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What is best way to clean off some paint safely without taking off lacquer clear coat underneath ?

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    June 2020
What is best way to clean off some paint safely without taking off lacquer clear coat underneath ?
Posted by JimLo on Sunday, June 14, 2020 11:41 PM

Some of the Vallejo Metal colors chrome paint I airbrushed on my car model got under the masking tape And onto the clear lacquer coat on The body. Is there an easy way to clean this paint off without taking off the clear ?


  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, June 15, 2020 9:56 AM

Windex should work.

Disclaimer: Windex is my go to for cleaning up Vallejo boo-boo's and stripping same. But this is always a risky operation since there is almost always some sort of base coat under Vallejo. You should be ok with the lacquer clear coat underneath, if you let it cure long enough, etc. But no guarantees, ok?


I've been thinking, and I've never used Windex over a layer of lacquer to strip Vallejo. Since Vallejo is water-soluble, I am wondering if it might be safer to try a bit of water first.

Sorry, I shouldn't be giving advice for something I don't have first hand experience with. And stipping Vallejo with Windex is not the same as stipping Vallejo with Windex over a coat of lacquer. I've done the former several times, never the latter.

Maybe somebody would know for absolute sure. I think whatever you do sooner is probably better than later, the longer any Acrylic cures, the tougher it gets.


  • Member since
    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, June 15, 2020 11:17 AM

Windex shouldn't harm lacquer, especially if it's diluted a little with some plain water.


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