nachoman wrote:Here in the USA there are different kinds of brake fluid. DOT-3 type seems to work on athearn shells. Be careful though - don't get it in your skin. It will SEVERELY dry your skin out. I haven't used brake fluid to strip paints in a long time because I have found a better alternative - 91% rubbing alcohol (make sure it is the 91% stuff) from the drugstore. Take the model and put it in a plastic zipper bag. Pour in about 150ml of alcohol and seal the bag, trying to get as much air out of the bag as possible. Then let it sit for a day or two. After a day or two, take it out of the bag and scrub with soapy water and an old toothbrush. Most of the paint will come off. If some remains, you can put back in the bag with alcohol and repeat.
RobertInOntario wrote:Well, I placed the loco's body into a plastic bag containing the 99% rubbing alcohol. Now, some 12 hours later, not much seems to be happening as the green paint is still intact.
I realize I'm supposed to allowtwo days but if I don't notice any improvement tomorrow, I think I should try the brake fluid?
Russ Bellinis wrote:I have found Pine Sol to soften plastic on Atlas bodies if left to soak too long. If 91% isopropel alcohol doesn't work, I would try denatured alcohol first rather than brake fluid. The denatured alcohol will only be alcohol, no oil or lubricant. My preference is to not introduce any oil to the model in the course of removing paint. If any oil is introduce to the model, it may not wash off completely before repainting.
Denatured alcohol from any good drugstore. Find out which one: you may have methyl hydrate, methylated spirits, or they may call it wood alcohol. Maybe it's called something else. "Denatured" is a term meaning "poisoned" so you can't drink it.
I've always treated alcohols interchangeably, except for the LCBO ones which have too many additives.
Russ Bellinis wrote:For anyone that is interested, I've never seen denatured alcohol in a drug store, but Lowes, Home Depot, Orchard, or Ace sell it in gallons as paint thinner. I also use it to thin acrylic craft paints when I want to shoot them through the air brush.
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