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Locomotive repainting

Postby Mulderspants » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:45 am

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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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:51 am

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.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:17 pm

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.
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Postby greengiant » Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:20 pm

I would be inclined to matt varnish it then weather to a lighter green.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:21 pm

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.
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Postby Mulderspants » Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:28 pm

Hi

Thank you all for the advice.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:08 pm

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.

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Postby Mulderspants » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:29 pm

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
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:50 pm

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.
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