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    June 2020
Help! What is this?
Posted by mikeespo on Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:12 PM


I sprayed this a couple of days ago with Krylon ford engine blue lacquer. 


Where did the pinholes come from?


Thanks all.

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 15, 2020 1:28 PM

It is possible that you sprayed a heavy coat instead of misting the paint on first.  Was the plastic cleaned before paint?

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    June 2020
Posted by mikeespo on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 10:54 AM

Yes. With isopropyl alcohol.  This is my 1st experience with rattlecans. Been modelling for 40 years with an airbrush. 1st car kit in a long time

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    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:08 AM


     Hi. I bet you didn't get all the alcohol Off the surface. Now here's a tip. When you prep for painting, Wash all the parts or assemblies with Dawn and Hot water. Then Rinse well and Air dry under a cover of some kind. Handle parts after that ONLY when you are wearing Gloves. Skin oils in your fingers can cause problems too.

      Don't laugh! I learned this also. If you work around or in close  quarters to the kitchen then here's another thing I learned. The oils in the air will settle on your model. Even though you don't realize it. Especially when Cooking Bacon or Oily meat!

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    June 2020
Posted by mikeespo on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:05 PM

Thanks. Just tried to strip the paint, using lacqer thinner, ate into the styrene! 

Engine is ruined now. 

Will definately wash ALL parts in the future. ☺

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:27 AM

Sorry to hear about your woes. For future efforts, there are several products that make for an effective paint stripper that wont damage the plastic. Soaking in Castrol Super Clean is probably most common. Easy Off HD oven cleaner (not the fresh scent stuff) can be effective. For lacquers, 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can work. For stubborn paint, 2-3 day soaking in brake fluid works well.

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    December 2008
Posted by tachikawa on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:35 PM

As you've learned, do not use lacquer thinner in plastics, even with paint on it, as it will eat into and ruin part. I use Easy-Off oven cleaner to remove paint. Just remember to wash off any oven cleaner you get on your hands/fingers! Be careful, but it should work to remove paint.




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