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#1 george 53

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:45 AM

The title says it all guys, I've left a 71 Challenger interior in Simple green, and the purple pond with no results and now it's soakin in 91% alcohol. If this doesn't work what will? I've found black paint, Gloss OR prime will not come off with the usual stuff(Easy off, PP,Simple Green) Whats in this stuff that makes it so hard to remove? I've got some "easy lift off" paint remover for model trains, so that's the next shot.Anyone gotta sure fire cure for removeing black paint????

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:04 AM

Hey George.... you might need to change your Purple Pond after time it seems to loose its strength and needs replaced. With fresh PP I have never had a problem stripping any paint. Brake fluid is the same way needs replaced at times. Hope it helps.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:22 AM

not ANY paint,Mark, BLACK paint. Did it work for you with BLACK paint? I've got 3 extra bottles of PP, the ORIGINAL stuff an it din't do jack!!!! It IS makein me a BIT crazier!!! :lol: :D :P ;)

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:24 AM

Sand down in five or six spots to the primer coat and let the lye attack the primer. After a few days the paint should slough off like a snake skin.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:42 AM

Thanks Rob. I was told Pine sol might work also, so, maybe I'll take your advice an sand it down and soak it in Pine Sol.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 05:50 AM

I recommend sanding it and putting it back in the purple pond. I gotta go with what I know will work. I've yet to meet a primer that stands up to the lye, it's just too porous.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:42 AM

Well actually this is painted in a gloss, but i've found that black prime is EXTREMELY resistant to ALOT of strippers, but i'mma gonna try the sanding trick an dunk it again! Thanks!

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

Don't use Pine Sol! It will soften the plastic in my experience.

What type of paint was used, George? Lacquer, enamel, brand?? I have noticed black paint, both enamel and lacquer, is always left in the nooks and crannies when other colors around or over it have been removed.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:22 PM

i just stripped some parts i painted with model master black, i used LA's totally awesome,, i let it sit for about 48 hours and it stripped it paint, primer and all.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:53 AM

Hey Guys, what is the "Purple Pond"..? I used Brake Fluid... it works well for me?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:04 AM

Tony it is Purple Power or Super Clean. Two lye based cleaning solutions available in the automotive sections of most superstores or any auto parts store.

Brake fluid is the old standby but many have changed because disposal isn't as much of an issue.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:06 AM

Hey Guys, what is the "Purple Pond"..? I used Brake Fluid... it works well for me?


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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:14 PM

I've always used brake fluid in my experence you can just look at the paint the wrong way when you have a bottle in your hand and the paint will just peel off

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:41 PM

WElp, I tried the ol Pine Sol trick an danged if it didn't work GREAT! I don't know if it makes a difference,Casey, but i used the new improved LEMON scented stuff. I gotta admit it sat in it for the last two days an it wrinkled up the paint and it just came rollin off! Hopefully, it din't seem to hurt the plastic or mess it up in any way. Now it's nice an clean!Maybe the newer plastic is a different "recipe" than the older MPC plastic, cause it seems ok. Thanks guys for ALL the help, and to Tulio for the Pine Sol tip!

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

Could be. I tried it seven years ago or so, let it soak overnight, and the next morning I found a semi-soft body in the container. :huh:

What type of black paint was used, George?

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:47 PM

Casey, was that a Revell part you stripped? I'm asking because they had that awful, soft, no-durability plastic about then.

AMT was also using some pretty crummy material, too.

The overseas production seems to prefer "non-spec" material that can lead to these problems.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:04 PM

I don't honestly know Casey. It was just painted gloss black and it LOOKED to be brushed on, or sprayed on AWFULLY THICK!

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:44 AM

Don't use Pine Sol! It will soften the plastic in my experience.

What type of paint was used, George? Lacquer, enamel, brand?? I have noticed black paint, both enamel and lacquer, is always left in the nooks and crannies when other colors around or over it have been removed.


I had the same experience with a Lindberg kit some years ago. People laugh at Testors paint for never drying, but try to get their flat black off of styrene once it does...

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:52 AM

I had the same experience with a Lindberg kit some years ago. People laugh at Testors paint for never drying, but try to get their flat black off of styrene once it does...


Yeah, i had a part with flat black on it for literally 2 days. It took two weeks plus to get that paint off, with soaking and scrubbing.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:37 PM

I had the same experience with a Lindberg kit some years ago. People laugh at Testors paint for never drying, but try to get their flat black off of styrene once it does...


There is definitely something different about Testors' Flat Black spray paint. I haven't used it in many years, but it always sprayed so well out of the can, far better than their color enamels in spray cans.