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#37216
removing old paint from miniatures 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hi,

Sorry if this topic has already been discussed, but I was wondering if anyone could suggest the best way to strip old paint from miniatures.
I have some old Ral Partha minis from the late 70's early 80's (the old school lead kind) and they were painted way back when.
I want to repaint them but I'm having a tough time getting all the old paint off. I first tried "paint stripper" and it worked ok, then tried Acetone and it didn't do much more. There's still some paint in the creases and corners that don't seem to come off.

I thought one of these would take the paint clean off with no problem, but I don't want to spend a fortune at Home Depot on all these chemicals until I find the best one.

Can anyone suggest the best chemical and/or method for getting these old lead miniatures paint free? Turpentine? Mineral Spirits? Something else?

Thanks,

-Bob
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#37217
removing old paint from miniatures 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
I use the PVC Cleaner made by Mellerud which I can get in nearly every Home Depot here in Germany. I just drop the mini into the cleaner for about one hour then I take it out, hold it under running warm water and use a toothbrush to strip away the paint. Works well and fast for me.

Turpentine was to aggressive in my case.

Hope this helps.
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#37218
removing old paint from miniatures 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
I haven't tried this myself but I have read of people using Simple Green. I have some minis I would like to repaint myself so I might give it a try. You might have to let them soak a little while before trying to tke the paint off. Are you using like a toothbrush to scrape the paint off after they have soaked for awhile?

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#37219
removing old paint from miniatures 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Nail Polish remover used to work on some of the old paints.

If the old figures are done in enamels, you have a problem. Try the polish remover. Many old figures used to be painted in enamel and then sprayed matte.

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