QUESTION Removal of paint off weapons ?

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Hey fellas.
I got a package with various weapons that have a variety of paint on them. Old model paint I think.
Some silver some black little bit of red.
From guns to snakes , it's right in there šŸ„“

Can I use metho or Turps ?
Or another alternative?

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Ultrasonic cleaner would be my go to. They usually sell them for cleaning jewellery but my experience with them is for cleaning technical and calligraphy pens. A pen with 20 year old ink will come clean as good as new with one of those cleaners.

Be wary of chemical cleaners as they could cause damage to the plastic.
 
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Ultrasonic cleaner would be my go to. They usually sell them for cleaning jewellery but my experience with them is for cleaning technical and calligraphy pens. A pen with 20 year old ink will come clean as good as new with one of those cleaners.

Be wary of chemical cleaners as they could cause damage to the plastic.
Okay. Interesting. I think for now I might soak them in hot water. Some it just scratches off , some not so much.
The issue is the small lines in blasters and the texture in the snakes.
Ill report back šŸ§
 
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I used warm water with white vinegar. Ratio about 50/50
soaked for an hour. Seemed to have helped. Got most of it off. I did some spot cleaning with methylated spirits. Not advised I know but is useful in small amounts.
the silver however won't budge.
 
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Oven cleaner, (like Easy-Off, etc.) can remove the paint and won't eat into the plastic like turp or methanol. Just put the parts in a jar and spray the oven cleaner in, cap, and let soak for about 20 mins. Remove and wash with clean water and rub off the paint.

Used this method to strip the chrome off my beater C-3PO and the plastic is still perfect. He still had some spots or chrome that I had to clear off with a toothpick in this pic, but he's all cleaned up now. Works great.

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Oven cleaner, (like Easy-Off, etc.) can remove the paint and won't eat into the plastic like turp or methanol. Just put the parts in a jar and spray the oven cleaner in, cap, and let soak for about 20 mins. Remove and wash with clean water and rub off the paint.

Used this method to strip the chrome off my beater C-3PO and the plastic is still perfect. He still had some spots or chrome that I had to clear off with a toothpick in this pic, but he's all cleaned up now. Works great.

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Wow.. That's almost worth doing just to have a figure like this.. pretty cool.

Not to change topic, however ,wasn't there another method to make 3po silver??
 
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Dunno about making him silver, but there was a large range of tones on him... I'm sure someone along the way probably figured out how to silverize him through reverse alchemy. For the 3PO's I own, I think my earlier ESB version I have is more silverish and golden-rod. My POTF carded 3PO looks like a fake Rolex (super gold tone).

Not my pic, but you get the idea:
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And about the cool looking "naked-3PO's": You'll most likely run into the vanilla plastic way more than the colorful versions. I was lucky that my beater one was already showing colors through the rubbed off chrome before he became a stripper:

Before oven-cleaner death:
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Typical French Vanilla plastic under most of the chromed 3PO's & DSD's:
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Bottom line, only oven-cleaner kill beaters that can't be saved and that have chrome rubbed off enough to see what's under there.
 
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Years ago I got a Tie Pilot pistol that was painted black. I can't remember what I used to strip the paint, but it came off by scrubbing it with a toothbrush.

Short term, especially where a lot of the paint looks like it's already coming off, you could try some brake fluid. I used some to de-chrome a couple of droids with no damage to the plastic. The best one I came across color-wise was this one.
 

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Years ago I got a Tie Pilot pistol that was painted black. I can't remember what I used to strip the paint, but it came off by scrubbing it with a toothbrush.

Short term, especially where a lot of the paint looks like it's already coming off, you could try some brake fluid. I used some to de-chrome a couple of droids with no damage to the plastic. The best one I came across color-wise was this one.
Cool naked DSD!

I've heard the break fluid can actually break down/weaken/soften the plastic if left soaking too long. First DSD I tried dechroming with DOT3 fluid left some white hazy residue that kept leaching out of the plastic. The harder plastic on the torso also cracked on that DSD.

Some people use bleach to dechrome too, but I haven't tried that.
 
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