Oct 27

Removing Paint from Plastic Models

Mordheim Models,Painting
Author: Ashton Sanders

My brother and I got into Mordheim when it came out in 1999. As teenagers, we had very little affinity for a good paint job. We just wanted to get our minis on the table and kick the trash out of eachother. We had a blast, and Mordheim became a very fond memory for the both of us (and friends, too).

But because of how little we cared about our paint job, I know cringed whenever I look at the paint jobs on my old minis. Thanks to Tom, and other painting sources across the internet, I’ve slowly been learning how to paint well.

So now that I’m ready to paint some awesome Mordheim Miniatures, I have decided to remove the paint from a bunch of my plastic models and metal models. I have already tried Tom‘s Brake fluid, and it works fine except for how toxic it is.

I mentioned earlier how I found a great article on removing paint with simple green. So I grabbed a pile of my plastic and metal models with bad paint jobs, one bottle of Simple Green and 1 (clean) cottage cheese container.

Mordheim plastics before Stripping Paint

Mordheim Dissembled minis

Time to mix:

Plastics in SimpleGreen

Then I waited. I was only planning on waiting for a week or so, but it was over a month before I came back to it. Luckily there was no harm done by leaving my Mordheim Minis in the Green Sludge for a very long period of time.

I took out a couple of peices

After soaking in simplegreen for a month

And scrubbed them furiously with a spare toothbrush, until:

After scrubbing with a toothbrush

This actually took a fair bit of time. I would scrub furiously with the toothbrush, and then I’d use the tip of a razorblade to get the paint out of the crevices. In a week, I got the whole tub done:

Simple Green Cleans the filth of Teenage Mordheim

Mordheim bits

Yeay! Now I have no excuse to get back to painting!…
Ashton Sanders

Tags: bad paint jobs, bits, Mordheim, Painting, removing Paint, simplegreen,

4 Comments so far

  1. R.L.White December 12th, 2008 1:46 pm

    Dear Mr. Sanders,
    Thank you for the tip on using Simple Green to remove the paint from mini’s. In the past I had used hot ( not boiling but just enough to put my hand in the water)Antibacterial Dish Soap & a toothbrush. I have found it handy to keep toothpicks around as if your not carefull a exacto knife can destroy details & NEVER use a wire brush even on metal Mini’s ( I say these things so that readers don’t learn the hard way like I did & lose the fine details in their mini’s)

  2. Ashton Sanders December 12th, 2008 2:13 pm

    Hi Mr. White,

    Thanks for the very useful comment. Toothpicks are a great idea. I’ll keep that in mind next time.

    Does your hot soap water work well?

    Ashton Sanders

  3. Latchford January 6th, 2009 9:44 am

    hello Ashton Sanders

    I’ve a little tip for you on cleansing white-metal minis of paint.

    Nitro-Moors paint/varnish remover

    Firstly an extreme word of !WARNING!
    Nitro-Moors is Extremely corossive to all non-metals and as such would simply eradicate platic components all together.
    it can also cause slight chemical burns to anyone with very sensitive skin, but obviously rubber gloves are NOT an option!
    if in doubt feel free to seek further advise but i can honestly say its never done more than thoroughly clense my orkish builder’s hands!

    Now back to the intersting part:

    1) diss-assemble the mini (discarding any plastic bases to the bitz box)
    2) obtain the metal casing of a tea-light candle (be sure it is free of all wax)
    3) half-fill the tealight
    4) place components in
    5) fill further untill the mini’s are fully submerged
    6) wait 3/4 hours (boring i know!)

    3/4 hours later the model will look all bloaded and blistered, dont fret all is fine!

    at this stage take the “vat” to the sink and run the cold tap* and remove the mini from the sludge running it under the water whilst scrubbing with a toothbrush until clean.

    wash your vat and brush clean and then dry all in tissue paper.

    JOB DONE an in a fraction of the effort of other methods!

    *Never ever use hot water as this will simply create horric acrid steam from the nitro-moors that can be hazardous to your eyes and lungs!

    anyway i hope this is a help to you or any who may read…


  4. Ashton Sanders January 6th, 2009 12:14 pm

    Hi Latchford,

    Thanks for the detailed description. I appreciate the tip. Although I try to stay away from the extremely corrosive liquids, I hope your comment will help others.

    Thanks again,
    Ashton Sanders

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