Stripping #XWingMiniatures with Simple Green
I normally prime/paint directly which results in a minimal loss of detail, but once in awhile I’ll have a mini that needs the simple green treatment. For this walkthrough I overprimed a TIE fighter, then let my 2 year old have some fun with the paint. Sabine would be proud.
Note: WarOne has a detailed walkthrough over at DakkaDakka. If you want more detailed instructions/tips, I suggest heading there!
1. Plastic Container (an old yogurt container)
2. Simple Green Cleaner
3. Old Toothbrush
First things first, I filled the container with simple green until I could submerge the mini. I tossed it in, closed the lid, and waited a day.
After 24hrs had passed I removed the TIE from the simple green, then gave it a good scrub with an old toothbrush. I would brush until a decent amount of paint had been removed, rise the mini/brush, dip the toothbrush in simple green, and continue. I went through a few iterations before the paint was removed completely.
Once that was finished the TIE was clean and good to go. You’ll notice that the stock paint hasn’t been removed by this method but the simple green did remove some of the out-of-the-box detail wash. In my experience, this should be more than enough for the detail you need.
If you’re a stickler for things being squeaky clean there’s other methods that work best on X-Wing minis specifically. This will leave the ships stripped down to the bare plastic, although personally I find this excessive. In the end you’ll have to decide for yourself what you find acceptable.