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    Paint removal from Mego heads?

    How is the best way to remove paint from a Mego head? I am needing to remove some paint from a figure's face for an upcoming custom I'm working on, specifically the figure's eyebrows. I've customized wrestling figures in the past and have removed paint apps by using acetone. It worked fine, however those figures were hard plastic that could be wiped off easily. Can I use the same process with Mego heads? They are a much softer material, and I don't want to risk smearing the paint, or even worse, having the acetone eat away at the plastic. Any suggestions? And thanks to all in advance.
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    The vinyl used for Mego heads is pretty durable and resistant to solvents. You can use safely use acetone. I've used cotton swabs dipped in an acetone/MEK blend to strip and touch up heads for years.

    One caveat: If you overwork the surface, it can buff it and reduce a matte or satin molded finish.
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    Thanks PNGwynne. That's what I have done in the past with the wrestling figures (q-tips or cotton swabs dipped in acetone). And yeah, I've found out the hard way that it can take the sheen right off. SO, it sounds like sticking with the acetone is the way to go. Thanks!

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    This was actually a pretty fascinating video. Never would've thought to use brake fluid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CKMBDavis View Post
    This was actually a pretty fascinating video. Never would've thought to use brake fluid!
    same here. I could see brake cleaner working.
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    Brake fluid, hmmm. Works awesome, it looks like.

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