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MoroMorohace 5 años
I've got a quick question for other customizers out there.

I need to strip a large amount of paint from a PVC figure for a customization project, as priming over the existing paint and then adding the new paint on top of that would add unsightly thickness. I'll basically need to strip the paint off the entire figure.

Acetone has failed me in the past, as even scrubbing it in and soaking for hours produced only minimal fading. I want to try applying actual paint thinner but I'm not sure what brand or type to buy, and some kinds can be very expensive so I'm not keen to trial-and-error my way through it.

Additionally, I know some types of paint thinner can be caustic enough to actually melt the plastic so I don't want to do that accidentally either.

It's a SEGA prize figure, if that makes any difference.
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ComplexCRUSH ☩Knight's of the Blood☩
Morohace 5 años#2472988I've used it on PVC figures and on gunpla. Since gunpla are made pretty much entirely of ABS, I am 100% sure it's safe to use on it.Yay! Thanks so much moro!!
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ComplexCRUSHhace 5 años#2472847Oh yes very familiar with MSC I'm just worried that MSC might to something to the ABS what have you used it on if you don't mind me asking? o.O
I've used it on PVC figures and on gunpla. Since gunpla are made pretty much entirely of ABS, I am 100% sure it's safe to use on it.
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ComplexCRUSH ☩Knight's of the Blood☩
Morohace 5 años#2472810Thanks for your help everyone. Now I know what to do!
ComplexCRUSH, I use Mr. Super Clear Flat for sealing and it works pretty well. But others might have something better than I do.
Oh yes very familiar with MSC I'm just worried that MSC might to something to the ABS what have you used it on if you don't mind me asking? o.O
hace 5 años
Thanks for your help everyone. Now I know what to do!

ComplexCRUSH, I use Mr. Super Clear Flat for sealing and it works pretty well. But others might have something better than I do.
hace 5 años
ComplexCRUSH ☩Knight's of the Blood☩
I'm sorry I hope you don't mind me sort of highjacking your post since you've gotten good answers...but does anyone know of a good sealant to use on ABS?
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You've already gotten good suggestions about what to use, so I'm going to offer some advice about when you actually get to the stripping.

(Sorry in advance if you know all this)

If you're wiping the paint off, have lots of disposable cloths and make sure that you do not wipe the figure with part of the cloth you've already used. You can end up just making a thin smeary mess of the paint, and those smears are even tougher to get off. You'll want a non-fuzzy cloth too. No cotton balls, no fluffy flannels.

Best bet is to:
-apply thinner/acetone to cloth
-wipe an area firmly, in one movement in one direction
- fold cloth to fresh area OR use new cloth for next wipe

I used to do a LOT or repainting/sculpting on old kids toys like my little ponies, and barbies, so I haven't done huge amounts of paint stripping, but this is what I found worked best for what I did. I hope you'll post pictures when you're done : ) Good luck!
hace 5 años
I'm not sure how well it would work for solid layers of acrylic or on plastics, but I use Turpenoid Natural to clean my oil painting brushes and to strip oil paint. It's non-toxic and safe to use with even long exposure to skin. Smells like oranges, too.

It does get acrylic out of dried crusty paint brushes, so I don't see why it wouldn't work.
I use brushes with synthetic plastic bristles, and they have never warped or melted from soaking in it.
They sell cheap and tiny bottles of the stuff at hobby and craft stores.
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ponniehace 5 años#2472257Here they sell acetone at hardware stores.
Most likely you'll find a bottle there.
However, never soak figures in it. It'll melt the plastic. Use a piece of cloth or anything like that to remove the paint and wash the parts clean to stop the reaction.

Ok, will do. Thanks a lot for the help!
hace 5 años
ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
Morohace 5 años#2472246In that case, would I be able to get that at the hardware store or will I need to order it from somewhere?
Here they sell acetone at hardware stores.
Most likely you'll find a bottle there.

However, never soak figures in it. It'll melt the plastic. Use a piece of cloth or anything like that to remove the paint and wash the parts clean to stop the reaction.
hace 5 años
ponniehace 5 años#2472240As far as I know, pure acetone works miracles. It strips off everything.
In that case, would I be able to get that at the hardware store or will I need to order it from somewhere?
hace 5 años
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