Monday, 28 March 2016

Luke goes stripping!

Following on from a friends blog on stripping, I thought I'd offer my thoughts. To be clear, in this context stripping means removing paint from old models. It doesn't means removing clothes from young models. 

I decided to liquidate some old models that are just taking up space to fund other parts of my addiction the models in question were half painted or under coated black. I've actually unsuccessfully tried to sell these sister of battle before, but was unsuccessful. I thought I'd try stripping them down back to the metal before re-selling them. 

I'm using nail polish remover that does contain acetone, as I feel it gets a little more of the paint off. Following a tip from topher, I put them in a sealed jar and left them for about 2 weeks, giving the nail polish remover time to work its magic. 

My top tip would be to leave the jar full of liquid whilst you're cleaning down a model. Whilst holding a mode, take a toothbrush and dip it into the remaining fluid and then brush the paint off the model. Having a wet toothbrush dripping in nail polish remover is great for this sort of stripping. For some reason, it makes a massive difference and the paint comes off way eaiser!

These gals are all finished now, and will be sold in the near future. I think the hour that it's taken me to clean them up will drastically increase their value, they just look loads better. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. Not bad for only my third or fourth time stripping!


  1. pure acetone is great for stripping metal models. I use Biostrip for plastic ones. Sadly there isn't a good solution for resin models AFAIK.

  2. Biostrip? I'll look into it :) thanks man!

    1. Think I will too. I've been using Dettol. Works beautifully even on plastic and cheap as chips but stinks like hell until you paint them again.

    2. Yeah, the one drawback with nail polish remover is that it really smells! Enuff to make ure eyes water!

  3. I've just downloaded iStripper, so I can watch the best virtual strippers on my taskbar.