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Nail repair remover & Tamiya putty

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Nail repair remover & Tamiya putty
Posted by Dr. Coffee on Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:54 AM

Hi all.

I have seen a couple of suggestions in European modeling magazines on how to fill in seams, splits and cracks using putty or surface primer: Fill the crack with putty or primer, let dry and then use some solvent to wipe off excess putty/primer. That way the crack or seam remains filled, while the surrounding surface is cleaned up very nicely and easily.

This works very well with Tamiya (fine) surface primer and isopropanol alcohol. One has to work a bit to soften the dry primer at first, using alcohol on a cotton swab, but once the alcohole 'bites' it takes no time getting rid of the excess primer.

So I wanted to attempt the same thing with the putty. Once dry, the alcohol does not dissolve the putty (or it takes too long working it in), so I wanted to have a go with what the magazine said - nail polish remover. The local beauty store had a number of selections, so I asked for the strongest stuff available.

Which happened to be Nail Repair Remover, not Nail Polish Remover.

The stuff is just spooky! I have no idea what's in it (the bottle's only reference to ingredients is a statement that the solvent is 'acetone-free'), but a drop of the stuff on a cotton swab just takes three-day-old Tamiya white putty straight off the model in less than ten seconds. Somehow, I get the impression that this might be useful to work putty in finer details, e.g. easing sanding jobs etc.

Have anyone here tried to work putty with solvents? Any dos and don'ts one would want to be aware of? (In addition to the usual precautions wrt ventilation and respiration when working with solvents, that is.)

DoC 

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