Bad painting cleaning: I need your advice

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Art Gallery of Mayor Samwise Bad painting cleaning: I need your advice

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  • #475
    Milo
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    Hi everyone,

    I checked my miniatures to be painted and I found some terrible waste on a douzen of it.
    These are rare ones I bought on ebay which were daubed by its previous disrespectful owner.

    Does any of you know a good way to get rid of current painting without damaging miniature quality ? (apart from grey skin which would disappear I guess.)

    I know Acetone can do the job but I fear it would also remove every finer points.

    Thanks in advance.

    #9663
    Milo
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    Hi everyone,

    I checked my miniatures to be painted and I found some terrible waste on a douzen of it.
    These are rare ones I bought on ebay which were daubed by its previous disrespectful owner.

    Does any of you know a good way to get rid of current painting without damaging miniature quality ? (apart from grey skin which would disappear I guess.)

    I know Acetone can do the job but I fear it would also remove every finer points.

    Thanks in advance.

    #9664
    Gavin
    Participant

    Acetone works quite well – sometimes.

    What (weirdly) works quite well a lot – Cilit Bang (or Bam! as its called here).

    If you get get Simple Green, that works too. Finally get a stiff tooth brush. Patiently brush the paint off.

    However, all this assumes the painter used acrylic paints – which is a plastic compound, which the above mentioned solutions sort of melt off.

    Mithril, for its part recommends something called “brush protector” or something, which I’ve never seen. They used to sell it, but not any more.

    Gavin

    #9674
    hsf62
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    Milo, you can use a paint thinner aswell. You fill a jar with the thinner and submerge the minis in it for approx 24 hours. Any acrylic paint will start to come of in a few minutes. Oil based paint will start to curl during time and is easy to brush of with a stiff tooth brush. With some of the older Mithril you need to repeat the procedure to get all of the undercoat of. Then you can start again… undercoat… paint… finished!:cool:

    #9677
    Milo
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    I think I will try with paint thinner and use Cilit Bang if the result is not good enough.
    As soon as it is done, I give you some feedback.

    #9681
    Thingol
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    How interesting… For thinner I know method, but it is to expensive and I not often use thinner that supports my colors for such things as paint stripping. My wife buys this Cilit Bang detergent so I will in first occasion try to use it… this cilit bang seems to be a dangerous poison… 😆

    #9698
    Kenakko
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    Well I’ve heard about people using automotive break fluid, oven cleaners and a host of other expensive, explosive or otherwise toxic chemicals! For myself, I use a floor cleaner called ‘Pinesol’ here in Amerika. One could Google it and find a suitalbe European generic version of this stuff. It’s cheap and doesn’t catch fire! I just let those minis soak a few days and it seems to remove the worst paint jobs I’ve seem (so that I can substitute my own poor paint jobs:|). One still has to use a brush to remove paint from the crannies. I use a brass wire brush. PS if you go with a toxic substance please do so with ventilation! Our hobbies can be dangerous!!!

    #9705
    hsf62
    Participant

    Very dangerous!:o
    If you take the minis out of the jar, please don’t smoke! :P

    #10566
    Milo
    Participant

    I tried this week-end to get rid of terrible painting from ebay sellers.
    French Cilit-bang after getting soaked 48h did not work exept for 1 mini.
    Acetone+ toothbrush worked instantaneously on 23 minis. On half of it, I even kept the undercoat at 90%.
    What surprises me is that only 2 minis resisted with no paint gone: 2 old Prince August (not Mithril !:D). I am wondering what kind off paint is used.

    So thanks to all your advices, I will take pictures off the results once those are painted !

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