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Old 03-21-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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I finally got my new body for my car and attempted a more bold paint job than I had ever done before and the result was not so good. I want to re do the paint job. What is the trick for getting the paint off. My buddy said he used brake fluid. Any other ideas??? Easier the better. Thanks in advance.
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If you used polycarb paint:

1. Remove body from car.

2. Got to local hobby shop.

3. Buy new body!

You can't take that off and still have a paintable body, sadly.
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If you used polycarb paint:

1. Remove body from car.

2. Got to local hobby shop.

3. Buy new body!

You can't take that off and still have a paintable body, sadly.
This is what I used:

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...pray-Paint-3oz
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it wont come off
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:31 PM   #5
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  1. Take a scotchbrite pad and rough up the outside of the body.
  2. Mask over the windows - on the outside.
  3. Get a can of your favorite black primer
  4. Spray the outside of the car with the primer.
  5. Remove masking
  6. PRESTO! Practice body. If you don't care too much, you can forget the masking steps.

Sadly, I don't think you can save it. On plastic models, I use castrol super clean but I think that will blur the polycarb.
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hi, u can try soak the shell with brake oil...it'll make the paint crack...it's wont harm the shell..
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I can tell you for a fact- if you used the practra paints (except bright yellow) it will come off and you can repaint the body. It takes time but you can use Body wash and a rag and wipe it off. It takes time.The bright yellow will leave a stain but you can paint over it.A freind of mine took two bodies I had and did this.They came out great and you could not tell the difference. He used to paint real cars and trucks for a living.
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use the bad body until it gets broken, and buy a new one and try again. there is no point in removing the paint. maybe is you use a large scale body, but thats becuse the body is expensive and it rarely gets broken.
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I use a speed blaster to redo them---small handheld sand blaster-- play sand media works really good......just mask over the windows

I got the idea at first as a way to prep for paint....way easier than hand sanding.....wash out real good before re-painting
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Purchase a new one. Its only lexan(plastic). Any kind of potroleum base cleaners will melt it. Painting takes time and patience of masking, and airbrushing. Useing scotchbrite on it dull dull the finish. Try doing what you think maybe correct. Then purchase a new body. Practice makes purfect.

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IF you prepared the body correctly --washing etc. -- the paint imbeds itself into the plastic. Trying to remove it will just ruin it. Like someone else said--our only "out" --is to paint the outside--but that will look a little wierd too--
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try this:

http://www.tamiya.com/japan/products...nate/movie.wmv

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I have successfully removed paint from bodies by brushing brake fluid over the paint and letting it sit. It will soften the paint, you can usually wipe it off with a paper towel, on more stubborn paint, use something like a guitar pick to scrape it off.

Brake fluid sucks to get on your hands, use gloves. the cool thing is soap and water will cut right thru it. (DONT use silicone dot 5 etc. fluid that will have no effect on the paint and would be a PITA to remove it)
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that old jug of nitro fuel thats sittin the garage. stripping was its original purpose. works very very well and is a common choice for those restoring old bodies that are no longer in production.

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http://formuladrc.forumotion.com/pos...=editpost&p=82

Its pretty simple, as long as you painted it with Lexan Style paint.

-Buy some DOT3 brake fluid,

-Grab a container large enough to hold your body, and round up some paper towels.
(Suggested by another forum the paper towels works the best).

-Place the body in the container and pour some brake fluid in to coat the body.
-Next wad up a couple paper towels, soak them in the fluid, and place them in the body so that they contact most of the painted surfaces.

-Pour a little more brake fluid in for good measure, and go watch the Speed Channel for 15-20min.

-When you get back, the paint should be soft enough to scrape away with the paper towel.

-Rinse it every now and then with warm water to clean the loose paint away, and resoak the body with brake fluid to continue.

-The results are surprising, and the body didn't cloud up.

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