Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

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Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by efarel » 28 Aug 2012, 12:23

Hi guys,
I collected a very big lot of standard red and blu zombies from boxed set.
My plan was to decolore them and repaint them in 1-25 refs colors.

As I normally do with HW, I soaked them in various standard tools of the trade (Sutter, Chanteclaire, Fornet etc etc) without result !
Some zombies are in the sutter from a couple of weeks now ! unbelievable how tough they were printed... even if I brush them I have no results at all...

Any idea to help me ?
thank you
ciao
L

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by ANDO » 28 Aug 2012, 17:12

They are very hard to clean as the paint soaks into the plastic and you never get them pure white to repaint:Doh:

What i have done in the past is to clean as best i can and then spray them white and then re paint them.

Best of luck ;-)

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Post by efarel » 30 Aug 2012, 11:04

Thank you Ando,
it was what i was thinking about... i will wash them with mid soap, flush them in water and let them dry...

no more chemical/mechanical stripping but a very light spray with Citadel white primer and acrilic paints all over... I hope the primer will not cover the very light details on this tiny and flatish zombies !!

do you have picture of your repainted zombies ?
ciao
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Post by ANDO » 30 Aug 2012, 21:22

[quot[img][/][img][/img]e="efarel"]Thank you Ando,
it was what i was thinking about... i will wash them with mid soap, flush them in water and let them dry...

no more chemical/mechanical stripping but a very light spray with Citadel white primer and acrilic paints all over... I hope the primer will not cover the very light details on this tiny and flatish zombies !!

do you have picture of your repainted zombies ?
ciao
Efarel[/quote]

Heres one

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by ANDO » 30 Aug 2012, 21:22

that did not work :-\

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by Focus On » 31 Aug 2012, 09:37

much easier and hastle free to buy blanks from Santiago/Top Sin fellas
Bored to FLICK

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by efarel » 31 Aug 2012, 10:06

sure Mark, much simpler but... they are not zombies !!
my subbuteo childhood was zombie style ! everyone hates them, I like them and I want to play with them !!
that useless, poor detailed, lifeless figure is in my heart !
So, I will not condemn to the trashbin 450 zombies because they are red and blue !! :D :D
It's not their fault !! :D
cheers
Luca

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by efarel » 17 Sep 2012, 09:33

A quick update !

During last family dinner, talking with my sister about my decoloring duties, she gave me some advice and yesterday she came up with a mix of degreasing product she use at work... well... it works !!!
This "recipe" includes a copule of industrial degreasing products and a soap based product.

A 6 hours treatment was enough to soften the machine paint on a couple of test zombies !!
using a brush the red or blu paint was removed almost completely... great score , sista !!

So, try to mix and match your degreasing products... the chemical way is possible !!! :D

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by newgolddream » 17 Sep 2012, 09:42

What has it done to the plastic though? Is it softened?

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Re: Zombie Machine Printed - how to decolor them

Post by efarel » 07 Nov 2012, 15:47

no, plastic doesn't look brittle or softened.
decoloration was not 100% but enough to repaint a blu or red zombie without too much problem.
I'm starting a couple of teams, as soon as I finish them I'll post a before and after picture !
ciao

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