How to Strip Paint Off a Resin Statue

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The paint on resin statues may crack or peel over time or owners may simply desire a different look. It is possible to simply paint over the existing paint job but sculptural details may be obscured by so much paint. Numerous methods can be employed to strip the paint off resin statues.

Most of them involve using chemicals to loosen the paint and then scrubbing off what does not slip off on its own. This method requires commonly available materials and can be employed by most careful amateurs and hobbyists.

If the paint is flaking, scrub the dry statue with a toothbrush to remove what is already loose.

Pour the degreaser into a plastic container. Carefully submerge the statue in the degreaser and allow it to soak about 24 hours.

Remove the statue from the degreaser and scrub any paint off with a toothbrush. Use warm water to help remove paint while scrubbing. Continue until the paint is removed or scrubbing ceases to be effective.

If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 to remove more paint. Continue until as much paint as possible has been removed.

As an option, for stubborn paint, spray Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner on the statue and seal it in a plastic bag. Leave for 30 to 60 minutes and then scrub off any paint with a toothbrush.

Pick and scrape off paint flecks with a hobby knife or dental tool.

Wash the statue with dish soap and warm water. Allow to dry thoroughly before repainting.