|I used a combo of Simple
Green and a non toxic paint stripper that is a paste kinda deal to
get my Sideshow Gollum all cleaned off. Try the simple green first since
it's relatively inexpensive (use a strong concentration - maybe 1:1 with
water) let sit overnight in a bucket-and then get a brush to scrub at it -
no wire brushes o course- just the plastic kind or you'll scratch up the
finish. It may take a few rounds- but I think it's safe for the material
and waaaay less toxic to you than ovencleaners and the like. OK on vinyl
and resin. damnedartists
|Castrol's Super Clean
Degreaser did a superb job with a minimum of fuss and it left me
with a chalk-white casting of a great Bowen sculpture. The material seems
to be a porcelain-impregnated resin. I have since chopped off Batman's
neck and reworked his neck and he's all primed and ready for a paint job.
The Castrol works a charm, so charge ahead without fear.
OK on vinyl
and resin. Double
|I use Pine Sol to
strip paint off kits, works in a few hours, doesn't hurt your hands, and a
fresh pine scent. Around 1/4 bottle in a gallon of water works
great. OK on vinyl
and resin. Misellus
|To strip a RESIN KIT I use DEEP
DOWN STAIN STRIPPER. I found it at Home Depot in the paint
section, it comes in a red spray can. It is used for stripping the
stain and varnish off of wooden items. On resin, it starts to work almost
immediately and NO FUMES. I haven't tried it on vinyl yet, so you're on
your own there. But for resin, it's teriffic!
|How to use Castrol
|Go to Kmart, Walmart, or anywhere there is an
automotive department. Buy the big purple gallon jug, don't waste time
with the smaller ones. Get a plastic container that is large enough to put
the kit into, preferably one with a lid. (I use a rubbermaid container
that is about the size of a 12 pack of pop).
Put the parts in the plastic container. Pour the Castrol into the
container until the parts are submerged. Let soak. Amount of time needed
may vary. I have gone anywhere from a couple hours to over a month
(completely forgot the kit was soaking). Never had a problem with it
damaging the parts in any way.
After the parts have soaked, remove from plastic container and rinse with
running warm water in the sink. (you should use gloves to protect your
hands while doing this, eye protection would not be out of the question
Use an old toothbrush to scrub the paint out of the little cracks and
grooves of the kit.
If the paint is really thick or stubborn, you may have to repeat the
II - Wash Away paint remover
|The stuff I've used is
called "ScaleCoat II - Wash Away paint remover". This stuff
kicks A$$!!! 5 minutes and it starts to remove ANY paint...acrylic,
enamel, and lacquer based. It does not harm styrene either. You don't need
to soak it, but I always put the item in a tub and poured it over top and
scooped some back up again and let it run over the kit again. Then after
about 5 minutes start scrubbing. It cleans in down to the bone, and best
of all is reusable. You simply strain it through a coffee filter to catch
the bigger paint particles and reuse the solvent. I had a pint of it for 5
years!!! Its about $8 for the pint. Just wanted to pass this along as I
know it's always a hot topic. A link to the manufacturer is included
|Removing Chrome from Parts
|A very easy way to remove chrome plating
from plastic parts is to use oven cleaning spray. Wear gloves for this.
Spray some oven cleaner to a freezing container, put the parts (or the
whole sprue) to the container and spray some more oven cleaner, so that
the parts are covered. Then close the lid and wait for couple of hours,
most of the plating should be gone or removed easily with a toothbrush. If
all plating doesn't come off, repeat the spray treatment. Works great! "jasoncg1971"