Monday, 21 November 2016

Stripping Model Horses... A Quick Guide

I used to hate, hate HATE stripping model horses of their paint. It used to be a common issue when I was starting out in the customising world, where if I went wrong and the paint grew thicker, I had to try and get it off. I tried everything, from nail varnish remover (NOT a good idea, it melts the models!) to even a paint stripper I bought from a local Homebase store, which although it worked, it still required a great deal of scrubbing and hard work.

Stripping is never fun, although with this new stuff I have tried, it seems much more simple. It is literally Cellulose Thinners. You can buy this in many places, in the UK it is available in Wilko, Halfords and even online.

Image taken off the internet!

I must warn you though, the stuff STINKS. Do NOT breathe it in, or you may not be able to breathe again (figuratively speaking, of course)!

It can be fairly pricey, but it works incredibly quickly and is effortless. The other day, a fellow hobbyist Holly came to mine and we had a bit of a model horse hobby day, where we tried prepping our Copperfox models. These models we purchased as 'blanks' where they were sprayed with a white paint all over them. Unfortunately this paint, although not applied thickly to the models at all, does not react well with the primer and the primer bubbles over the top of it, which means it needs to come off. Luckily, these Cellulose Thinners work a treat.

All we did was grab a bucket, the model in question and we poured the Thinners over the top and left it for all but a few seconds. The paint them seemed to just lift off effortlessly.

The paint has 'bubbled' or blistered off
 When it looks like this, the paint has lifted from the model plastic itself and then you can literally just wipe it away. I this instance, we used scouring pads and we also had warm soapy water on standby. It also seemed that dampening kitchen towel with the Thinners seemed to help get the difficult bits off, and even using something small like a toothbrush to help get in any nooks and crannies would be a good idea.

The paint literally wipes off!

This stuff also works fine on Breyer horses and others. This Welsh in the photos then turned into this flaxen chestnut commission that I was painting for someone.

Photo by owner.
 However, I am wondering if it works well on enamel paints... I have a Copperfox Welsh blank that is a 'Bertie' when you see underneath. Bertie is a Special Run CF model that seems to have risen white patches on him, and I am having great difficulty removing the raised areas. I am going to persevere and keep sanding and stripping and will see how I get on.

I will be sure to update you!

I hope you find this useful.


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