Model Painting

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Iorkca, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Iorkca

    Iorkca New Member

    I have a old tyco santa fe train and i want to strip the paint off of it. What kind off paint stripper can i use to remove the paint safely and is there any type of procedure on how to do this properly.
  2. Zman

    Zman Member

    You're much better off just painting over the engine. Stripping paint usually only works with brass models. Any stripper strong enough to remove the paint will likely dissolve the plastic as well.
  3. Iorkca

    Iorkca New Member

    thanks i will then sand a little over some rough spots and then prime and re-paint. I am looking at repainting with the blue yellow santafe theme , any idea where i could get the decals for this engine
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Soaking the shell in brake fluid will remove the paint.
    I soak the shells for about 6 hours then scrub them with a toothbrush then soak them longer if all the paint didn't come off.
    After you get all the paint off scrub the shell with warm water and dish washing soap.
  5. Iorkca

    Iorkca New Member

    and that doesn't hurt the plastic at all? That sounds interesting actually, i might have some brake fluid here.
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Ray's brake fluid idea works well with most plastics. AHM uses a plastic that crazes somewhat when dipped in brake fluid. I myself use Pine-Sol pine oil cleaner on my equipment, the commercial lines of strippers being too expensive for me. BTW, it works very well removing the finish on chrome plated plastic parts for painting as well.
  7. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Yep, Pine-Sol works great too. Just don't leave the shell soak over night.
    I stripped all the rivet detail off a Tyco shell that way.
  8. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Yes, you want to strip a Tyco, the paint is too thick on them and alot of detail is hidden. Use the brake fluid on them, that's what I did. I couldn't believe the detail that was under the paint!!
  9. Iorkca

    Iorkca New Member

    cool thanks guys, i will try that in the next fe days. Now about the decals anyone know where i can get some.
  10. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

  11. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    another vote for brake fluid just dont use the new DOT 5.
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The component in brake fluid that removes the paint is denatured alcohol. I like using Pine Sol myself, but if you want to use brake fluid, you are probably better off to go to Home Depot, Lowes, Orchard, etc. and buy a gallon of denatured alcohol. I use it to thin water based acrylic paints for air brushing as well.
  13. CN_Pete

    CN_Pete Member

    Ray suggested the best way of removing paint with brake fluid. Make sure you wash it throughly, to get it clean. I use a wooden toothpick to get those hard to reach places. The toothbrush usually removes most of the paint.

  14. Don

    Don New Member

    Try Castrol super clean. A gallon runs about $6 or less. I used all of the above methods to strip an Ath 38-2 shell. While most paint came off, there was enuf left to spoil a recoat. I mixed the Castol 50-50 w/water & let it soak for an hr. Remaining pt. softened up & brushed right off leaving a clean surface ready for primer. NO harm done to the shell.

  15. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I've used brake fluid on Tyco as well as Bachmann. The paint seems to be real thick from these guys.
    Now, with the thin coats used today, couple thin coats of primer does the trick.

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