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Graven Games Inactive Member05 Sep 2012 6:29 a.m. PST

Hi all, just written up a guide for this including pictures and step by step instructions for anyone who hasnt done this before.

The guide can be found at this link:



Hope you find it useful!

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2012 6:36 a.m. PST

cheers mate, useful article that.

I have left the building Inactive Member05 Sep 2012 7:26 a.m. PST

used this method for a while now and I can say it's the only way I strip minis.

but this is a superb tutorial thanks for sharing

Graven Games Inactive Member05 Sep 2012 7:28 a.m. PST

Thanks guys, glad it's useful.

Angel Barracks Inactive Member05 Sep 2012 7:57 a.m. PST

Not wanting to sound confrontational in anyway, but why do so many people use stuff like this instead of things like turps or white spirit?

Count Belisarius Inactive Member05 Sep 2012 8:00 a.m. PST

I might give that a go. I've used Nail Varnish Remover in the past but that can get interesting if doing for prolonged periods in a confined space! :)


Bran Flayk05 Sep 2012 8:12 a.m. PST

This has been my preferred method of stripping miniatures for a while now. Works on metal and plastic, can leave them in for about a week with no ill effects on the models. (Sometimes undoes glue, but doesn't turn model into a gloopy mess)

dampfpanzerwagon Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Sep 2012 8:34 a.m. PST

My preferred method of stripping minis for some time now.


TamsinP05 Sep 2012 9:45 a.m. PST

@ Angel Barracks – I'm guessing that it's mainly because Dettol and similar don't smell as nasty as turps/white spirit. I've used Tesco's own pine disinfectant quite successfully, but had to resort to nail polish remover for some very old Traveller minis that I'd painted up using enamels back in the early/mid 80s.

I'd probably consider using turps/white spirit if I had easy access to an outside area to do the stripping.

Personal logo Insomniac Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2012 11:29 p.m. PST

Angel, Dettol is just an antiseptic detergent which can be diluted and washed down the drain. Turps/white spirit is not so easy to correctly dispose of.

I use Dettol for most of my stripping but when the going gets tough (on metal miniatures only) I use Nitromors. It not only stripps the paint but also softens all the glues/putties making them easier to brush away.

Turps/white spirit is not as effective as Dettol.

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