Stripping figures

I tried both the brake fluid and the Pine Sol, and the Pine Sol seems to have it hands down.  My very unscientific method was to soak a bunch of figures in the brake fluid for several days, and then rinse them off and try to scrub off the paint with a toothbrush.  Because the brake fluid didn’t work so well, I then put the same figures, plus a few “controls” in the Pine Sol and soaked them for a couple of  days.

The brake fluid did seem to dissolve some of the paint, and certainly had an interesting effect in that it seemed to bleach out the pigments from certain colors (the green trolls turned bluish, for example, and the pinkish “Caucasian” flesh color on another turned stark white).  The Pine Sol seriously softened the paint, though, and a little scrubbing with an old toothbrush removed most of the paint.    There was not much difference between the control and the ones first soaked in brake fluid.

I’m pretty happy about this, of course, because I understand brake fluid is very carcinogenic and can be absorbed through your skin.  What was I thinking?  I will probably need to find a recycling center that will take the brake fulid now, as I don’t think you can just dump it down a drain!

I’ll try to get some pictures of the stripped trolls tonight.

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