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    hi, best way to remove paint ? preserve orig body ?

  • #2
    Originally posted by robby8559 View Post
    hi, best way to remove paint ? preserve orig body ?
    What time frame? 10 minutes or a day?

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    • #3
      Testors sells a paint stripper for model kit bodies, that should work well for HO slot car bodies as well. Some people use 90% isopropyl alcohol and others use oven cleaner. Usually some scrubbing with a toothbrush will be needed. If you are talking about a resin body I am not sure what works with those.

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      • #4
        Hi,

        The approach varies. First things first. Plastic or resin?

        If plastic, who is the manufacturer, and what is the era? Any clue as to what paint is to be removed? Factory or a repaint? Enamel or lacquer?

        Some base intel and a picture or two would be helpful.

        Bill

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        • #5
          Refer to the better model car clubs and forums for a wealth of information on this subject. That's not to say that us slotheads don't know a thing or two about the subject. But, you will find a great deal of information there in the static model car world. Remember to TEST before applying any chemicals to your actual project piece!
          Good luck, and... Enjoy! -- Ernie :>)

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          • #6
            I've read in a few places that soaking in a bowl of neat Dettol works so bought a bottle and used a resealable plastic box as it stinks. It takes a couple of days, is messy, smelly and I'll never use it again as it stinks the room out.

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            • #7
              An old and readily available favourite with the r/c car guys is either Dot3 or Dot4 brake fluid. Don't use Dot5 as that's silicone.

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              • #8
                If there is a product made just for stripping plastic models why not use that? Lots of things will remove paint but may damage the plastic as well.
                Last edited by RichD; 08-08-2020, 08:11 AM.

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                • #9
                  Tamiya and Revell sell paint remover.

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                  • #10
                    Tamiya
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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=Kevan;n1664427]An old and readily available favourite with the r/c car guys is either Dot3 or Dot4 brake fluid. Don't use Dot5 as that's silicone.[/QUO

                      Brake fluid is scary to use and can damage some plastics. Many years ago, I lost an original Aurora Thunderjet 500 '63 Fairlane body to that stuff. What made it worse was that it was molded in the very rare grey plastic, no less. That was enough of a loss for me, I stick to the more conventional solutions (like Purple Power) whenever I go to remove paint from vintage, or any, plastic parts.
                      Best of luck, and remember to TEST before using any product. -- Ernie :>)

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