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September 11 2002 at 1:39 PM
Nate Domagalski  (no login)
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Response to Citadel paints

Here's some other tricks to removing Citradel (as well as Tamiya and Gunze) paints.

1. Isopropyl alcohol

Citadel paints usually come off in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, available at any drug store. I usually buy 91% isopropyl. It's cheap and very effective.

The alcohol won't attack injection molded plastic. But if left in contact for an extended period (more than an hour), isopropyl will definitely attack resin - it softens like putty. Despite this problem, I have used isopropyl to clean-up painted resin pieces with good success. Try a quick dip in the alcohol followed by gentle brushing with an old toothbrush or just a rag.

2. Over cleaner

Never tried this myself, but I know a number of Warhammer gamers who use Easy-off spray oven cleaner to remove acrylic paint. Spray on the cleaner, allow to set for a minute or two, then wash away cleaner and paint with water. The oven cleaner is very basic, so make a rinse solution of white vinegar and water to completely remove the cleaner. Since I never tried this one, I would definitely test it first on a scrap piece of resin or plastic.

3. Pinesol floor cleaner

Again, never tried this myself, but it's a common trick by Warhammer gamers. Dip the plastic into Pinesol and allow to soak for a few minutes. I know for a fact that this will soften plastic if in contact for any length of time - so be careful and try on a piece of scrap first! Rinse with water.

Hope this helps!
Nate Domagalski
Pittsburgh, PA

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