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JIM WORNER

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STRIPPER WANTED
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:57:27 AM »

Bet that caught your attention!
I am rebuilding a Lindberg, Chriscraft Constellation and need to remove layers of old paint.  Don't know what sort of paint has been used.
Can anyone offer advice of a stripper to use which will not attack the plastic. 
I remember years ago (in the last century) you could strip paint from Triang coaches using brake fluid, but what sort of fluid?
All suggestions welcome except for "Scrap it"; this is an exercise in nostalgia as I did the kit review for RC boat modeller in 1979!
Cheers
Jim {:-{


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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 12:04:12 PM »


Hi Jim
IT was brake fluid not standard hydraulic oil , I do not know if modern brake fluid would work .As you will be well aware testing is vital .
There was no paint round the brake cylinder reservoir  on the Mini .
David
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2017, 12:18:18 PM »

Fairy Power Spray is kind to old plastic :-))


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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2017, 12:33:04 PM »

I've used the water based paint strippers you get from diy stores. They are like a gel that you put on and leave. I've used a green kitchen scrubber to then get the paint off without damaging the hull and washed it clean with soapy water. They normally say on them whether they are plastic safe, but I would still test first.
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2017, 12:49:49 PM »

You could try Modelstrip. It is designed for removing paint from plastic models.
http://jperkins.com/modelstrip

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2017, 12:53:30 PM »

Hi Jim try expo tools used it a deans model no problems.

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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2017, 02:52:14 PM »

 I found a domestic paint stripper in my local B&M decorating aisle called "Bartex".  The label warnings were so few that you could consider using it instead of budget salad cream.  Surprisingly, it works very well on both old Humbrol enamel and some unwanted acrylic.  It also left the glued joints glued.  Usual caveat - try it somewhere inconspicuous first.
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 08:57:14 AM »

Thank you all for sugestions; off to B&M to grt some Bartex, I will report on the results.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2017, 10:14:12 AM »


 I found a domestic paint stripper in my local B&M decorating aisle called "Bartex".  The label warnings were so few that you could consider using it instead of budget salad cream.  Surprisingly, it works very well on both old Humbrol enamel and some unwanted acrylic.  It also left the glued joints glued.  Usual caveat - try it somewhere inconspicuous first.

     

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2017, 10:30:24 AM »


HI Jim
It was annoying me I could not remember the name of the brake fluid ,this old thing seems to be fairly common on here , however at 3-o-clock this morning when I could not sleep (another old thing) it came to me . It was Lockheed brake fluid .
It looks as if you are sorted
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2017, 10:46:26 AM »

BINGO; two heads indeed!
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Re: STRIPPER WANTED
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2017, 12:34:52 PM »

When using scouring pads you could try using the white ones, designed for cleaning bathtubs, as they should leave less scratching (if any) on the plastic surface.
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2017, 01:23:07 PM »

I've been using meths and steel wool for stripping the many layers of old paint off my Caldercraft puffer. Takes plenty of elbow grease but has certainly done the job without causing any damage to the plastic.
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2017, 04:54:59 PM »

Just had cause to want some more of the stuff I mentioned - B&M don't carry it any more.  Being unwilling to risk Nitromors (all they had) I took a trip to B&Q.  Their "own brand" called Diall for some reason seems to have the same ingredients.  Hopefully it will combine the same effectiveness and harmlessness to plastics, not destroying any detail or adding to it.
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2017, 09:24:38 PM »

HI Jim
It was annoying me I could not remember the name of the brake fluid ,this old thing seems to be fairly common on here , however at 3-o-clock this morning when I could not sleep (another old thing) it came to me . It was Lockheed brake fluid .
It looks as if you are sorted
David.


Them was the days.  :-))


we had a MK2 Escort Rally Car and the Engine bay was painted diamond white so you could see any oil leaks quickly. The air was blue if you accidentally spilt some on the inner guard as it lifted the paint really quick.


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