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POLL: Is Stripping Paint Off Figures More Trouble Than It's Worth?

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Militia Pete Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Unless they are 28mm and I invested a ton, I won't go through the pain. I had a bunch of 15mm WWII that the primer mummified the figs and after hours of stripping, never fully got them perfectly clean. Kept the vehicles and started with fresh troops.

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It's worth the effort to put better figures on the table.
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It's too much trouble to strip paint and start over.
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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP muses:

I used to strip paint off old figures all the time. Figures I bought at a flea market. Figures that I had painted but knew I could do a better job on, etc.

So I tried all the recipes. Acetone, Pine Sol, Simple Green, etc.

I quickly found that success depended totally on the primer, and the books and crannies on the figure. If the paint were to come off, it would come off after an overnight soak. Never completely.

I tried toothpicks, needles, etc.

I even got some fiber wheels for a Dremel.

I still have jars of stuff that never got clean.

I have come to the conclusion that if it is easy peasy, it's still too much work. I am a slow painter, and this just cuts into my valuable time. I now would much rather spend my valuable time on painting new figures, and play with the old "inferior paint job" figures. Hey, my newer more beautiful figures don't fight any better than the old ones!

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