Stripping Paint from a Decorated Model (Version 1)

Using 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Have you ever wanted to paint a locomotive, freight car, or other item, in your favorite, or custom paint scheme, but the cost or availability of undecorated models are interfering?  Have no fear, you can easily remove paint from models without damaging the underlying plastic.

This article features a Life-Like Proto 2000 GP20, however this concept works equally as well with other Proto 200 models as well as Athearn.  Kato requires a slightly stronger paint remover, which will be covered in future articles.  Other manufacturers I don;t have much recent data with, so I cannot speak for them at the time of this article.

I prefer to use 91% Isopropyl Alcohol for most paint stripping as it dries fast after, and does not leave any trace residue.  However as you can see in the photos, and a later article to come, Pine-Sol will also do the trick.  Avoid the brake parts cleaner idea once toted by hobby magazines, as it can often attack the plastic.  And definitely avoid spray, or brush on paint strippers from hardware stores, they will quickly turn your plastic model into goo.