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The H Man15 Feb 2022 4:32 a.m. PST

I feel a bit embarrassed not knowing the answer.

I'm talking GW Citadel base and layer paint. I know to use Dettol and such as striper, but wouldn't that destroy the under layers?

I could do a test, but thought someone here would know.

It's important and will save a lot of repainting.

I guess I could use dilute Dettol on a cotton ball/bud, then wash with water once I have removed enough. Haven't tried it though.

I certainly look forward to learning how and adding it to my bag of tricks.

Thanks for any help.

45thdiv15 Feb 2022 5:34 a.m. PST

Paint over it. Trying to remove the paint will take all the paint and primer off.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2022 6:07 a.m. PST

You only remove one layer of paint if you think someone painted over a Rembrandt. For that, you hire an expert and pay a fortune. For a miniature, you strip completely, paint over or buy a new miniature.

Might be some hope if you'd painted acrylic over oils or the other way around, but even then I doubt it would be worth the time and trouble. Using acrylics throughout, it's hopeless.

Sgt Slag15 Feb 2022 7:55 a.m. PST

Regarding the Rembrandt comments, the technician uses a Q-tip soaked in a mild solvent, lightly rubbing the layer of paint/whatever they want to remove. You can try it, but I would follow the recommendations already given: paint over, strip and start over, or buy a new mini and start over on that.

If you are planning on stripping it, you have nothing to lose, so grab a Q-tip, an appropriate solvent, and give it a go. Cheers!

skipper John15 Feb 2022 9:16 a.m. PST

It is easy to remove "a single layer of paint." Unfortunately it will be the bottom layer…

Regicide164915 Feb 2022 11:02 a.m. PST

A vote here for painting over it, having attempted to strip yellowed varnish off 30 year-old figures before. Time-consuming disaster. The only alternative I can see is to strip it all back and repaint from scratch.

The H Man15 Feb 2022 1:30 p.m. PST

Maybe there's not such a hole in my knowledge after all. Thank you all.

It's a rather large miniature (terrain) and it's only a portion that needs attention.

I may try an experiment or two. If I can get the worse off, I can touch up any remaining unwanted paint/damaged underlayers.

I'll point out it was not my mistake, so I'll get paid whatever I do to fix it. However I'd still like to find the quickest/cheapest option for the client. The paints were mixed colours, so repainting will be time consuming, but perhaps necessary.

14Bore15 Feb 2022 3:39 p.m. PST

Touched up many, probably tossed more into the stripper

Martin Rapier16 Feb 2022 12:09 a.m. PST

I'd just paint over it.

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