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What is a paint stripper for miniatures?

A Paint Remover is a powerful and effective product used to remove acrylic, enamel, and lacquer-based paints from a variety of surfaces, and also from, more specifically, the already painted figures or miniatures made of plastic, resin, or metal. If it is used correctly, this paint stripper will not damage or weaken miniatures, so it is safe to use on them.

The best Paint Stripper

Green Stuff World Paint Stripper is the result of 2 years of research and testing. It is currently considered the best paint killer on the market because of the following features: it is a semi-acrylic mix with low evaporation, low odor, reduced price, completely reusable, and highly effective.


Paint Remover to avoid when stripping paints off miniatures

As general advice, you should avoid using any toxic paint stripper. The fact that you are buying it in your nearest supermarket does not mean that it is not dangerous, basically because although it may have more or less good results, they are not products designed for this function.

Especially you must avoid:

  • Acetone: First of all: Not all nail polish remover contains acetone nowadays. Look for signs like “acetone-free” on the bottle. If you leave your miniature in acetone for too long, it might damage it. Be careful with this stuff!
  • Isopropyl alcohol: It works well to get all colors off of your miniatures but it is highly flammable (especially if it is heated), avoid long skin contact and inhalation since it is an irritant. It evaporates very quickly and is practically not reusable.
  • Methylated alcohol: Also works pretty well, but it is so strong that it could totally dissolve your miniature. Do not leave the figurine floating in methylated alcohol. 
  • Brake fluid: It works too, but the problem with this stuff is that it is quite aggressive, so it will sooner or later eat up your miniature and probably damage your hands as well. Be careful with this stuff!

Stripping paint with an ultrasonic cleaner

Ultrasonic baths are small devices used for cleaning all kinds of things. Basically, you put what you want to clean inside the cleaner tub, then fill it with a mix of Paint Remover and Water, diluted at 50%, close the lid, and start a program. Working with only water will not give the same results.

In general works well with loose and big pieces, but it may be a bit too much for reaching the inner parts of a miniature.

Ultrasonic cleaners can be the answer to strip off your miniatures, but you can get more or less the same results with chemicals and an old toothbrush, but an ultrasonic cleaner is easier. At least, the ultrasonic cleaner will be faster than using chemical solutions.

The ultrasonic bath can be quite expensive, but if you are going to use it for other things such as cleaning your airbrush, it might be worth it.

Types of Hobby Paint Remover

There are several different types available, including:

  • Solvent-based: These are chemicals that dissolve the colors and can be effective at removing multiple layers. However, they can be harmful to the skin, and inhaling the vapors can be dangerous.
  • Heat guns: These tools use high heat to soften and loosen the colors, making it easier to scrape them off. However, they can be dangerous to use and can cause damage to the surface underneath if not used carefully. Not recommended for working with plastic or resin figures, it could melt them.
  • Sanding: Sanding can be effective, but it can be time-consuming and may not work well on thick layers.
  • Scraping: A putty knife or other flat tool can be used to scrape off the colors. This method works best on thin layers and may not be effective on thick layers.
  • Chemical strippers: These products are specifically designed to remove paint and are available in both liquid and gel forms. They work by breaking down the paint, making it easy to scrape off.

It's important to choose the one that is appropriate for the type of paint you are trying to remove and to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Wear protective gear, including gloves and goggles, when using any type of these products to remove paint from your miniatures.

Where to buy Paint Remover?

Looking for a powerful and effective product? Look no further than GSW Paint Remover! This product is capable of removing acrylic paints, metallic paints, enamel, and lacquer-based paints from a variety of surfaces, including plastic, resin, and metal miniatures. It is available to buy at, so be sure to check it out!