You may remember this picture I posted four weeks ago, a pic of the Steel Legion and Stormtrooper models soaking in Simple Green. At the time I was quite excited about progressing with the Heroes of Armageddon Charity Project.
Well, after two days of soaking in the tub, I pulled out some figures and started scrubbing with my trusty old toothbrush. Nothing. Not a scratch. The paint just wouldn't budge.
I consulted with a few friends and determined the next step was to try a bath in Mineral Spirits (aka Methylated Spirits). After a few days I tried again. Slight progress. I let them soak a bit longer. Slight progress again. In the end my friend, Brien Dulaney, offered to help with some of the scrubbing. I gladly accepted his offer and gave him half the figures.
Above you can see a shot of the success I had (or complete lack of success) after three weeks in the MS. I ended up putting it down to the strength of the ancient GW primer I used 11 years ago. I figured this was the best I'd get...
...until I picked up the other half of the figures from Brien this afternoon. My Stormtrooper sergeant is on the left, his Stormtrooper is on the right. I was astonished and thanked Brien for all the scrubbing he must have done. He reveled he'd actually got fed up with scrubbing the figs after the MS bath, so he'd dunked them all in an acetone (nail polish remover) bath and, after one night in the stuff, it had taken about 30 minutes to scrub all the paint off all 30 models.
My next stop after I left Brien's? The grocery store to buy a bottle of acetone.
My half of the models should be scrubbed tomorrow morning and on their way to the painters tomorrow afternoon, looking like they've never seen a spot of paint before!
Thanks Brien, and thank you acetone : )
NOTE: Acetone will eat plastic very quickly. If you're stripping paint from plastics, then Simple Green and patience are best.