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Removing Old Layers of Paint.
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Oklahoma, United States
Member Since: February 11, 2013
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:13 PM UTC
I found a quick and easy way to remove acrylic paint from an old model.

I have an Dragon Pz III J that I painted and never finished about 4 or 5 years ago. I have been using it as a test-bed for weathering and paint and such for a bit now. So I decided I wanted to finally finish it, but would need to clean it up first.

I have have used Lysol Multi-purpose Cleaner to take off dry Tamiya paint from the side of my airbrush and so such. I decided to try it on the model.

It worked great. Most of the first layer of paint along with the 'weathering' came off with just a spray. A soft toothbrush brought off most of the black shadow coat that was under the base coat.

There were still some stops that were hard to reach and still cover with paint, as well as a dark tone to many place where the last of the under coat was not completely removed. At that point it would have been fine to prime over everything and start over again, but I wanted to see how clean I could get.

I bought a larger bottle today and now have the model soaking in vat of cleaner to see if I can get down to the original plastic without much if any more scrubbing.

I will post some pics tomorrow after it's done.

All this made me wonder what tricks you all might have found for quick, easy, and cheap paint removal.
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California, United States
Member Since: January 07, 2009
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Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 08:30 PM UTC
I use an ultra-sonic cleaner.

Does a terrific job!