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Locomotive repainting

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:45 am
by Mulderspants
Hi

I am considering repainting my Bramble line diesel locomotive, because the finish is to glossy and I would like a different shade of green.
Is there a good way of stripping enamel paint from a resin kit without damaging the detail.

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Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:51 am
by Gerry Bullock
Hi David,
Answers have been given to this problem in relation to plastic models here.
I must admit I thought the Oracle had dealt with it in relation to his Resin Kits BUT I can't find the thread.
I'll speak to Steve sometime on Monday when either he'll answer or if the Export Market is still boyant :wink: I'll post the reply.

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:17 pm
by Willow Creek Traction
Daft Vader wrote:Hi David,
Answers have been given to this problem in relation to plastic models


Hey there;
Scalecoat, Floquil, and one other outfit make plastic model safe paint removers sold here in US.

Tried on resin once.
ONCE.
The resin vanished.

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:20 pm
by greengiant
I would be inclined to matt varnish it then weather to a lighter green.

Martin

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:21 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Steve's suggestion is to use brake fluid BUT there are two provisos.
Current fluids with the Silicon formula don't strip paint!
Some resins might be dissolved.
Your only option would seem to be to remove the roof and try brake fluid on that part. If the resin is damaged a piece of Venetian Blind will provide a suitable replacement.
Steve made a second suggestion which, I must admit, I don't think will work with what looks Enamel Paint (Humbrol?). Dunk the resin body into thinners.

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:28 pm
by Mulderspants
Hi

Thank you all for the advice.

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:08 pm
by Steve Bennett
DON'T USE CELLULOSE THINNERS

Thought I had better get that in first, as it will dissolve the resin :(
As it happens, I have a Bramble Line loco which is almost identical sat on the shelf. Not mine, but like yours, is awaiting a repaint after it was hand painted with Humbrol enamels. Thought I would do a test after Gerry spoke to me yesterday.

I put the roof in some Acetone for a couple of hours and this was enough to soften the paint to the point where it could be rubbed off with a tissue. For removing from all the nooks and crannies, an old toothbrush will probably do the job. There is a drawback though, if the kit was assembled with Superglue, the acetone will also attack this and you could end up with the kit in it's original pieces.

Hope this helps.

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:29 pm
by Mulderspants
Hi Steve

Thanks for the response, "the kit of parts" is not an issue, its not as though the kit is made of many parts :D

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:50 pm
by Steve Bennett
Mulderspants wrote:Thanks for the response, "the kit of parts" is not an issue, its not as though the kit is made of many parts :D


:lol: Thats true, it might even be easier to strip if it does fall apart :) .
The Acetone doesn't dissolve the paint, it just softens it really. It does make it easy to rub off though while it is still soft. If the paint starts to harden again, just put it back in the acetone for a while and have another go.

Also works with acrylics and shouldn't effect the resin, not so safe with styrene.