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Does anyone have a sneaky means of removing small amounts of tampo without destroying the paint? I've got a couple of cars that are almost spot-on bar a couple of decals that I can replace - but I would hate to have to start from scratch as they're elusive colours to say the least!

Thanks in advance...
 

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Cotton bud and methylated spirit.

BUT - use at your own risk!

Meths takes the tampo off a Scalextric crystal display case, a modern Scalextric car and Taurus NASCARs from the 90's in my experience. It takes quite a bit of gentle rubbing but it does come off after 3-4 minutes. It doesn't touch SCX cars at all - the clear coating seems to be resistant to meths.

I haven't tried it on any other makes.
 

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QUOTE (Mr Modifier @ 8 May 2012, 15:46) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Cotton bud and methylated spirit.

BUT - use at your own risk!

Meths takes the tampo off a Scalextric crystal display case, a modern Scalextric car and Taurus NASCARs from the 90's in my experience. It takes quite a bit of gentle rubbing but it does come off after 3-4 minutes. It doesn't touch SCX cars at all - the clear coating seems to be resistant to meths.

I haven't tried it on any other makes.

Thanks Mr. M - I'll give her a go. It's a Monogram and an Avant Slot due for the treatment, so we can at least try and start a database!

Reliverying SCX cars at the moment. It takes dynamite to break through the clear coat.
 

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Not tried on Avant Slot or Revell but on a modern Scalextric the tampo comes off with nothing more than a little scrape with a finger nail or a cocktail stick. May be worth a try before you break out the chemicals.
 

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Another vote for cotton bud/meths here. I got all the tampo off a Scalextric Impreza and left the paint intact.
 

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QUOTE (Mr Modifier @ 8 May 2012, 23:46) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Meths takes the tampo off a Scalextric .... It doesn't touch SCX cars at all - the clear coating seems to be resistant to meths.
My experience with SCX cars differs. I've removed selective Tampo from a windscreen with cotton bud, meths and patience. And tampo on SCX cars with cotton bud and meths as a test patch on the way to stripping a full car in meths. But, it must be noted that some colours seem to remove more easily than others. This might be due to the paint/ink rather than the clear coat. Orange and yellow seem to remove more easily than red or white. Black seems to be relatively easy to remove as well.

With the Scalex Boxsters that I gave a quick repaint for a school fete track, I again used meths and cotton bud method, and found that black and orange removed very easily but red and white would not budge. Eventually I gave up on the clean up and just gave a light sand and resprayed, as it was only intended to be 'quick and dirty.'

Patience is key. And lots and lots and lots of cotton buds.

Embs
 

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Brilliant solutions everyone, thank you - I'll start with the thumbnail, then the cotton bud and meths, then the eraser and alcohol.

If all else fails I'll have one hell of a cocktail recipe!


I did an SCX NASCAR for 25 minutes in acetone free nail polish yesterday. Tampo almost no effect whatsoever, whipped it out when flakes of plastic from the inside of the body were starting to come loose! I was probably a minute or two from disaster!
 
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