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Stripping enamel to redo in laquer

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  • Member since
    April 2020
Stripping enamel to redo in laquer
Posted by 58volvoV8 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 11:39 PM

Quick question. I'm building an original 1988 issue of Amt 66 nova.....ive allready etched the panel lines and did the mold line and flash clean up.....sprayed in testors enamel I've found a dupli color laquer I like. Thinking on stripping the primer to recoat in duplicolor primer and paint(laquer) worry is A) will a brake fluid bath eat the old plastic B) will it get the primer out of the etched panel lines....i did them deep. I originally planned on testors white as it's sposed to be an old stock eliminator car(and I have a "thing" for white drag cars lol)......i also have the amt jenkins nova which will be the white 766 thinking don't need 2 white nova.......or do I....

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 19, 2020 1:33 PM

I've stripped with brake fluid several times now without a problem. Age of the kit shouldn't be a factor. A 1 to 2 day bath should do it. You may need to scrape the primer off once it has softened and scrub it with a stiff toothbrush to get it out of the grooves. Wipe the body clean with tissue, then scrub the body thoroughly in hot (not scalding) soapy water, maybe even let soak for a bit (make sure no lanolin in the soap). The panel gaps may not come clean. Just lightly rescribe to clean them up. 

And though you didn't ask, allow me to dispense a thought on white paint. Hobby enamels, Testors and Humbrol in particular, yellow over time. Sometimes severely so. If I paint a car white and want it to stay white, I use lacquer or acrylic. Just my 2 cents. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Sunday, April 19, 2020 7:47 PM

thanks for the reply....and tip on the white paint


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