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Removing paint from clear plastic

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  • Member since
    March, 2015
Removing paint from clear plastic
Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, July 27, 2018 3:33 PM

I am working on a Monogram B-24J and made a mistake in painting two turrets.

I used Eduards precut masks, but I must have minunderstood the directions because I accidently painted the tops of the turrets. I used Tamyia rattle can lacqure paint. 




Whenever I made a mistake painting a model part in the past, I have always used Purple Power to remove paint. Just drop the part in a container of PP and in a couple of hours the paint just peels away.




I can't just drop the turrets into a container of PP because that would remove all of the paint and get into the inside of the turret. So I cut a paper towel into small strips and placed the paper on top of the paint that I wanted to remove. I soaked the paper in PP and waited a couple of hours. Every 15 minutes I put more PP onto the paper.




A tooth pick was trimmed into the shape of a chisel. After the paper was removed I scraped away the softened paint. 





Before and after shots. Problem solved. I am not sure that Purple Power would remove enamal and acrylic paints, but it does work on lacqure.



  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Friday, July 27, 2018 4:39 PM

Looks good, I am building the same model and using the Eduard masks. Which masks do not cover it? I would like to know so I do not make the same mistake.



  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Friday, July 27, 2018 8:10 PM

You sir , Are a Genius !!!

I never would have thought of  using a paper towel to "concentrate"  paint remover, ( or , in this case, Purple Power ) to a pin-point location on a part.

( I can "Guarantee" that I will use this trick .... repetedly !)

Thank you for Posting  this  !

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, July 28, 2018 6:40 AM

I also use Purple Power as a paint remover.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, July 28, 2018 11:01 AM

That was a very clever idea. Yes

I would have thought laquer based paint would have crazed the clear plastic. Also, though I have used purple products to strip acrylics, I didn't know they worked for oil based.

Thanks, interesting info.


  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, August 20, 2018 9:25 AM

The top of the front and rear turrets are the problems. Eduard recommends using a liquid mask on the tops of the turrets. Blue masking tape would work just as well.

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Monday, August 20, 2018 1:26 PM

I've done the same kind of pinpoint paint removal, on a 1/20 scale figure's face.  I messed up one eye:

but I didn't want to strip the whole piece and start over.  So I used a paintbrush and SuperClean (my paint remover of choice) to remove just the bad paint:

and then I could do her eyes over again (beg pardon for the poor lighting!):

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, August 20, 2018 4:53 PM

That's a good fix. Removing all of the paint just to repair the one eye would be a shame.


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