April 2, 2017

Acetone Paint Removal

ugly bases. ugly paint.
Do you remember these guys? A little something I picked up on eBay a while back with the intention of repainting them or some-such. These are some Italian collectibles with terrible paint jobs. But beggars can't be choosers, so we make do with what we can. I'm a big fan of the musketeers and nobody makes decent collectibles for them. You can get Conan, Red Sonja, or superheroes all over the place, but you ask for musketeers or Robin Hood and you get nothin'. So you get stuck making or customizing your own.

Well, they've moved around the office a bit, without really finding a home. Until Sunday, I hadn't done much with them. I have just had no time for craft projects. But as I was working with oil-based paint and needed to get out the acetone anyway...

the resin is a little stained
ran that acetone through a coffee filter and put it back in the can
 
I pulled them off their bases and gave them a bath. A little scrubbing and the paint ran right off them. they've got some pink and a bit of yellow left on them, but that is where the resin was stained and a coat of primer will cover that up. Then I can either paint them up or give them an antique wash, I haven't decided which.

Two things of note. Some of the thin bits became rather soft and malleable in the acetone, I'm hoping they'll harden back up, but it is something you should be aware of if you try this. And secondly, that is a painted surface on my table saw.... acetone will fuck that shit up... I'm just saying.