How to strip paint from an Athearn wide vision caboose?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mikebalcos, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    I'd like to know how you would strip the paint of an Athearn wide vision caboose. Model paint stripper can be bought from static model shops here in the Philippines, and it appears to be my only choice. How could I effectively use this?
  2. curmudgeon

    curmudgeon Member

    Soaking in automotive brake fluid will strip many paints.
    May take more than one bath.
    A soft-bristled toothbrush lets you gently scrub with little liklihood of damage.

    Good luck.

  3. iis612

    iis612 Member

    Full strength Pine-Sol cleaner and a toothbrush will work too. Just be careful, if it soaks too long it will damage the plastic.
  4. tomustang

    tomustang Has Entered.

    Nail Polish Remover,

    Rub lightly, since any paint remover is harmful to plastics
  5. curmudgeon

    curmudgeon Member

    BTW -

    re: Pine-Sol/plastic damage

    Overnight is TOO long! wall1 :oops: :curse:
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Denatured alcohol is the chemical agent in automotive brake fluid that works as paint stripper. I don't know what is available in the Philippines, but Home Depot and Lowes here in the U.S. carry denatured alcohol in 1 gallon containers in the paint thinner area of the paint dept.
  7. diburning

    diburning Member

    If you can find it, Chameleon is a very good hobby paint stripper. However, the company that make Chameleon is out of buisness so good luck finding it.

    My LHS has 3 bottles left and they're $20 each. Not the best deal in my opinion.
  8. CN_Fan

    CN_Fan New Member

    Oven cleaner, any brand, spray, seal in a bag and wait a few hours. Scrub under running water with a toothbrush then dry. Repaint to personal tastes.
  9. Ronson2k3

    Ronson2k3 Member

    All seem like good suggestions. I would add maybe washing it with soap and water afterward so that there isn't any chemical left that would interfere with painting (bother your hands and the like)...
  10. MidnightRR

    MidnightRR Member

    Safest product is 91% isopropyl alochol.

    It isn't caustic, doesn't have much in the way of fumes, and I have soaked cars in it for literally weeks (when I forgot them) with no ill effects.

    Paint generally comes off in sheets with a toothbrush after an hour or so soaking.

    Very cheap, in plastic bottles at Wal-mart or drugstores here.
  11. IandOFan71

    IandOFan71 Member

    What I use and swear by is called Castrol Super Clean. You can find it any place that sells automobile parts. It comes in a big purple container. It works better than anything else I've tried and is safer than most. It has a nice pleasant smell but most importantly it takes any paint off in no time without damaging or even softening the plastic. The only drawback is that you MUST wear gloves because this stuff will quickly remove a layer of skin. Other than that it's great.
  12. MidnightRR

    MidnightRR Member

    Yes--CSC is my second choice if, by some chance, the alcohol doesn't do the job. I highly recommend it as well.
  13. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    Thanks for all the replies. :) I liked the isopropyl alcohol approach most. In fact, I thought of this:

    Tamiya acrylic thinner + 70% isopropyl alcohol

    Acrylic paint/thinner is water based, thus I think the 70% isopropyl alcohol will mix well. I tried to look for 90% isopropyl alcohol here in the Philippines, but I had no success in the drug stores. I might, however, find it in scientific laboratory supply stores.
  14. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

    I've not found any 90% isopropyl alcohol here in Metro Manila. But I've successfully found denatured alcohol at hardware shops. Will denatured alcohol do as well as 90% isopropyl alcohol?
  15. diburning

    diburning Member

    look at the ingredients. If it's denatured Ethanol (best to use a concentration of at least 80%) then it should be ok.

    Labs will have 95-99% pure denatured ethanol.

    Try the 70% isopropyl alcohol first. It will probably work just as well

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