10th, 2016 2:56pm

I've never seen the urge either.
I have in fact overprimed, seeing no points of contempt with the finished paintjob because of previously existing layers.

But there are a lot of old minis out there that were painted with improper tools and paints cause they simply didn't know better.
The hobby wasn't a thing and minis were painted with enamel paints and worse things in glaring colors and without concept.
This was especially bad here in Germany because the comapny Revell offered enamel paints in every toy store to go with their scale models.
People used those.

Boy, and those need to be stripped now.
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