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Friday, April 15, 2011

Protip: Don't use Paint Thinner to strip paint

Unfortunately, Luke tried to use paint thinner to strip some models... the result wasn't pretty.

28 comments:

Johnnyutah said...

Ouch that looks pretty bad.....what all was lost?

Duncan said...

What type of paint thinner was it?

catscan said...

Simplegreen works like a charm!

indierockclimber said...

I'm not sure what all was lost- but a ton of US stuff.

Yeah, Brian and I *tried* to tell him to just use Simple Green and wait a while, but Luke is impatient :) I don't want to bring up bad emotions with the poor guy, but since he's gonna talk about this horrendous event on the next podcast, I figured it'd be best to just show the result rather than talk about it.

jmezz382 said...

:( ... that is all I can type ...

JMHahn said...

Doesn't look like it was all of those Shermans either.

Kage said...

LMFAO, WOW!

Simple Green...Simple Green

I swear by that stuff. how hard is it to wait over night?

Its not like we all don't have mountains lead to paint.

;]

Think I'll do a simple green result on my next blog article. I have some marder III's I want to repaint.

Beccas said...

I use Dettol anticeptic for paint stripper. It is 1000x better than Simple Green. Dettol's normal use is medical for dabbing on cuts and abrassions. But it kills paint as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dettol

Beccas said...

I just read my wiki link above. Dettol also kills frogs instantly. Great stuff.

WEBGriffin said...

Luke -

Try using them as objective markers!!

-Trying to keep a positive spin on your experiences.

Plus, you now get to enjoy painting new minis! Wait... oh, right you hate painting. Heard that on the podcast. Sorry.

Anatoli said...

Holy shit!

I'm probably just as impatiant as Luke when it comes to waiting over night (why I hate to use greenstuff among other things). But damn, I usually try new stuff on a single model - if this happened to me I would probably get a brain hemorrhage....

Erschwald Undercroft said...

I use Dawn Power Dissolver. It doesn't melt regular plastic models, but I'm not sure about the resin stuff.

jmilesr said...

Wow - how unfortunate. I think we all have some type of hobby mishap - mine involved trying the break the fall of an X-Acto knife with my foot (but I was wearing Sandals!)

On the plus side, the tanks look like ones for a 1950's sci-fi that have just been laser blasted, might be good if you get into so Weird WWII or sci-fi - just trying to make lemonade.

Pete said...

OOoof. That sucks. Sorry to hear about your loss, Luke!

I'm pretty much the definition of hobby impatience, but even I've learned (yes, yes, I can learn from my mistakes!) to not rush paint stripping.

I usually just drop some stuff into some Simple Green and start up on the next project. In a few days (because I forget) I take em out of out the Green and brush em down.

Resin is super duper picky about stripping. I lost more than a few models before I learned how to properly work with and care for resin.

Neal Smith said...

It almost looks like one of those piles of coins they dig up from the Spanish treasure fleet ships... :)

Sorry man! Objectives would be great.

Joyous_Oblivion said...

If Simple Green is too slow, Castrol Super Clean, aka Superclean, aka Purple Power (I think) is just as safe as simple green, but much more effective in my humble opinion.

Shame about the US models though...leave them somewhere you paint/play so you always remember to take your time!

Uriah said...

I want to cry just looking at that stuff.

Simple Green or Purple Power. That's how it works, anything else, and you risk this happening. Purple Power would tend to be the better choice for Luke if he's impatient.

Taran said...

A good idea previously stated - make official wwpd "remember the paint thinner objectives", limited number large bases, signed by the offender, paint them nice like the bunker pics posted recently and sell them in the store. Make lemonade from the lemons.

jmezz382 said...

Taran I like your idea .... Steve, I volunteer to help make it happen .... nice idea for podcast contest prizes ...

Luke said...

Yeah, that picture was taken from the trash can.

As I told Steve and Jon: Yes it sucks and I love my FOW figs, but they are just FOW figs. It is not like a family member was hurt or in the Hospital.

I really only did this to make sure everyone had a clear example of what not to do. That's me, taking another one for the team.

Here is the official casualty list:
15 Shermans
1 76mm Sherman
5 Stuarts
4 M8 Scotts
2 M-8 Vehicle
2 Halftracks
2 Mortar Halftracks

AKCraig said...

I use crud cutter that works well. why do they look like they are forming a new Reef at the local Sushi Restaurant's live fish tank?

Neal Smith said...

$387.50 retail... :(

Unless some of those are two to a pack...

Andy said...

Can't imagine it hurting the lead...did it eat the resin?

Luke said...

Actually the tutorial I saw the guy was cleaning metal airplanes. The metal was clean as a whistle. Any metal was cleaner that it normally is when you get it out of the package. All the plastic parts were destroyed and the resin was eaten.

Dark said...

Commiserations Luke. You stomach must have dropped when you pulled them out of the paint stripper. I have nothing that comes close to that but I can imagine that your wallet audibly groaned. I'm sorry mate.

Dark said...

Perhaps incorporate them into terrain. Here are some ideas:
A tank graveyard/scrapyard
A former battleground littered with dead american tanks; half buried tanks; exploded wrecks
A tank marshaling ground that has been hit hard with German artillery; massive crater damage.
A tank repair yard
A supply base that had to be demo'ed due to advancing Germans in the battle of the bulge.
Modeling hell's pass (I think that's the battlefield nickname) in the battles of casserine pass in north Africa.

I have been seriously long winded I apologize but I am hoping you can rescue something out of this situation. :(

The Kiwi said...

DANG!
A gaming set back but oh well...thanks for the example of what not to do.
cheers

DanJr said...

Dude, that sucks.

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