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Title: Pine Sol
Post by: Paul M. on February 18, 2007, 10:14:30 PM
Will Pine Sol eat away at Plasticville models? I need to remove some paint and I've heard Pine-Sol usually works...  ???


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: Guilford Guy on February 20, 2007, 02:01:40 AM
soak it in alchohol for 30minues then use a toothbrush, pine sol will soften the plastic alchohol doesnt.


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: JM on February 20, 2007, 02:44:41 AM
Several times I've seen folks say that brake fluid works well to strip paint from rolling stock....I've never tried it so I can't say yes or no that it works.
   I've also been told that Castrol Super Clean works also, it's availible in the automotive section of WalMart or a auto parts store...again, I've never tried it so I can't say if it does, in fact, work.
  But, I do know this, NEVER use paint thinner\laquer thinner or any petroleum based products on plastic.


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: Guilford Guy on February 20, 2007, 03:56:15 PM
brake fluid has the same affects as pine sol, stick to regular 70% or 90% isopropyl Alcohol


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: traindude109 on February 20, 2007, 04:13:01 PM
Thats what I use also Alex. Works very well.


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: ole on February 20, 2007, 11:56:25 PM
I too use 90% isopropyl alcohol as a first step. If that doesn't work, then I will go to pine sol. There are also some commercially available paint removers. Polly S had one that worked very well for me but it was pricey and I haven't seen it for some time. If you do use pine sol, be very careful to clean the object well so that there isn't any smell left or your new paint job will be ruined (voice of experience).
90% isopropyl alcohol  works very quickly on all my recent Bachmann products. But it also destroyed a 1950's vintage AF tank car; now it is part of a wreck/junk yard. Don't use brake fluid as it can take out the component that holds the plastic together. All of a sudden, the plastic crumbles and disintegrates; I destroyed a number of N scale cars that way.
Lee


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: Bill Baker on February 21, 2007, 05:25:49 PM
I read on the old forum that some guy was pushing break fluid as a great styrene cleaner.  Later it was reported that this guy had a grudge against model builders and was merely trying to sabotage their models.  This not only included model railroad cars but model airplanes and model automobiles.


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: ben_not_benny on February 22, 2007, 12:03:27 AM
I read on the old forum that some guy was pushing break fluid as a great styrene cleaner.  Later it was reported that this guy had a grudge against model builders and was merely trying to sabotage their models.  This not only included model railroad cars but model airplanes and model automobiles.

Brake fluid destroys styrene, never use it.


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: Paul M. on February 22, 2007, 10:15:37 PM
Thanks, everybody. I'll use the alcohol. ;D


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: WoundedBear on March 29, 2007, 01:04:30 PM
Best thing I have ever used for paint stripper is good old fashioned Easy-Off brand oven cleaner. It has never eaten plastic or resin or metal on me......strips kit plating away in a heartbeat too (for you car guys).

I have left parts soak overnight to loosen stubborn laquers and still have never had it attack the plastic. Just make sure your work area is well ventilated....the fumes are nasty.

BTW....the "low-fume" version doesn't work half as well as the original formula.

Sid


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: sully14 on April 06, 2007, 03:40:16 PM
Hello all. New member to the forums here, and wanted to try to add to this discussion. I also build model cars and aircraft, and have stripped quite a bit of paint. Usually use 90% alcohol, or Super Clean. Have also used Easy Off. With the latter 2, be sure to wear gloves. The Super Clean will definitely dry out your hands. The Poly S product is called Easy Lift Off. Have never used it, but agree that it is pricey. Sully. And for what it is worth, Easy Off is NOT the same as BBQ grill cleaner. Had a GP40 shell melt down in my hands before I could get it cleaned off!


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: The Great Destroyer on April 18, 2007, 02:07:04 AM
Thanks for the heads up.I was going to use air brush thinner!


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: br549 on April 19, 2007, 10:01:28 AM
A product sold by Walther's called "Chameleon" comes in two different forms liquid and gel . The liquid is for the "modern" plastics  and the Gel is designed for the older styles of plastics such as pre-war Lionel. As it will not harm the softer plastics but remove paint. I swear by the products.
Sure some of the cleaners out like pine sol, Amway's heavy duty degreaser, and that purple power stuff works as for brake fluid too, But why take the chance to ruin a kit? That stuff may not melt the plastic but can "Etch" the surface to ruin it as well.  Just my thoughts from my own experience's. ;)


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: ole on May 18, 2007, 12:06:58 AM
My latest project involved a diecast metal 1/43 tanker that I needed to turn into a Texaco truck. Isopropyl alcohol took off the lettering from the body and cab with about a day of soaking; it was so particular that I was able to proceed to reletter the tank body without a repaint. But I had to strip the cab to bare metal to change colors; after soaking in pine sol for about 4 days, about half of the paint came off with heavy scrubbing. Finally, I gave up and used good old paint remover to get down to bare metal. Good thing this truck was metal.
Lee


Title: Re: Pine Sol
Post by: br549 on May 18, 2007, 05:16:56 PM
A product sold by Walther's called"Chameleon" comes in two different forms liquid and gel . The liquid is for the "modern" plastics  and the Gel is designed for the older styles of plastics such as pre-war Lionel. As it will not harm the softer plastics but remove paint. I swear by the products.
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