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    May 2020
cleaning before painting
Posted by umpire93 on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:24 PM

what is the best way to clean plastic models before painting

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    May 2013
Posted by Blgrnday on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:37 PM

I spray the parts in a bowl with Castrol Super Clean -or Wal-Mart equivalent . Then I rinse them in warm water , spread them on newspaper to dry . 

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:14 PM

I use a mild liquid hand soap (ensure it is lanolin free) and give the body a good scrub under warm running water with a soft bristle scrub brush or toothbrush. Then scrub well while rinsing.

Dish soap works well too, Dawn being a favorite brand. Whether using hand soap or dish soap, get one that is free of extras like perfume, moisturizers, and other additives.

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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 11:41 PM

I use warm water in the kitchen sink with Ajax dish detergent,rinse in warm water.Then I lay the body on a clean old t shirt to dry. Then I wash the cups and plates in the water after.....not joking either. Lol.    For chassis I use an old toothbrush and toothpaste to lightly dull it up while cleaning..gets in the grooves with toothbrush..but this time I refrain from recycling the toothpaste tho

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:42 PM

First I wash the plastic in a mixture of Dawn dishwashing detergent and water. Dawn is well known for removing oil, wax and grease. In fact, I use it on my BMW Z3 to strip the wax. Dawn removes the wax pronto. Okay back to the plastic model. After washing with Dawn, I give it a good rinse and then wipe it  with rubbing alcohol. Next, I give it a good blast of compressed air to remove any dust. Then I start painting in a spray booth. 


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