Breyer Horse Restoration: Removing Acrylic Paint Part 2

August 28, 2009

Last week we did a bit of Breyer horse restoration. Removing acrylic paint is a lot of work but can produce great results. Last week we loosened the paint and removed the larger portions of it. This week we’re going to work on the mane and tail. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at last week’s part one, you can click here to read it.

After you’ve removed the larger potions of acrylic paint you’re going to notice what’s left is very stubborn. Paint that slips into the crevices and into creases is difficult to get out and harder to remove. If you’ve taken a break in between steps you’ll want to once again soak your horse. This loosens the paint. Acrylic paint is water soluble, so water is going to be one of your greatest weapons against the paint.

Once you have soaked the horse, you’ll want to start scrubbing it again with the toothbrush and acrylic soap. Again, you want to loosen this as much as possible. Dry paint will be almost impossible to remove. This might even remove a bit more of the paint and save you a bit of trouble.

Once your paint is soaked and loosened you’ll want to get some toothpicks and start to loosely pick at the paint, getting into the crevices and lightly picking and scratching at the paint. If the model you are working with has a bare plastic tail (This is common on models with a white mane and tail) you don’t need to be as careful when picking and scratching, but if your model has a painted mane and tail be VERY careful not to scratch off the original paint.



Take your time and pick at the paint until it is all removed. If you are still having difficulty another soak and scrub with the toothbrush and soap is in order. For difficult paint this may need to be done several times. Use care and patience and the paint will be gone in no time!


After you feel like you’ve gotten all of the paint on give your horse another soak in a bucket. Leave it sitting in there for an hour or so and wipe it off with a wash rag or paper towel. Your model should now be done!


Patience will get you very far when you are restoring models. Don’t rush and take your time.

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