Monday, April 27, 2015


Get you mind out of the gutter we're not talking about shaking our asses for dollars oh no, no, no. This is much simpler article about getting paint off your mini's
No Stripper poles here (or in Iceland apparently)

Anyways moving on, you've probably got a pile of minis that maybe you painted ages ago and are just not happy with your skill at the time or maybe you scored a bargain on those monstrously painted space marines from Ebay. 

What ever it is that you've got you want it back to bare metal/resin and of course undamaged. So you're going to need some easy to acquire tools....

1: Simple Green Concentrate: It's the big Green bottle sometimes it comes attached with a smaller spray bottle (Keep that under the sink for cleaning purposes) it looks like this....
This stuff is great it's non-toxic (they had a little disclaimer on their website that said *This formula is orally non-toxic per The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and readily biodegradable per OECD 301D. ) don't drink it though. Never dilute this and never throw it away.

2: Brass wire brush: Similar too a tooth brush but with metal bristles I've used this on both metal and resin mini's it strips paint just fine and does no damage.

3: A suitable equivalent of a Simple Green Rancor pit preferably one with a sealed lit you don't need that pine fresh smell all the time save that assault on the senses until cleaning day.

4: A bucket, some hot water mixed with detergent/dish soap: This is where we are going to clean the abominable paintjobs away. Pro-tip - now you might also want to wear those yellow gloves people use when doing the dishes because that brush pierces skin so easily and that Simple Green stings like a mother f*cker.

WARNING: Next part involves manual labour/going outdoors

Leave your mini's in the Simple Green Concentrate for about a week, although my Flames of War stuff only took 15 mins before the paint was slewing off, pile your stuff in as much as possible and let the goo work it's magic.

The final step use your wire brush to whisk away those bad paintjobs take back your wishes, shine on you crazy diamond.......ahem while you're doing this be sure to dunk your mini's in the hot water/soap mix constantly brushing until there's no paint. I some places you'll need a scalpel blade to remove paint in the those hard to reach gun barrels. Once you're satisfied put your mini's aside to dry.

Now I can airbrush these Grants and give them the attention to detail they deserve and remember what Bob Ross said we don't make mistakes we have happy little accidents fortunately this is 2015 and we have Simple Green :P

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nodnols said...

Sonova country music star.
First comment didnt post.
SG seems to etch away at metal in the long term. Give them a good wash afterwards and I recommend coating them sooner rather than later.

nodnols said...

Thats better. Next:
Moana is a hard mistress- etch some points in the coat for it to penetrate. It will come off easier. I also use toofpicks to get the hard to reach places