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I'll spare you the details of exactly how it came into my posession, but suffice it to say i've been given a kit that a young relative has had a go at and lost interest in.
Some of the parts have already been painted, but badly. It basically looks like the part has either been dipped in the paint, or had it poured on exceedingly thickly, and has obscured many of the small details. I know he used Tamiya acrylic paint, and am after some tips on how to remove it without destroying the detail on the part.
Some TSP mixed with water works really well. It is a lot cheaper than windex. If you have anything other than acrylics on it, try Castrol Super Clean. I've successivefully taken off lacquer from a 5 year old model without harm to the plastic.
(Login thuringen) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
Nail varnish remover
September 21 2004, 12:32 PM
For removing enamel paint, I found that nail varnish remover works well. Pour some into a container, dunk the model in it and scrub with an old toothbrush. Paint sometimes catches in the recesses but it is quite effective overall.
And before the funny replies pour in, I might add that it was my mother's bottle and not mine!
"At Victoria Station the RTO gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked "This is your enemy". I searched every compartment but he wasn't on the train".
Spike Milligan, "Adolf Hitler - My part in his downfall"
...is to use easy-off oven cleaner. They have one that has no fumes and will rip the paint off in a hurry and you could leave plastic dipped in it and it won't harm it at ALL. I use an old toothbrush with soft bristles to get in the crevices. It works wonders on a ruined paintjob. But keep in mind it really only works with acrylics especially Tamiya. Enamels don't work so well.
Windex does a quick, no work job removing Tamiya paint. Took only 5 minutes to totally strip the jagdtiger that I wasn't happy with the paint job. Just make sure you have a big rag to set the model on. The Windex that leaked through the rag also cleans us the model desk real good.