How to Remove Paint from Warhammer Miniatures

Written by eric richardson
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you 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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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