Stripping Paint

Various suggestions from Clubhouse Members

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 Dare

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! Anonymous

How to use Castrol Super Clean
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 either).

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 process.

ScaleCoat 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 below.  darkestkarma

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"