So a few weeks ago I made a used purchase up at the shop. I ended up with quite a few Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard tanks and a bucket of weird looking guardsmen. It turns out the guy had started to strip them in simple green and gave up half way through. The paint was all puffy and soft on the models – I couldn’t do anything with them in this condition so I set them aside in a tub of simple green and decided to get back to them later.
Having stripped my fair share of models in the past I knew I was in for a LOT of work – there were probably around 60 models in the tub and I just really didn’t want to spend all the elbow grease it would take to get these guys scrubbed up right so I started looking for other options. I had recently bought a small ultrasonic cleaner to keep my airbrush working and thought this might be an avenue to peruse. The cleaner I bought was some crappy knock off that barely did antyhting so I decided to bite the bullet and get a big rig -
I picked this bad boy up off of eBay for $120. It is heated (up to 180F), has a big storage tank – you could fit a rhino or two in there easily, and is WAY more powerful than the little plastic model I had. Since there is very little info on the internet about using one of these to strip paint let me tell you what has so far been the best method -
- Soak the models in simple green for at least 24 hours
- Put a single layer of models in the basket – around 6 or 8 guardsmen
- Fill the tank with simple green (you can use the same batch for several runs)
- Set the temp up to 150
- Put the basket in the tank
- Put the lid on the tank (important for getting the temperature up)
- Set the timer for 30 minutes
- When the timer goes off pull the models out and scrub them with a nylon brush under running water
- The paint will just FALL off – even the paint in the cracks
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