How to Remove Paint from Warhammer Miniatures

Updated July 20, 2017

Collecting and painting a Warhammer or Warhammer 40,00 army can be a very rewarding hobby. Once your skill in painting these intricate models increases, you may want to go back and repaint some of your first models, or maybe you found a used army for a great price on eBay but the paint job isn't up to par . Luckily, removing the original paint from the plastic models is an easy, albeit time consuming, process.

Place the plastic Warhammer miniatures into the bucket and fill the bucket with the "Simple Green" cleaning solution until the miniatures are completely submerged.

Cover the bucket with cling film and leave the figures to soak overnight.

Wearing the rubber gloves, remove the figures from the cleaning solution and place under hot running water.

Scrub the models firmly with the toothbrush. The old paint should peel off easily.

Clean the models with hand soap to remove any residue from the cleaning fluid.


If the paint is not coming off easily, allow the models to soak in the cleaning solution for a longer time. If paint has been on the model for a long time, the plastic may be tinted, but this will not affect any paint applied in the future. Make sure to scrub the model with hand soap, as leaving the cleaner on the model will affect the next coat of paint you put onto the miniature.


Wearing the rubber gloves is important and will protect your skin when reaching into the cleaning solution. Although "Simple Green" is non toxic, this process is best done is a well ventilated area to avoid inhaling any fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Warhammer miniatures
  • Bucket
  • "Simple Green" cleaning solution
  • Cling Film
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sink with running water
  • Old toothbrush
  • Hand soap
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