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bobspruster12 Jun 2018 3:16 p.m. PST

So I recently took ownership of a big collection of 54mm plastic figs. Trouble is, everyone of them is badly painted. Any suggestions on how to strip the paint off 100s of figs?

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

I've heard of soaking in Simple Green, but have personally never tried it.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 3:58 p.m. PST

If they are painted with acrylics, you can with patience, actually peel the paint off.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 6:57 p.m. PST

If Simple Green is safe for plastic figures, then I would use that and a handful of toothbrushes.

Are they hard or soft plastic?

ced110612 Jun 2018 7:53 p.m. PST

Power Clean (Purple Power) from Walmart's more effective than SG, but wear gloves when using!

Cyrus the Great12 Jun 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

Easy Off oven cleaner if soft plastic.

nevinsrip13 Jun 2018 1:25 a.m. PST

For soft plastic nothing beats full strength Pine-Sol.
Soak for 24 hours.
Remove the figure.
DO NOT WET THE FIGURE WITH WATER!! If you wet the figure, you lose all the chemicals that attack paint.
Use a brush to scrub the paint way. Stiff toothbrush is good here. Battery powered is even better.
Now, rinse under warm/hot water while continuing to scrub away loose paint.
Repeat if necessary.
Use a toothpick to remove paint stuck in hard to reach areas.

Try this first. That's 40+ years of experience with plastic figures talking.

Baranovich13 Jun 2018 6:55 a.m. PST

Don't waste your time with Simple Green, it's too weak to take paint off minis. quickly. I tried it by soaking some GW plastic minis. in it and after a day it had done nothing.

Sounds like nevinsrip has used Pine-Sol quite effectively, could go with that.

Me personally, I took those same GW plastics and on the advice of an online forum tried Super Clean. It might also be under the name, "Purple Power" or some such name like that. In any event, it's in the automotive section of Walmart. It comes in a purple container and it meant to be an automotive degreaser.

This stuff works AMAZINGLY! I had primed the GW plastics with a spray primer that just horrifically caked and textured the minis with a horrible finish that was dried on like rock. Must have either been the temp. or a bad can of spray, don't know.

I put the Super Clean into a large tupperware container and simply put in the minis. and let them float around. For one bigger mini. I had to put a weight on the base to keep it submerged. Then I went back after a few hours and flipped over the floating ones just to make sure that all sides of the mini. were submerged for a time.

After letting them soak overnight this way, that rock-hard primer had literally dissolved and dispersed into the Super Clean. The plastic itself was not harmed in the least, it does not affect plastic unless you literally soak a mini. for a month in which case it might start to break down the plastic. But for a day it's totally fine!

I had to do very little toothbrush scrubbing, most of the primer had been degreased and broken down to the point where I could run the minis. under warm water and most of it just washed away.

***One important note. You may have some areas on plastic minis. where there's a light, chalky residue left behind from the primer. Even after you lightly scrub the mini. you may have some of this left behind. This is OK. It's like a "shadow" left from where the primer was originally bonded to the plastic. Don't worry about this! You can prime and paint over it again!

***MORE important note. WEAR GLOVES when using Super Clean! It works great but it's nasty stuff. The degreasing agent in it is powerful and not great for human contact. It will dry out the skin on your hands and cause a horrific itch that will take a couple days to go away if you get it on your hands. Even when I was using gloves some managed to creep in underneath and get on my fingers, so I had to use skin cream for a day or two to get them moisturized again.

But you can't go wrong with Super Clean for stripping, give it a try!

dapeters13 Jun 2018 8:43 a.m. PST

I've used SG with mixed results sometimes the paint just came off and other times I need a tooth brush on plastic. Pine-Sol stinks up the house and my wife knows I am not clean the bathroom. But it works with a tooth brush mush better then SG om metal.

TheWarStoreSweetie13 Jun 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

I strip and prep a ton of figures for the HMGS Hobby U. I use an inexpensive ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and 90% First Aid Grade Rubbing alcohol. It works like a charm on metal, resins, plastics and Bones figures. Hope this helps.

bobspruster13 Jun 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

Thanks for the tips! I'll check Wallyworld for the purple stuff. I have so many figures to do that I could give all of tips a try. Extrabio, the figs are soft plastic.

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