This is not exactly what I expected at that point. It usually takes me seconds to stripo old lead and this was the first model to ever resist me in a life time of hobby.
Now I had heard from many french people they were deeply fond of Glanzer to stripo anything so I did give that a try ;
Now I got very excited about this as I could see the paint flaking off a few seconds after pouring the liquid on the model. This was promising. VERY promising.
But it was actually just as disapointing...
Now here's the result after stripping them and having a go with white spirit. That's right, at this point, I had tried :
- 2 long (days) baths and scrubbing session with Acetone
- 2 long (days) baths and scrubbing session with Dettol
- 2 long (days) baths and scrubbing session with Glanzer
- 2 long (days) baths and scrubbing session with White spirit
Now for good measures I did try Isopropyl alcohol with very limited success and then went for a final long (week) bath of dettol followed by a session with a needle and tooth pick to remove any traces of paint.
5 different products over a few weeks and about 10 or so scrubbing sessions, that's a personal record. It will probabably take me less time and anergy to actually paint it !
The model is still not perfect but I suspect it's paintable now. I didn't want to do anything more at that point because although I'm using a toothbrush for kids and a toothpick mostly, the soft old lead was starting to be losing details.
Quite frightening isn't it ? At least I got to have a good look at the model so it will already be familiar when I get to painting it. It's Perry Goodness at its top so unless the details are too damaged it should be a very enjoyable process.
Getting the feathers back on the Gryphon was even more of a chore and that's where I really hope it doesn't make painting a mess :
That's all for now, I'm preparing myself for March's painting which will include a bit more chaos for my renegades and something a bit different with my very first take on a different scale. ^^