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Mutant Q02 May 2018 6:34 a.m. PST

After a disastrous attempt to seal some Hammer's Slammers tanks, I found myself forced to strip my models and start from scratch. However, I'm finding that soaking the models in Simple Green isn't softening the paint (i.e. Army Painter Gun Metal Primer). Since the tanks are primarily resin, I'm reluctant to try anything stronger, lest I melt the miniature too. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

I guess I might try a citrus-based paint stripper, frex: link

Mutant Q02 May 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

I'll give that a try after I test it on some scrap resin.

RittervonBek02 May 2018 7:57 a.m. PST

Methylated spirit?

PrivateSnafu02 May 2018 8:10 a.m. PST

If its primer and its sticking, why not just leave it?

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 8:25 a.m. PST

I second on the CitriStrip. As always try on a small area first. it comes in a plastic bottle and I normally use a plastic cup to hold the miniatures during stripping. I've seen it work in under 5 minutes. It's very thick so you can paint it on or just soak.

Mutant Q02 May 2018 9:34 a.m. PST


Because the clear coat bubbled and cracked on the surface.

photocrinch Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

How long did you soak? I have found a longer (week or so) soak and brushing with a stiff plastic bristle brush will usually get off most surface detail on stubborn paint. That being said I have occasionally encountered some paints that are amazingly resistant to stripping.

DyeHard02 May 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

Concentrated Pine-Sol at full strength


Longer soaking helps, removing loose paint and re-soaking, and even mild heating all help with both Simple Green and Pine-Sol.

DyeHard02 May 2018 11:45 a.m. PST

For metal figures only, I have heard of, but not used,Aircraft® Paint Remover


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

I have not used, but have heard well spoken of, alcohol in a cheap jewelry cleaner.

Cyrus the Great02 May 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Sprat Easy Off oven cleaner.

KPinder02 May 2018 5:25 p.m. PST

Some time ago someone posted an alert that Simple Green had reformulated, omitting one of its' more important components. There is a similar product called Purple Power you might want to try.

Lascaris02 May 2018 9:00 p.m. PST

We use a mix of simple green and tsp to remove toxic contaminants that aren't readily soluble in pure SG.You might give that a try.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 10:49 p.m. PST

I use Simple Green in a large ultrasonic cleaner.
Nothing has withstood it after thousands of figures and parts.
The cleaners are fairly inexpensive and make the job a lot easier.

ced110602 May 2018 11:07 p.m. PST

+1 Super Clean (aka. Purple Power)

Mutant Q03 May 2018 5:39 a.m. PST

Does Purple Power melt plastic/resin?

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