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What is the best stuff to use for stripping paint off plastic models? To get it down to the bare plastic for a good custom paint job. Specifically a tyco century 430.

I also need to strip two other locos. I'm most likely getting a mini paint sprayer for xmas and I'm going to need to get ready! I'm stripping 3 locos that I brush painted which dont look that great to me anymore. Progress updates on all 3 will follow in 2020!

Thanks!

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DOT 3 brake fluid, seriously. Lot of paint strippers out there I am sure, but
at triple the price. A bottle of DOT 3 brake fluid will cost less than 5 bucks,
by comparison. But it HAS to be the DOT 3 on the label. Other brake fluid
is this environmentally friendly stuff, and will not remove anything.

DOT 3 will take off the paint effectively, while leaving the plastic alone.
An old tooth brush may be used to remove the paint that clings to the
details, like vents and grates. An overnight soaking will do the trick.
Cleans with tap water. One bottle is good for at least two total paint
strips.

Most likely many other ways, and some of the guys here go to great
lengths.
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DOT 3 brake fluid, seriously. Lot of paint strippers out there I am sure, but
at triple the price. A bottle of DOT 3 brake fluid will cost less than 5 bucks,
by comparison. But it HAS to be the DOT 3 on the label. Other brake fluid
is this environmentally friendly stuff, and will not remove anything.

DOT 3 will take off the paint effectively, while leaving the plastic alone.
An old tooth brush may be used to remove the paint that clings to the
details, like vents and grates. An overnight soaking will do the trick.
Cleans with tap water. One bottle is good for at least two total paint
strips.

Most likely many other ways, and some of the guys here go to great
lengths.

Originally posted by Chops124 - November 11 2019 :  01:14:05 AM



Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for. Is DOT 3 At Advance Auto? And can I re - use the stuff that I used on one loco for another?
Thanks!
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I've had a lot of good luck with Super Clean. It's an industrial strength de-greaser that runs about
$5-6 a gallon and will strip a bunch of models. When using it, do NOT use bare hands. It will take
all of the oil out of your skin very quickly. Use gloves. I leave it in the bath for about 2-3 hours
and then check it. Once it strips, you can rinse it in warm water (it won't hurt the environment)
and use a toothbrush for the fine detail. It also goes by Purple Power.
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I've had a lot of good luck with Super Clean. It's an industrial strength de-greaser that runs about
$5-6 a gallon and will strip a bunch of models. When using it, do NOT use bare hands. It will take
all of the oil out of your skin very quickly. Use gloves. I leave it in the bath for about 2-3 hours
and then check it. Once it strips, you can rinse it in warm water (it won't hurt the environment)
and use a toothbrush for the fine detail. It also goes by Purple Power.

Originally posted by oldtimer52 - November 11 2019 :  3:10:32 PM



I'll have to see about that as well! Thanks!
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Most auto shops carry it, but make certain DOT 3 is on the label.
Next time I go on a painting binge, I think I will try Old Timer's
method.
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I remember brake fluid when it would damage car paint if it made contact with it. Of course the new urethane clearcoats could care less about it...
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Super Clean and 91% alcohol are my go-to products for plastic. I have brake fluid on hand but hardly ever use it.

It depends on the piece you are stripping too. Some brands all it takes is a dip in alcohol and it washes away. Others the alcohol won't touch but the Super Clean will do, and vice versa. Sometimes a long soak in Super Clean followed by alcohol does the job.

Honestly, if those two won't do it, it's not worth any more trouble to me and I'll do it like the real railroads do - just paint over the old finish.
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One of them is specifically a Tyco 430, as stated. Has anybody ever tried stripping one of these?
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Be careful with brake fluid. It'll dissolve plastic!
" Heck with counting 'em rivets, TRAINS ARE FOR FUN! Not called the Mad Scientist for nothing either!"
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Be careful with brake fluid. It'll dissolve plastic!

Originally posted by Redneck Justin - November 17 2019 :  5:17:13 PM



Ah, good to know! So avoid brake fluid?

Theres so many different methods here!
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Scalecoat II "Wash Away" paint stripper is magic, the old Tyco paint will simply rinse off after being immersed in this fluid for about an hour.

Check out my thread on rebuilding Tyco pluggers here...

http://www.tycoforums.com/tyco/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16767&whichpage=1

to see how I stripped paint off my models.


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Scalecoat II "Wash Away" paint stripper is magic, the old Tyco paint will simply rinse off after being immersed in this fluid for about an hour.

Check out my thread on rebuilding Tyco pluggers here...

http://www.tycoforums.com/tyco/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16767&whichpage=1

to see how I stripped paint off my models.



Originally posted by Srenchin - November 20 2019 :  11:10:39 PM



Would I have to order this online? Or can I find this at a hobby shop?

Thanks!
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I bought some of the DOT 3 brake fluid at Walmart, and have been stripping the century 430 and booster.

It works!

It does take time, however. Over the past 3 days I have been at it. Hoping to finish today. I got an airbrush and compressor for xmas () and will hopefully be painting tommorow. I also got the model railroaded book on painting and weathering, so I'm all set to learn. I will be doing some mods to the 430. Stay tuned. The painting process will be posted here.
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I am looking forward to what you come up with. I find a
tooth brush helps a bit, usually 24 hours is enough to
rid most of the paint.
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Easy Off oven cleaner...

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I am looking forward to what you come up with. I find a
tooth brush helps a bit, usually 24 hours is enough to
rid most of the paint.

Originally posted by Chops124 - December 26 2019 :  6:09:30 PM



Yep, some of the oils tyco used are a bit stubborn, should be off by tonight.
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Easy Off oven cleaner...

Mike

Originally posted by Mike - December 26 2019 :  6:22:55 PM



How much for how many oz?
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Bringing this topic back because I got another question...

How do you remove the paint from the grills of a diesel? It's loose, but nothing I have is small enough to get it out. I know there has to be a method. I've tried blasting it with my hose and cutting down the bristles on a paintbrush - not so much luck.
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Bringing this topic back because I got another question...

How do you remove the paint from the grills of a diesel? It's loose, but nothing I have is small enough to get it out. I know there has to be a method. I've tried blasting it with my hose and cutting down the bristles on a paintbrush - not so much luck.

Originally posted by BlaxlandAlex3 - February 28 2020 :  07:06:05 AM



Toothbrush (old)…

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quote:
Bringing this topic back because I got another question...

How do you remove the paint from the grills of a diesel? It's loose, but nothing I have is small enough to get it out. I know there has to be a method. I've tried blasting it with my hose and cutting down the bristles on a paintbrush - not so much luck.

Originally posted by BlaxlandAlex3 - February 28 2020 :  07:06:05 AM



Toothbrush (old)…

Mike

Originally posted by Mike - February 28 2020 :  11:05:06 AM

tried it, not getting it out. That's what I use to brush off the paint anyway.
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