Stripping Paint from Model Horses

A few weeks back we posted details of how to remove paint from our Copperfox Blank Canvas models (here is the post if you would like a recap). We wanted to share some experience and wisdom of other model horse collectors, of what other methods they use and what other options are out there.

** PLEASE REMEMBER TO READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS ON ANY LIQUID/REMOVER BEFORE USE. WEAR GLOVES AND SAFETY GLASSES, AND IN GENERAL, TAKE CARE. YOUR SAFETY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A MODEL HORSE**

Being mostly a modeler/painter of military figures using acrylics, oils and enamels I have found that with plastics/resins of all types a soaking in a Dettol bath for a few days will remove most paint without damage to the model. After soaking wash off Dettol in warm very soapy water. I use this method to remove paint from G’daughters models she wants repainting. Acetone will also remove paint quickly and easily although I would suggest testing on hidden part first.

Another very cheap and efficient method of removing paint is to use household bleach, which is much cheaper than Dettol. Submersion for about 5 days in a bath of bleach will completely remove all paint. I did a test run on a model half submerged and took photos of results.

Of course, don’t forget rubber gloves, safety glasses as bleach is toxic
- Tom B
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Before and After Comparison

Before and After Comparison