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Old 05-17-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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how do you take paint off a painted body?
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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you can use nitro fuel or nail polish remover but the body goes milky and can't be painted properly again. would be ok for a practice body though.
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nitro fuel or brake clean and you can paint it again. don't use nail polish remover or acetone
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there is no point just buy a new one you cheap bastard..
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There's no good way to do it. Many solvents will completely ruin the plastics. Some people say nitro fuel works - though do you really want to use a solvent that costs nearly $30/gallon? It will take a lot of fuel, make a big ass mess, and will never be clear again. Its usually best to buy a new body.

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Just use Fascolor and let it flake off
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Depending on what type or brand paint is on there, rubbing alcohol works too, and will not discolor the plastic.
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it's toast - start over

The thing is that lexan paints (along with retaining some flexability) have a bonding agent in them that in a sense soak into the upper layer of the lexan, and part of the reason they don't shatter and flake off (or come off in one big piece) every time you hit the body or crash. And thus, even if you were able to remove the paint, you would have a body terribly pitted from the molecular bonding.
The other thing is; though people will always come up with some supposedly "this worked for me" method - none of them do. Almost every one of the suggestions are something that dries lexan and makes it brittle. While you might get some of the paint off, you can't get all of it off, and even what you do it will leave the body clouded and brittle and even after repainting the body will not look good - and it'll eventually explode into many pieces after a wreck or rollover from being brittle.
Cosider what you did to be practice, and get another body and try again.
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Find a product called ELO, Easy Lift Off sold by Testors in a big can. Its about 8 bucks, and works great. I used it to get the paint off an old Tamiya Wild One body (new ones are $99 on eBay) and it leaves the lexan crystal clear. Just paint it on really heavily and let it sit for 40-60 minutes, the paint will come off without too much effort.
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Laquer thinnner works pretty good
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Laquer thinnner works pretty good
At what, tuning lexan into goo?
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I appreciate the discussion. If like me you are restoring some old rides a new body isn't always an option.

Unless someone can tell me where I can buy new bodies for old Losis.
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Unless someone can tell me where I can buy new bodies for old Losis.
try www.RC10Talk.com it's a site the specializes in vintage
I think there's a guy that had a new batch made up
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At what, tuning lexan into goo?
Ha- I used it on my Mini Coop body and the paint (Tamiya poly) came off.It did fade a bit but at least the paint came off. Of course I didn't let it sit real long; it only takes a couple of minutes and next time painted on the outside.
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how do you take paint off a painted body?
I like to put it on a stick and hold it over a camp fire. Rotate occasionally.
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