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Stripping paint

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Q: In a past issue of Scale Auto, I read about stripping paint from plastic models by using Castrol Super Clean degreaser. Unfortunately, I can't purchase that product, because is has to be disposed of commercially, and paint shops and auto stores in my area won't sell it to anyone outside the industry.

Is there another product I can use that can be bought over the counter?

- Tony Jaruszewski
Williamstown, New York

Ken: There are several options, Tony. The first one that comes to mind is Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.
Put the body (or whichever parts you need to strip) into a deep plastic container, and cover the parts with a good dose of Easy-Off spray. Leave it in the "soup" until the paint begins to lift, then remove the parts - wear rubber gloves and safety glasses during this procedure - and loosen the rest of the paint with an old toothbrush.

If there's still paint on the body, repeat the process until it's all gone.

Other products that will remove paint are brake fluid, 91-percent isopropyl alcohol, and a product at the hobby store called Polly-S "Easy Lift-off." Each has its own characteristics, strong points, and limitations, so experiment on a small area before covering the whole body with your remover of choice.



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