How to clean a model painted with acrylics?

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How to clean a model painted with acrylics?

Joined: September 14th, 2006, 3:38 am

May 29th, 2012, 1:50 am #1

I need to clean my paint job prior to sealing it down with clear coats,
the color scheme was done using a combination of Model Master Acryl and
Tamiya acrylics. I can't give it a wipe down with alcohol or Windex as these
will remove the paint....Should I just use some mild soapy water or what???
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Joined: June 11th, 2005, 3:19 pm

May 29th, 2012, 1:54 am #2

peel off in small SHEETs with even frosted tape for a mask. Be careful with it. Hate to see your model ruined.
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Joined: May 26th, 2005, 5:39 am

May 29th, 2012, 2:20 am #3

I need to clean my paint job prior to sealing it down with clear coats,
the color scheme was done using a combination of Model Master Acryl and
Tamiya acrylics. I can't give it a wipe down with alcohol or Windex as these
will remove the paint....Should I just use some mild soapy water or what???
Use a sponge brush, and try it on an inconspicuous spot on the underside first.

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Joined: February 25th, 2012, 1:39 am

May 29th, 2012, 3:16 am #4

I need to clean my paint job prior to sealing it down with clear coats,
the color scheme was done using a combination of Model Master Acryl and
Tamiya acrylics. I can't give it a wipe down with alcohol or Windex as these
will remove the paint....Should I just use some mild soapy water or what???
the surface was properly prepared before painting (oils and loose stiff washed off , at least), and the paint has cured. Wait at least 48 hours. I do it all the time with no trouble, even using a soft toothbrush to scrub stuff out of panel lines, though more on Polly Scale than Testors or Tamiya. Test first, as usual. Good luck!
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Joined: February 25th, 2012, 1:39 am

May 29th, 2012, 3:28 am #5

I need to clean my paint job prior to sealing it down with clear coats,
the color scheme was done using a combination of Model Master Acryl and
Tamiya acrylics. I can't give it a wipe down with alcohol or Windex as these
will remove the paint....Should I just use some mild soapy water or what???
As I reread Spitfire IXV/anonymouse posting above, I was trying to figure out what went wrong to have such trouble masking. Most modelers who use acrylics regularly, myself included, find a cured acrylic coat no different than one of enamel or laquer.

Oil might be the issue. If you don't normally wash the mold release agent off a kit before building, then wash finger oils, chocolate (in my case, at least), etc, off before painting, acrylics do seem to have more difficulty sticking. So if you didn't clean it up before painting, you might want to think twice before washing it.

In any case, once an acrylic is cured, it is wateproof, so it won't wash off unless it is not properly stuck on in the first place.
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May 29th, 2012, 4:05 am #6

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Joined: February 25th, 2012, 1:39 am

May 29th, 2012, 6:18 am #7

...by blowing martinis through it. Be sure to point it at a chilled glass.
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Joined: December 29th, 2002, 11:19 am

May 29th, 2012, 9:42 am #8

Don't think I recall James Bond having it that way...

bob
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 11:36 pm

May 29th, 2012, 9:58 am #9

the surface was properly prepared before painting (oils and loose stiff washed off , at least), and the paint has cured. Wait at least 48 hours. I do it all the time with no trouble, even using a soft toothbrush to scrub stuff out of panel lines, though more on Polly Scale than Testors or Tamiya. Test first, as usual. Good luck!
I'm not sure if Mark's Dishwashing Soap and John's Dish Soap are the same thing and are what is generally known in the UK as washing up liquid. If so be cautious.
Washing up liquid contains an ingredient to get grease off plates and this ingredient if left on the models will help to stop paint adhering.
So make sure you thoroughly rinse the model with tap water to be sure the washing up liquid has gone.

David Hannant.
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