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Drakdylon
17-10-2009, 01:44 AM
Okay, so I know most people use Simple Green when stripping paint, but I was wondering, would non-acetone nail-polish remover work for stripping paint from metal models? It's the only sort of paint-stripper chemical I have available. (I use it for those -unfortunately un-rare- occasions when I accidentally stick my hand to my face with superglue...)

If you've ever used nail-polish remover to strip paint from your minis, tell me, does it work, or ought I to head to my nearest chemical dispensary emporium and purchase a bottle of Simple Green?

Ossai
17-10-2009, 11:00 AM
I have used nail polish remover, but it was the acetone kind. Super Glue Remover also works really well if you have any of that.

Also, Simple Green have a website...somewhere.

Consadine
17-10-2009, 02:52 PM
Nail polish remover with or without acetone works wonders for metal minis. Try it on plastic, though, and you'll get meltage.

For plastics, use Simple Green.

Honsou
17-10-2009, 02:58 PM
Siiiiiimple Grreeeeeen is all I can say. Works on everything.

Silent_P
17-10-2009, 03:16 PM
It amazes me at the uses of Simple Green. I'm a machinist by trade, and we use Simple Green for cleaning our machines, washing parts, scrubbing the floor and neutralizing various rust inhibitors. Such wonderful stuff. I'm beginning to wonder if it is more useful than WD-40.

Honsou
17-10-2009, 04:08 PM
It amazes me at the uses of Simple Green. I'm a machinist by trade, and we use Simple Green for cleaning our machines, washing parts, scrubbing the floor and neutralizing various rust inhibitors. Such wonderful stuff. I'm beginning to wonder if it is more useful than WD-40.

It is.

Drakdylon
18-10-2009, 02:55 AM
It is.

HERETIC! Duct tape an WD-40 will always remain the most useful things in a man's toolbox/chemicals closet! (I hope...)

Lol.

So, I actually tried it out, and I must have some pretty dang wimpy nail-polish remover, cuz it did pretty much nothing... The nail-polish remover turned purple after about ten seconds, and then ceased to remove the paint. It did soften it a little though... Maybe I'll hafta Google "Simple Green" and buy a jug or case or bottle or whatever size plastic receptacle it is most commonly contained in. (We shall see if it is indeed more useful than WD-40...)

Consadine
18-10-2009, 03:01 AM
I let the bit/model sit in the Nail Polish Remover for a few hours. Put it in, walk away, do other stuffs, then come back to it. How long were you letting it soak?

Drakdylon
18-10-2009, 04:07 AM
About two or three hours...

Honsou
18-10-2009, 12:48 PM
Again, simple green. Also more cost effective than nail polish remover :P

ledfloyd
18-10-2009, 08:31 PM
I used some "Dollar Store" Non-Acetone nail polish remover and it worked great for stripping metal but was OK with plastic models. I think it the reason why it was ok with plastic is you can't put too much brush pressure on Skellies. I left the models in for 4-5 days. Even worked OK with 20yr old Testors Enamel paintjobs. the major drawback with the Non-Acetone nail polish remover I used was the smell... Headache City. I used a Respirator to get the job done. Also, I tried "Vim Power Cream" degreaser that worked really well on metal but almost no effect on plastic after 8-12 hours or so.

Silent_P
21-10-2009, 12:04 AM
So I came across some old plastic minis that have an enamel based paint on them. To be more accurate, I believe it is spray paint. What would you suggest I use to remove it?

Consadine
21-10-2009, 01:22 AM
Simple Green. It's a cleaning item, but I don't know if Walmart carries it. I've heard that some car stores do as it's a very good thing to use for cleaning.

Honsou
21-10-2009, 04:06 PM
Simple Green. It's a cleaning item, but I don't know if Walmart carries it. I've heard that some car stores do as it's a very good thing to use for cleaning.

If not, it can be ordered cheaply online for delivery.