I spent some time researching what would work best for removing the paint without damaging the resin. After all we are dealing with a model that regularly goes for over $500 on eBay with a complete set of weapons as this one has. After a lot of searching I came up with Simple Green as a solution, I have seen some horror stories of all sorts of fluids actually breaking down resin and ending up with a ‘bag of goo’ as a result, but didn’t see any with Simple Green. Also its non-toxic, I still wouldn’t drink the stuff, and relatively easy to handle indoors or out.
I picked the two weapons I could live without, in case of complete disaster i.e. melted resin goop, the Chain Fist and the Flamer. I poured Simple Green into a one gallon zip loc bag and added the two weapons. I made sure that the simple green would cover the weapons completely in fluid. After 24 hours I brought the bag of parts and cleaner out to the back porch, to prevent the house from smelling like Simple Green all day.
Here you can see the parts and the ‘bubbling’ of the paint is readily apparent. The paint is loose almost like a blister on skin and comes off very easily.
At first you will be able to slowly remove the paint in large sections, do this as long as possible as it will give you the cleanest results while removing the paint. This will also make for the easiest clean up of the surrounding area once you are done.
As paint is removed from the more intricate details it will form ‘paint balls’ that will stick to anything, be careful not to get too aggressive with paint removal as these paint globs will get inadvertently flung off onto other surfaces. For this portion I generally use an old tooth brush. These paint globs can be difficult to remove later once they find their way to walls and tables.
After scrubbing with a toothbrush and sponge here are the parts after their first cleaning.
By being very careful not to agitate the parts and cleaning solution while in the bags you are left with a cleaning solution that remains free of particles and can be reused multiple times, as you can see in this photo.
After their first rinse the parts went back into the bag for another soaking so I can remove the rest of the paint stuck down in the cracks. I will be checking the bag in another 12 hours and then 24 hours to determine a regular schedule to get the rest of the parts cleaned and ready for any necessary repairs prior to priming.
I hope this offers a few ideas for those not brave enough to set out on a rather dramatic project like stripping paint from old models quite yet.