Hello there fellow gamers, Geochimp here with a review of a fantastic product that I think you're all going to want to get your hands on, BIOSTRIP. I was lucky enough to be sent a sample from the lovely Amy in their social media team just so that I can share it with you guys!
What on earth is BIOSTRIP I hear you ask, well to put it bluntly, it's a paint stripper. It's no secret that this hobby of ours is a tad on the pricey side, and that (added to the advent of finecast) has sent many of us scurrying over to eBay to try and snaffle a bargain for core units and old metal versions of special characters. Now that's all well and good, but hands up who's won an auction on eBay where the photo in the description looked ok, but when the item arrives it's slathered in a layer of paint 3 inches thick that was applied using a ceiling roller?!
Hyperbole aside, generally eBay purchases need a bit of work to get them ready to add to the ranks of your particular army, chief of which is removing paint applied by the previous owner. Now, if you pop methods for stripping paint off miniatures into Google, you'll come across lots of different methods, most of which include using either Dettol, Fairy Powerspray or Nitromors. All 3 of those substances are caustic and not particularly great for your skin, especially Nitromors!
BIOSTRIP however is not. It is water based, odour free, safe (although as with all products of this type, I do suggest wearing gloves while using it, just to be on the safe side) and fast. And when I say fast, I mean it will remove paint from your miniatures in as little as an hour, after which you rinse them under the cold tap and the paint flakes right off leaving the mini looking pretty much brand new.
The product itself is a fairly thick, white liquid, which behaves a lot like PVA and can either be used as a dip or can be painted on.
To use it, you put it on the miniature, wait an hour, rinse and scrub, repeat if necessary and then dry it off. That's it. No faffing about letting stuff soak for a week. No need to go outside due to fear of gassing your house out with fumes. No fear of any adverse reactions to the metal/plastic/resin of the minis themselves. It is literally a case of slap it on, wait a bit, and wash it off again. Easy.
I've taken some pictures of some old models that I've tried it on earlier today. From left to right we have a standard plastic Space Marine, a resin Inquisitor from Forge World and an old white metal Chaplain.
All I did was dunk them into the BIOSTRIP, making sure there was a nice thick coating, like so:
After an hour, I came back, gave them a scrub and was left with this:
I then put another coat on and left it for another hour, and this was the result:
As you can see, the paint is gone, there's no pitting or deformation of the materials and they're ready to be primed for repainting, all in the space of an evening. One thing I will mention though, if you're using it on resin, you will need to use more than one coat to get all the paint off due to the porosity of the resin.
Now, lets get down to the nitty gritty of it all, costs and availability. Currently, BIOSTRIP is only available through their website (http://www.biostrip.co.uk), but they do offer free UK delivery which is good. Price-wise, a 500ml tub is currently £8.00, which depending on how much stuff you have to strip, should last you a good while. For those of you thinking of repainting your whole army though, they also offer a 5L (yes, you read that right!) bottle which is currently £35.00.
So there you have it guys, probably the easiest and most hassle-free way of removing paint from your old minis. Any questions, stick them in the comments and I'll try and get back to you ASAP.
Until next time!