How to Remove Paint From a RC Body

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How to Remove Paint From a RC Body
Removing flawed paint from RC shells saves money. (Radio-controlled model of the red car close-up image by terex from

Having a superior paint job on a radio-controlled car's shell is the difference between a collectable and a child's toy. Painting RC shells requires patience and a practised hand, but even then, errors occur. A flawed paint job doesn't warrant throwing away a shell. Instead, remove the unwanted paint with a few inexpensive household items. With just a bit of elbow grease and a little time, you can have a clean RC shell.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Brake fluid
  • Toothbrush
  • Aluminium roasting pan
  • Paint brush
  • Shop towels
  • Mild dish detergent

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  1. 1

    Place the RC shell upside down in an aluminium roasting pan. Pour approximately three tablespoons of brake fluid, such as Dot 4, into the shell.

  2. 2

    Dip a paint brush in the puddle of the brake fluid. Brush brake fluid over the entire shell.

  3. 3

    Allow the shell to set for 20 minutes. Gently scrub the shell with an old toothbrush.

  4. 4

    Wipe away loose paint with a clean shop towel. Repeat steps 1-4 until the shell is paint free.

  5. 5

    Wash the shell thoroughly with mild dish detergent. Rinse the shell with water and allow it to air dry.

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