Paint Blitzer tutorial

Paint Blitzer usage tutorial

On this page you will find a full guide on how to use Paint Blitzer to safely, effectively and quickly strip paint, varnish and primer from your tabletop miniatures. If you have any questions about the contents of this guide, feel free to get in touch!

You will need:

  • A bottle of Paint Blitzer
  • The miniature/s you want to strip
  • A small tub or container
  • A stiff-bristled synthetic brush

Additionally, to clean the miniatures after stripping them, you will need access to a sink with cold running water.

Step-by-step:

1.

Place the miniature/s you want to strip in your container

Tip:

We recommend using a container deep enough to facilitate submerging the entire subject, but with little spare room to efficiently make use of your Paint Blitzer.
2.

Give your bottle a shake, then pour the necessary amount of Paint Blitzer to totally submerge the miniature/s

Tip:

Ensuring the Paint Blitzer fully submerges the subject and is able to reach every surface (including all the nooks and crannies) is important for a consistent and effective job.
3.

Leave to strip. This will take a minimum of 30 minutes.  However, for different kinds of miniatures, you may want to leave them for up to 2 hours (see below)

Tip:

Different kinds of paint jobs will take different amount of times to strip. If your subject has heavy paint, varnish and primer, you may want to leave it for longer.
MaterialMinimum timeMaximum time
Hard plastic30 minutes2 hours
Soft plastic / ‘restic’30 minutes1 hour
Metal30 minutes3 hours
Resin*30 minutes30 minutes

 

*For more information on stripping resin miniatures, see our FAQs

4.

At the sink, remove the miniatures one by one, and scrub them firmly but not roughly with your stiff-bristled synthetic brush. This will cause the remaining paint and Paint Blitzer solution to form a gooey mixture.

Tip:

You should not have to scrub very hard, but ensure you are thorough so as to disturb the solution on all surfaces of the subject.
5.

Hold the miniature under cold running water and continue to scrub. The gooey mixture will be washed away and reveal the subject underneath!

Tip:

Ensure you spend adequate time scrubbing the model under the tap and remove all the remaining goo.
6.

Give your miniature a final wash with clean cold water and place aside to leave to dry. Repeat steps 4-6 until all your miniatures have been cleaned

Tip:

If there is a shiny residue left on your model after this step, repeat step 5.

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Best practices

  • To ensure your bottle of Paint Blitzer goes as far as possible, we recommend trying to fit as many miniatures in your tub as possible for each job. Providing each miniature is fully exposed to the solution, you can do as many minis in a batch as you like!
 
  • If possible, you may find it easier to strip your miniature if you separate it from its base beforehand. Please note that Paint Blitzer may not work effectively on basing materials such as flock and PVA.
 
  • When scrubbing your model, use discretion. Make sure you scrub firmly enough to fully remove the paint from the recesses of the miniature, and take time to ensure you cover all surfaces. However do not be so rough as to cause abrasion to detail or break parts of your miniature
 
  • If you are stripping a large collection or army of miniatures, it may be tempting to do them all in one go! However the process requires a certain amount of attention and time for each miniature, so for best results, consider splitting the set of miniatures into batches or groups