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Duc de Brouilly01 Sep 2020 9:26 a.m. PST

When I'm re-working figures, I never try to strip off the paint, rather I paint over the existing paintwork.

However, I'm hoping to have a mould made for me from some painted figures that a bought a little while ago (I've never been able to identify the maker and suspect they started life as someone's home-casts). The mould maker insists the figure must be paint free.

So I was wondering if anyone has any tips or recommended products (I live in the UK). From the look of the paint- work I believe it's acrylic.

Thanks, in advance.

JimDuncanUK01 Sep 2020 9:54 a.m. PST


Keep it away from water.

Timmo uk01 Sep 2020 10:20 a.m. PST

Nitromors or similar paint stripper. I find it works faster than Dettol and if they have been undercoated in enamel it'll cut through that as well.

miniaturemen Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Sep 2020 11:29 a.m. PST

The best product i have found is Biostrip.
Also wondering why the paint would need to be stripped first?

citizen sade01 Sep 2020 11:38 a.m. PST

Another vote for a Biostrip 20. The only downside is that you'll need to order it from the manufacturer rather than pick it up from the supermarket like you can do with Dettol.

Wackmole901 Sep 2020 1:25 p.m. PST

Sonic jewellery cleaning machine will do it

SHaT198401 Sep 2020 3:46 p.m. PST

Commercial paint stripper (toxic- usually caustic).
If varnished you will need to break down that layer first. Ask me how i know…

Metal figures can go into very hot soapy water to start the process, then scrub while warm with a good tight brass brush. The layers should peal away.

After they've dried off somewhat, do the prof stripper thing…

Duc de Brouilly02 Sep 2020 3:04 p.m. PST

Many thanks gentlemen. The Biostrip is ordered and my project for the weekend is settled!

Duc de Brouilly05 Sep 2020 9:54 a.m. PST

The Biostrip worked a treat and revealed a much better casting than I'd expected. So, again, many thanks for the recommendations and advice.

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