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How do I remove paint on Hot Wheels and other 1:64 Scale Cars?

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  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Gilbert, Arizona
How do I remove paint on Hot Wheels and other 1:64 Scale Cars?
Posted by MetcalfScaleModels on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 11:22 AM

Hello.  I am an amateur model builder.  A while back I bought a Hot Wheels 1:64 Scale 1952 Chevrolet Ice Cream Truck and would like to paint it to look like a Period Correct (the 1950s) Good Humor Ice Cream truck.  But first I need to take the paint off.  I tried soaking it for 24 hrs. in Brake Fluid but that didn't seem to work.  Does anyone have any good advice on how to remove the paint?  Also, I would like to use fewer chemicals to remove the paint.

  • Member since
    October 2008
  • From: Fullerton, Calif.
Posted by Don Wheeler on Friday, December 30, 2022 3:33 PM

I see that no one answered your previous question, so I'll try to answer both. 

I don't know why you want to use nail polish on your model, but it is basically a lacquer and you might have to thin it with lacquer thinner.  A very soft flat brush should work.

How to remove the old paint depends on what sort of paint it is.  You will have to experiment.  I have used liquid Drano on plastic kits.  Obviously, gloves and eye protection are a good idea.

If you really care about a particular model, you may want to get one you don't care about to try things out on first.


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  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Gilbert, Arizona
Posted by MetcalfScaleModels on Saturday, December 31, 2022 3:45 PM

Okay, I'll try that.  Thank you!!

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, January 1, 2023 7:33 AM


       On the Hot Wheels line the paint is baked on. Now for that I have used pure commercial grade lacquer Thinner or Auto Paint remover, Sans Chemicals, Sanding is your only option!

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 1, 2023 8:00 AM

Maybe try some Acetone.  I have used that to remove silk-screened placards on 1:1 aircraft instrument panels when nothing else worked.  The only problem with doing that is that it started removing the factory-applied powder coat under the placard.  That "eats anything" quality may be ideal for what you're trying to accomplish though...just as long as you can disassemble the truck so you don't have any plastic pieces on it.  If you want to soak the part in Acetone, just make sure to do that in a glass jar that you can seal (getting a pickle relish jar is a good way to get a good, reasonably solvent-proof jar that you can seal).  Use latex gloves (not vinyl...vinyl will melt), and keep the jar closed.  Acetone is really smelly, and it evaporates really quickly.

Aside from that, if you can get access to one, a bead blaster would work really well also...again, without any plastic parts attached.  Cool

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