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i need to strip this back top a clean , bare , shell.



and after spending about 10 hours stripping a fully enamelled mk1 escort with cellulose thinners, a stanley blade and my heart in my mouth , i fancied doing this one the easy way! acetone free nail polish remover seems to keep coming up as the weapon of choice but after perusing ladies supplies in tescos whilst trying not to look like a 14 year old buying condoms for the first time , it seems to loosen the enamel ok but i was a little "miffed" to find that it seems to soften the plastic more than celly thinners did. any ideas or tips slotters?
 

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no ideas guys? i have just cleaned rattle can acrylic off a properly knackered scrap mini using aerosol brake cleaner. it didnt seem to affect the plastic too much but still not sure about putting it on this zed shell.
 

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Try methylated spirit.It's old fashioned but it works on tampo printing and some paints. That Datsun looks like it was painted with humbrol or airfix paint. Have you tried a thinner designed for those?
 

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Wraith (Colin) has done a lot of paint stripping ....... it might be worth dropping him a PM to ask how he would tackle it.
 

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I found this YouTube video some time ago when searching for a way to strip paint off an old Scalextric pit building.

It actually works, If you leave it steeped in this stuff for 24 hours and follow the video instructions the paint will come off.


ps: The pit building in question was glued together (rather messily) when I bought it on eBay, this stuff softened the glue as well, enabling me to strip it off and glue it back together perfectly.
 

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Here's proof 'DETTOL' can remove unwanted paint from your model racing cars without damaging the body.


I got this Scalextric Formula Junior in a 'job lot' from eBay....look at the sorry state of it...
....firstly I removed the windscreen as I'm not sure if the Dettol would melt it.




......here's another view - I removed the tattered roundells which left 'stubborn' glue stuck to the shell
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....all you have to do is drop it into an old jar with some 'DETTOL' in it.....



.....I had to tilt the jar in order to submerge it fully, because I'm running short of the stuff
.....btw, you can re-use it and re-use it...



....this is IMPORTANT: Leave it steeped for at least 24 hours, then when you take it out, you'll find most of the paint (and glue) will have come off and now looks like this......



....DON'T introduce water at this point - get an old toothbrush and scrub it until ALL the paint has been shifted,

ALWAYS wear a rubber glove when handling the car at this stage.....



......when you are satisfied all the paint has been removed you simply clean up with cold running water....



....after drying off, your model will look like this....
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....you'll notice the paint has also been removed from the drivers shirt AND face, and his helmet is back to it's original colour.
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....the underneath of the shell was filthy and 'oily' as you can well imagine....

....this is how it came up....



Like new.


Cheers,
Billy

PS: Dettol is used to rub into wounds and such to clean out germs.....NO WONDER IT NIPS?
 

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Amazing that looks great, nice tutorial as well.
Do you know if that works with getting tampos off also Slotcar ?
 

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QUOTE (DB5 @ 14 May 2012, 03:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Amazing that looks great, nice tutorial as well.
Do you know if that works with getting tampos off also Slotcar ?

...I very much doubt it would but you could always give it a go.

There are similar cheaper products of disinfectant out there - don't waste your money - it MUST be Dettol...
They have a few different products under the brand name now-a-days. You are looking for the BROWN COLOURED one that turns a milky colour when mixed with water. Look for original "Dettol Antiseptic" and not one of the new multipurpose cleaners that they do

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I've used Mr Muscle Oven cleaner very succesfully on lots of cars. It comes out of the can as a foam spray, I leave the body to soak in the foam for a hour or so and then do a similar process as detailed above in the excellent tutorial and then repeat if required. I used to use brake fluid but heard some horrible stories about it and then found out about Mr Muscle which I've never had any problems with. It seems to work best on cars that were handpainted with Humbrol enamels. One final thing, Mr Muscle will make you cough/choke if you don't wear a mask!

Thanks,

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Yes, keep the windows open! I use a thing called Décap Four (over cleaner) here in France, but you have to find the traditional version that still has caustic soda in it - the modern, ecological version will not work.

I also just confirmed that it does a great job on old butyrate vac-formed bodies without harming them at all.

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Dettol - if you go straight from dettol to water, the old paint forms a sticky stretchable gunk which is a bugger to shift (which is why Billy says don't do it) but you can immediately drop the piece straight into another jam jar full of diluted washing-up liquid water for 10 minutes after which it can be easily rinsed under the tap.

I've left hard plastic (i.e. injection moulded styrene) in Dettol for weeks at a time with no adverse effects.

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QUOTE (Coopdevil @ 14 May 2012, 16:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dettol - if you go straight from dettol to water, the old paint forms a sticky stretchable gunk which is a bugger to shift (which is why Billy says don't do it) but you can immediately drop the piece straight into another jam jar full of diluted washing-up liquid water for 10 minutes after which it can be easily rinsed under the tap.

Coop

...Thanks Coop, handy tip regarding the diluted washing-up liquid for those who do make the mistake of mixing water with the old paint.


Billy
 

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Wow Dettol !!!!

Who would have thought?

Top tip - I bought some today and will give it a go on the weekend.

It makes you wonder - how was that discovered? Did somebody retrieve a car from the loft covered in fungus or wrestle a much loved car from the jaws of a rabid Hyena?

Bet they were annoyed when they tried to disinfect the car and all the paint came off


Seriously - best tip I have come across in a while and definitely something to try on a couple of recent unsuccessful paint jobs


Now where are those rubber gloves......
 

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I use isoproplyn in a ultrasonic cleaner.

It stripped a scaley audi and carrera bmw in 45 minutes, with just a few minutes of using a tooth brush.

I have only come across 4 cars in over the past 4 years that this did not work on easilt, Ninco 1 Mustang (white), Ninco 1 Megane (white), Fly truck (white)

I resorted to sand blasting the mustang, I'm currently stripping the megane with a mix of the ultrasonic cleaner, electric tooth brush and bicarbonate of soda.

The truck was a total right off after trying to use hobby paint stripper, followed by brake fluid (ended up with a gooey mess)

If you want to ship me the car I'm happy to give it a go in my cleaner, the good ones are not cheap so its not a good investment unless your doing dozens of cars.

Any question please feel free to ask.

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Colin

p.s. it has also very successfully stripped car's I've painted and sealled back to bare plastic, just takes a little longer, 1 1/2 hours ish
 

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On the same theme but along a slight different direction.

Is it true that it is almost impossible to remove the tampo printing of Ninco cars?

What are the best relivering methods for Ninco cars?
 

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Its difficult to remove it from "Some" ninco cars, not all.

I stripped a lambo in 30 minutes, the magenae has taken a couple of hours.

The ones I have found difficult are the Ninco 1 cars that are primarily white, I don't know what they use but its a total B***h to remove.

My method for the last one (and most successful so far)

Leave to soak in warm (NOT hot) isoproplyn
Ultrasonic for about 15 minutes
Use electric toothbrush with a small amount of sodiumbarcarbonate
When the tampo has been removed with a finger nail peel the paint in a few places.
Leave in isopropolyn for about 2 days with occasional ultrasonic.

eventually the paint bubbles up and then its back to the electric toothbrush in a container of isoproply and slowly remove the paint.

Please note that you should do this in a well ventilated area with face and eye protection as this stuff is nasty if you get it in your eyes or breath in too much!!!!!!!

the other method is a small sand blaster but this is mess, not cheap and just no fun.
 

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Thanks! It looks like a daunting task. I was thinking of relivering one of their classic cars but now I need to reassess.
 
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