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Putty!
skyhunter66
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 09:42 PM UTC
Has anyone any top tips for removing putty after it has dried? I am using the Humbrol stuff and it seems difficult to remove the excess after it has dried
Thanks
Chris
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:18 PM UTC
When it happens to me I usually remove it using a cotton swab damp with Tamiya lacquer thinner (yellow cap)



It's quite effective and most of all it doesn't damage the plastic


cheers

CptSpitfire
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:21 AM UTC
You can use Tamiya lacquer thinner or Mr. Color lacquer thinner. Don't use hardware store lacquer thinner or you'll immediately melt the plastic. However, both Tamiya and Mr. Color lacquer thinner will melt plastic if you let the plastic sit too long in it so don't soak the putty areas. Just use a dampened Q-tip or something to rub the putty off.
skyhunter66
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 07:27 PM UTC
ok thanks guys - it's not available as far as I can see in the UK but I have found some on ebay of course!
Spiderfrommars
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:03 PM UTC
You can also use the cotton swab damp with Tamiya or Gunze lacquer thinner to smooth your filling. You have to pass gently the swab several times until you get an even surface.
It's a technique which avoids using the sandpaper sticks, so it can prevent your panel lines.

Anyway, I've never tried but as far as I know also isopropyl alcohool 90 degrees can be effective
lampie
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:04 PM UTC
Nail varnish/polish remover does the same job.
Make sure you get the one which contains acetone.

All the best,
Nige
lampie
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:06 PM UTC
Here you go.........
How to fill without sanding.
LINK

Nige
Spiderfrommars
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:38 PM UTC
Yes, that's it Nige!

great tutorial there!
JClapp
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 07:21 PM UTC
Sometimes an idea so simple you just never get it, until someone sticks it in your face.


mask around the gap to be filled !!!

thanks a million Lampie for that.
lampie
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 11:13 PM UTC
No problem

Just buy me a beer next time you see me lol


Nige