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I bought some plastic Peco kits and am having trouble with the greasy surface.
I've tried the usual scrubbing with soapy water and it doesn't make any difference.
I dimly remember from my IPMS days there was a chemical sold over the counter at chemist shops which cleaned all the grease etc. from the plastic, but I cannot remember what it was called:oops:
Any body got any tips or can name a suitable substance?



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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 03:40 pm
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I can't remember what it was called either, Mike.

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isopropyl alcohol may do the trick Mike .



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Isopropyl alcohol is also available from elctronics hobby stores much cheaper than from Chemists - and without all of the embarrassing questions.

However, it will remove the paint from some models and/or turn some plastics white.

Try a bit on a non exposed area.  It's the absolute best track cleaning liquid, so it won't go to waste.



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Thanks chaps, I'll look for some tomorrow:doublethumb



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As others have said sounds like you need   IPA  you may find your chemist  doesnt carry stock  of it  though dont be suprised as it   has gone the way of Meths some like to have it as a tipple  :roll:

There are suppliers on  ebay if you wish  http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313&_nkw=IPA&_sacat=0&_from=R40

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Thanks everybody
I found some surgical spirit at the back of a cupboard, that contains IPA, I'llgive it a try next time I'm painting.
I've got a fault on my points wiring at the moment and I cannot find out what the problem is.Grrrrrrr:oops:



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If the fault continues to resist, Mike - start a thread about it.  I'm sure we can sort it.  :thumbs



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Maplins do the isopropyl alocohol,  Get the tin not the aerosol.  if you want to clean the track too.



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Woah!  Just spray and soft brush with blue window cleaner spray liquid. It's what I use on the greasy Dapol figure plastic. Alternatively, Mangers Sugar Soap [sold at DIY/Decorators stores] is THE stuff, I've used it on plastic models. It leaves a chemically inert surface that seems to attract spray can paint.
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Thanks again everybody.
It never ceases to surprise me the answers some of you come up with! Brilliant!     :doublethumb

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Sorry for the delay but computers run very slowly on dial-up connection but have you tried Wshing Soda available in the supermarkets.

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