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« on: September 05, 2009, 12:37:01 AM »

I think this has been asked before, but how do you remove paint from a plastic body? I want to change the number on an engine I have, but I don't know how to remove the old number.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2009, 09:56:41 PM »

Sorry, I just saw your post.  I am in the middle of just such a project. There are probably better ways but here is what worked for me.  I dipped a toothpick in finger nail polish remover... not soaked, lightly dipped.  Then, I GENTLY rubbed the number I wished to remove.  It took about ten minutes of GENTLE rubbing to get the number off, but it worked, and did not remove the the body paint.

Here's a couple of pics:
Number on...

Number off...

The real trick is finding a dry transfer, wet decal or stencil to paint on the new number.  That's where I'm stuck right now.  Finding the right color font and size is a challenge.  But I'm a patient guy.

Hope this helps,


Sorry, had a senior moment.  It was finger nail polish remover, not paint thinner.  Although, paint thinner works well on another company's models.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2009, 09:19:41 PM »

Rubbing alcohol also works, and if you want to strip more paint than just a number, use a pencil's eraser dipped in the alcohol.

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