Wargaming Miniatures Paint Removal with Simple Green

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Wargaming Miniatures Paint Removal with Simple Green

Postby Whiterook » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:05 pm

The household product, Simple Green is an amazing paint stripper! Often times, we may want to repaint miniatures...whether their old and need an update; your skills are now better and you want to revisit some pieces; or maybe you found some at a garage sale or swap meet.

The beauty with Simple Green, which can be bought at stores like Walmart, is that it is non-toxic. A much safer alternative to chemical strippers, brake fluid, oven cleaners, and other nasty methods that can literally burn your face off!

The method is fairly simple:

Find a container that will allow you to submerge the miniatures completely, and let them sit in the fluid for at least 24 hours; the longer the better. It will generally take more time to loosen paint on plastic miniatures, as the porous nature is less forgiving to paint removal.

After a good soak, the paint can be removed with a good scrubbing. Good tools include: A tooth brush; tooth pics; pipe cleaners; and steel wool.

A good practice is to only work on a model at a time, while the others stay in the fluid. Keep paper towels handy and work on newspapers. When completed to your satisfaction, rinse under the tap (you may want to clean them with some dishwater detergent) and let dry.


Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner has been classified as a whole for a toxicity rating in accordance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This is because Simple Green is used in the commercial workplace as well as in the consumer household.

In reality, toxicity is relative. Everything is toxic in large enough quantities. A person could consume enough milk, chocolate or even water to cause death.
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Re: Wargaming Miniatures Paint Removal with Simple Green

Postby Frizzenspark » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:58 pm

Yup.... it works pretty good.... I have a couple Infinity miniatures that did not turn out to my satisfaction... :(
They'll be up for the dip...... :)
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