Stripping Paint

Well, lets get right to it. Removing the paint from overly painted models.

The Materials that you will need are:

  • An acetone based nail-polish remover,
  • A Toothbrush,
  • Paper towel or a rag,
  • A Toothpick,
  • A sealable container to hold your models,
  • a pair of gloves,
  • A well ventilated area,
  • and Models that need stripping.

The Model I will be stripping is the one on the left.

1) The first step is obviously to gather up your materials and some models.

It really is incredibly simple after you have tracked down everything you need. By this I mean, It takes 4 steps to finish the entire process.

2) Step two is to dunk the model as completely as you can, tip him over if you need to. Then check on him every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes.  Then check on him in the next 15 minutes. After that, every 30-60 minutes until you reach 2 hours in the dunk tank.

3) The Third Step is to scrub the model with your toothbush until the majority of the paint peels off. In some of the crevaces you may want to use your toothpick to pick it out, it will be much quicker than brushing for hours on end.

You should get 90% of the paint off in your first try, shown in the picture above. If you are un-satisfied with the results, just repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are done. Don’t freak out when your glue bonds fail, the residue should come off just as easily as the paint and it is easy to put back together.

4) The Last step is to wash your models in running water. This is only so that when you prime them again the paint doesn’t slip off.


4 responses

22 08 2010

Is it possible that, after completely stripping one model, you can put another in that same jar or container with the paint still floating around in the liquid, or is it necessary to put the remover in another container?

10 10 2010

It’s VERY important to note that acetone is a cancer causing agent.

“But if that’s true, they wouldn’t use it in nail polish remover!”

Welcome to the world where beauty is more important than the soul.

7 03 2014
Miguel Sorensen

Acetone is now rarely used as a base of nail-polish removers because It’s not “gentle”. It will remove the lipids in your skin so It’s been replaced by ethyl acetate.

28 11 2014


Doesn’t the acetone melt the plastic? (it does), if left for extended time, the plastic gets soft and rubbery, and fine detail does get bland.

Also, you can use acetone many times, just keep it in a sealed container (The acetone will also melt or degrade the plastic lining in the inside of the lid of metal caps for sealing glass jars). Oh, it evaporates rapidly.

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