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« on: September 19, 2011, 01:25:53 PM »

Got a lead miniature, an old unsuccessful conversion with some green stuff in the folds. Any ideas how get rid of it?
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 01:31:30 PM »

scraping or boiling in water might work.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 01:32:48 PM »

In my experience it can be chipped/chopped/gouged/peeled away. On a relatively soft lead figure, some pre-treatment with a chemical stripper (oven cleaner, etc.) may be advisable to loosen it up first. When stripping painted figures, I sometimes find that green stuffed additions will simply fall away quite naturally during the stripping process.

I'm not aware of any products that will specifically dissolve green stuff, although acetone may help (some professionals use it to get a smoother putty surface when they're done with their sculpts).

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 01:38:10 PM »

there are some quite ddep folds so scraping wouldn't work but I can try it with aceton. Thought of aceton already but wasn't sure if that would work.

Edit: though boiling sounds interesting too..
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 03:00:07 PM »

Boiling makes sense. I have seen composite figures (greenstuff over metal, etc) come apart when taken out of a newly-made mould. I wonder if freezing wouldn't work also.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 03:11:05 PM »

Acetone has never worked for me.
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 03:56:46 PM »

Freezing will work as will heat, (burn it off! Cheesy), just watch the vapours! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 08:24:58 PM »

I've had good luck (well bad luck as I only wanted to remove the paint) with Dettol.  Depending on how much greenstuff is there it can take a while (maybe a few weeks or a month).
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011, 11:51:28 PM »

There was a similar question asked only a few days ago, in this thread.

Looks like a good overnight soak in acetone seemed to work fine. Dettol seems to work too.

I'd avoid scraping too hard if you don't need to. Let the chemicals do their stuff and save yourself the effort!
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 09:27:14 AM »

Soaking it in said chemicals will probably be your best option. Heating and freezing alternately will work but it could also put the figure under undue stress and cause it to fracture  Confused

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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011, 10:29:57 AM »

Tried it yesterday with boiling. It works. 15 Minutes in the boiling water and I could remove the green stuff parts from the deepest folds using a sharp pin. No fractures. Thanks for the hint!
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2011, 01:42:46 PM »

I can also say putting it in acetone overnight works a treat too, the greenstuff becomes soft and peels off.
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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2011, 04:57:36 PM »

Tried it yesterday with boiling. It works. 15 Minutes in the boiling water and I could remove the green stuff parts from the deepest folds using a sharp pin. No fractures. Thanks for the hint!

Nice to know there's a non chemical option!
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2011, 04:59:00 PM »

This is good advice. I am going to make this a... wait for it... sticky!  Smiley
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