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Monday, October 29, 2012

Stripping Figures

Today we will be discussing the how to reliably strip the paint off your figures. We've all been there, you need to get that figure ready for a game and slap slap goes the paint, or, you bought that army off eBay/craigslist and it was painted with a house painting brush. Well worry no more here I am with the magic solution....

The Duke

I've used a product called The Duke to strip my figures and models safely for the last 10 years. Yes it works, but it does require some patience.

Things you will need: 
  • The Duke cleaner ( you can get this stuff at any Home Depot or go to thire site www.ducan.com
  • a sealed container 
  • old toothbrush 
  • Old paint brush with stiff bristles 
  • Rubber GLOVES!! (safety first)

Step 1 - Take the models you want to strip and place them in a sealable container then cover them with the duke(make sure they are completely covered any part sticking up will not have the paint removed...Derp). 

Step 2 - Leave for 1 week (or more if they had a Tamiya primer) stir occasionally to make sure the parts are staying covered.

Step 3 - Scrub figures or parts with an old tooth brush, I do this with rinse water close by. make sure you use gloves, this product is a corrosive and will make your hands all stingy or worse. You can use the paint brush to scrub the areas the tooth brush can't reach. 
Step 4 - Pour Duke back into its container you can re-use it again and again.

If your figures have paint that just wont come off just throw them back in the duke for another week. Eventually the solution will work, and dont worry its safe on plastic. The one thing I don't know is if its safe for finecast.
This is the result of a 1 week soaking

I hope this helps you out, if you have any questions or comment ill be glad to answer.

Have fun and see you soon in the 4x8 arena.

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