In search of an alternative, I came across this post from Graven Games enthusing about using Dettol. Not wanting to pass on untested information, I've taken it on myself to experiment with their method.
My first task was to acquire materials. A trip to the local super market got me a 750ml bottle of Dettol Antiseptic (Chlotoxylenol 4.8% w/v) and a sealable plastic container for under £7.
Sadly I don't have to look far for models of my own in need of a fresh start, nut in this instance a recent eBay purchase provides the the voulenteers for the process.
Here's a better picture of the bottle, for those wanting to recreat things.
Getting things started was fairly easy, apart from the annoying discovery that the dividers are removable rather than built in, which means I needed a whole bottle to fill the bottom of my container. As well as the models I put in some Citadel plastic and a base, to see what effect the stuff would have on platic.
It was then a question of waiting.
I ledft the models in overnight, and returned to them roughly 12 hours later. If you look at the picture below you can see the definition has gone from the models where the paint has litfted from the surface in a layer.
Pulling out one of the models shows the way the paint has shifted.
A bit of work with a toothbrush and...
Looking almost as good as new. There are still some deposits in the nooks and crannies, but it's not at all bad for such a short soak.
Once the paints cleaned off, these models will be getting a wash in soapy water to remove the lingering traces of Dettol, making them ready for painting.
So Dettol does the business, and gets quick results. It also seems to have left my two plastic test pieces unhared. There are things to beware of though.
- The stuff stinks (oddly like poster paint). You'll want a sealable container to leave stuff in, and a well ventelated area to work in.
- Undilluted it's fairly powerful stuff, (the list of indredients is an interesting read) and you don't want it on your skin. Wear gloves, and avoid getting it in your eyes.
- When cleaning off the paint, don't use water. The paint will start to set again and adhere to anything it touches.
- Apparently Citadel Finecast doesn't survive this treatment well. When I've tested some I'll let you know.