Ever had a painting project not come out as expected? Or maybe had paint creep under your tape during a two or more color paint job? I’m sure we all have. I know this has happened to me several times.
I have found an inexpensive way to remove the paint in preparation for a second try. This method utilizes automotive brake fluid as the cleaning agent. Today, there are many commercial products at the local hobby shop which address this need but they are priced at approximately three times the price of the brake fluid.
Using a paint tray (designed for rollers) simply place the model in the tray and pour on brake fluid until the model has been completely coated. Let the model stand for 5-6 minutes and begin brushing with an old tooth brush. As the brushing removes the brake fluid, simply dip the brush into the deep end of the pan, pick up additional fluid, and reapply. Follow this procedure of waiting and scrubbing until the model is clean. Do not submerge the model and leave for an extended period of time since some plastics will be softened by the chemical action.
Once you have removed the paint, wash with mild dish soap using an old tooth brush to scrub the vents and small details. Let the model air dry and your ready to paint.