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Muerto Inactive Member10 Feb 2015 8:47 a.m. PST

Bless those kids who never saw past goblin green, as dettol strips that stuff off second-hand miniatures like a charm.

However, I've found that for every few rebirthed Brettonian archers, one dries with a white residue that can be scratched off in raised areas with a finger nail.

Any ideas how I can get rid of it in the crevices? Toothbrush and water (soapy or not) only partially work. Vegetable oil and toothbrush does nothing.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian10 Feb 2015 9:14 a.m. PST

I've never come across this and I regularly strip my plastic and metal miniatures with Dettol.

Good luck with this one.


TNE230010 Feb 2015 9:44 a.m. PST

try a SHORT bath in vinegar and salt

I had a similar problem stripping some Matchbox cars
one ended up rather corroded with white powder
and spread to the others

a quick bath cleared them up

the one that caused the problem started dissolving
my guess is it had a higher zinc content

Fizzypickles Inactive Member12 Feb 2015 6:39 a.m. PST

Acetone and a toothbrush?

Muerto Inactive Member12 Feb 2015 8:14 a.m. PST

Hi guys,

Thanks for the tips. The vinegar method didn't work (though it made the house smell nicely of hot chips), but it was worth a try.

I should have noted that they're high-impact styrene, so I'm afraid acetone will eat them.

Fizzypickles Inactive Member12 Feb 2015 10:16 a.m. PST

As a matter of Interest Muerto, what is your process for stripping plastic with Dettol?

The one common mistake is to bring water into the equation, this creates a white gunk and residue.

Muerto Inactive Member13 Feb 2015 6:10 a.m. PST

In a jar with pure dettol for between an hour and overnight. This is followed by a toothbrush scrub, followed by either patting dry with tissues, or…

rinsing with water. Maybe that's the issue.

Cheers Fizzypickles.

Muerto Inactive Member15 Feb 2015 9:30 a.m. PST

For those who come after, I solved this one. Essentially, one extra step is required in these odd cases where the plastic somehow facilitates a precipitate to come out of the dettol when exposed to soapy water.

Step 1:
These things in dettol which aren't soluable in water are, in fact, soluable in dettol. So, back in the dettol for a couple of hours to remove them.

Step 2:
In these cases, remove the dettol by soaking in vegetable oil for a couple of hours and then scrubing with a toothbrush.

Step 3:
Remove the vegetable oil with dishwashing detergent and water and scrubbing with the toothbrush.

Step 4:
Remove soap with tap water.

And this, people, is why we study chemistry in high school.

Baneslayer Inactive Member14 Sep 2016 11:24 p.m. PST


I am a bit late, but I have the same issue when stripping paint and I would need some advice! :)

I am using AK Interactive Paint Stripper to dissolve the paint, and it does it in a matter of seconds. But when I scrub the miniature with soap and water, the white residue appears.

But if I were to put the miniature in vegetable oil, before I scrub it with soap and water, the residue should not appear? Is this correct?

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