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removing paint on clear parts?

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removing paint on clear parts?
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 9:43 AM
What can I use to remove paint on the clear plastic parts? Something that won't cloud the plastic.
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    February 2003
  • From: Copley, Ohio
Posted by wayne baker on Thursday, April 24, 2003 9:55 AM
On occasion, I've used a pointed toothpick or piece of plexiglass rod that has been sharpened as a scraper. Don't bear down real hard.

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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  • From: Canada / Czech Republic
Posted by upnorth on Thursday, April 24, 2003 10:03 AM
You may want to soak the part overnight in a 50/50 mix of hot tap water and isopropyl alcohol before using the above method.

I'd also recomend using a cuticle stick (available in nail care sections of drug stores) as your scraping device.

I've never had a problem with the alcohol clouding clear plastic
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 10:37 AM
I don't know if it matters but I tried to use Future floor wax befor I painted it. The paint didn't stick to it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 10:47 AM
i hear mixed things about the future wax stuff....is it really as good as some say it is? whats the pros and cons of using that?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 11:33 AM
I assume you have built the model & gotten paint on the clear parts? if it's matt paint then the above trick with wooden sticks ( nice tip about the cuticle stick by the way) should work. It may help to soften the paint with a bit of white spirit applied by brush, if it's ordinary model paint. if it's gloss paint, then try masking off the area's you don't want stripping with tape and maybe even a smear of vaseline. Then very carefully, by brush, apply a little car brake fluid, only a bit, leave for a moment & try to wipe off the paint with a paper towel. The toothpick trick may work at this point too. I'm not sure if the fluid will affect the clear plastic, but if you're desperate, give it a try.
good luck!
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Posted by eaglecentral on Thursday, April 24, 2003 12:02 PM
I use solvent alcohol, the stuff you buy at the hardware store for thinning shellac.

Tom
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 12:24 PM
You can soak it in brake oil (from any auto shop) for several days. The paint will flake right off and the plastic will look good as new. Just be sure to cleanse it with detergent to get the oil off.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 24, 2003 6:52 PM
sharpen a piece of the clear spruce from THAT kit then scrape, then future.
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  • From: Belgium
Posted by Awood23 on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 8:58 PM
would you believe Ive had good luck using spit and an old rag? works really well on over spray, spit and rub, spit and rub.
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