Lacquer Thinner for Stripping Paint

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Should lacquer thinner be used to strip enamel off of plastic? Will it soften the plastic?

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Posted · Report post

No, It will soften the plastic.

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Posted · Report post

It will not only soften the plastic, but will melt it, use something like oven cleaner, or even dawn power spray, much safer, and won't damage the plastic

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Acetone...mixed with 20% water. Dirt cheap, super quick, and safe.

STOP......

I know what you are gonna say.....But don't say it...TRY IT!

Mix Acetone (I got mine at Ace) with 20% water....To TEST your kit, get a piece of sprue, and SOAK it in your mix.....If you are at 20/80 mix, enamel will fall off in 5 to 10 minutes I tested a resin cab with plastic hood and lower cab section....30 minutes, ALL PAINT and primer gone, ZERO etching...Gramps and Mikey taught me this, and no more Easy off or DOT 3 for me!

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Posted · Report post

what about stripping Zero paints and Tamiya paints. Will the 20% water/acetone work?

Lacquer thinner will literally melt the plastic.

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Yeah, I just completed a little test and softened up some sprue. Thanks for the responses.

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I've found Tamiyas' Lacquer Thinner #87077 to be excellent for removing paint without it damaging plastic. Due to the cost of it though i only use it on stubborn paints that cheaper alternatives wont budge.

http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/item.php?product-id=87077

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