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nickmobile67
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posted 10-31-2003 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickmobile67   Click Here to Email nickmobile67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got an IMC Ford GT. It was barely started (not very well, I should add) but it is mostly complete. The few parts that were glued together I got apart without much trouble by soaking in hot water.

Anyway, the engine blocks, chassis, seats, and some other parts were poorly brush painted at some point. I'd like to remove this paint so I can start this car over from scratch. Is there anything I could use that won't hurt the plastic or new paint adhesion? I'll probably air brush it, at least the body, anyway.

And I'm not going to use glass bead like I did on the truck I just finished! (see my post 'what paint should I use?') BTW, I finished the truck in Testors gloss spray, I still should have airbrushed it, but it came out very well!

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bigblocked85
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posted 10-31-2003 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigblocked85   Click Here to Email bigblocked85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always used oven cleaner in a cutout milk jug. You have to keep it soaking for a couple/few hours but it will come off nicely. Say bye bye to all glued items. Even Super glue isn't super when soaked. I use acid brushes to cleanup and detail. A friend told me that he used Castrol Super clean and soaked it over night and it worked real well. Be careful of fumes and exposed skin.

Good luck, Gordon

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nickmobile67
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posted 11-01-2003 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickmobile67   Click Here to Email nickmobile67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not worried about glue, actually if it takes off glue even better! I don't think I have any oven cleaner, but I have a gallon of super clean! I'll try a small part tonight, if it works good I'll do it all tommorow. Thanks for the tip!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-01-2003 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
PineSol! It works on plastic car parts, anyway.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 11-01-2003 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've heard about Castrol, PineSol and brake fluid. Hobby shops that cater to model railroading carry Scalecoat paint remover. I have also used industrial floor wax stripper.

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nickmobile67
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posted 11-01-2003 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickmobile67   Click Here to Email nickmobile67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll have to try pinesol too. Would brake fluid eat the plastic? I tried the super clean tonight, it just may be the ticket. It took a little soaking and scrubbing with an old tooth brush, but it came off. Different colors were different to remove. The blue came right off soaking, but some yellow parts I still didn't get it all off. At least it isn't eating the plastic. I'll keep going with it tommorow. It is working!

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nickmobile67
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posted 11-02-2003 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickmobile67   Click Here to Email nickmobile67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The super clean seems to be working. I still need to get some paint off, but I got most off. Now I need to decide what color I'm going to paint this thing.

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MLariviere
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posted 11-02-2003 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a plastic tub with Pine-sol in it. It looks like I have a mini chassis dipping shop on the bench!

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bryant99
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posted 11-25-2003 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bryant99   Click Here to Email bryant99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use red devil lye and mix it with water and let it sit for several hours or up to 24 hours depending on how old the paint is.And then wash with soap and water and a tooth brush or something to get the paint to come off.I like the extra time on cleaning

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Fstln69
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posted 12-15-2003 04:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69   Click Here to Email Fstln69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have also used westly's bleach-wite,soaked parts in it and they come out paintless

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bibbs68
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posted 12-15-2003 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Be careful with the brake fluid. It will cause some plastics to become very brittle. It seems to happen with mostly blue plastic but I have had it happen to red and white as well. Just an FYI.

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