stripping paint from resin?

I've seen threads here on stripping paint from plastic and diecast - what do people like to use for doing the same with resin models?

(or pointers to the archive are appreciated!)


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I've never stripped resin but if I had to I'd use whatever thinner is appropriate for the paint used and just wipe it off with a damp cloth.

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Al Superczynski

Same question runs on HHMB from time to time and answers go from 91% isopropol alchohol to PineSol. I have dunked my resin figures and detail sets in CSC (Castrol Super Clean) and Purple Power (similar to CSC) with no ill effects to the resin. I don't leave the items in the CSC, as I would a car body, I just get 'em wet and start scrubbing with a toothbrush.

-- Chuck Ryan Springfield OH>

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Chuck Ryan

I've used Lacquer thinner to remove acrylic paint from resin, but it was a flat surface (ship hull) and I rubbed it off without damage to the resin. I don't know what thinner to use for other paints, or how any thinner would work with intricate parts (i.e. spraying or soaking).

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hello there to strip paint off of resin and plastic use this called modelstrip works great just use safety and googles,gloves i used a old tooth brush here is the link hope you enjoy and what you are look for

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You can use the same stuff you'd use on a styrene kit, or something stronger like acetone or lacquer thinner. Resins tend to be impervious to most solvents.

I generally use oven cleaner for overall stripping, and lacquer thinner to clean up any stubborn patches.

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Wayne C. Morris

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! I'll file these away in my own archive in case I need them.

Turns out I freaked out a little ealy on this one. When I sprayed the paint on (spray can) it looked like crap and I immediately thought I was going to have to strip it and start over. After a little drying time the paint smoothed out and it looks like I can live with it as a base coat.

Thanks again!

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Be very careful using lacquer thinner as it can cause the resin to soften if you leave a part in a container of the stuff to soak for any period of time. And don't even try MEK, that'll break down the resin almost immediately.


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I think the problem here is that there are dozens of different resins being used by various manufacturers. And they all might have slightly different properties. So what works of one type of resin might totally melt different resin.

I have been using Alumilite resin and it seems to be resistant to things like Acetone. I haven't had the need to use MEK on it but I suspect that it would handle that well also.

But like I said - there are many resins. It is always a good idea to try some chemical to be used on a spare piece of the same resin.


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Peter W.

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