Continuing from two weeks ago, today we’ll learn how to remove those pesky black, brown and sometimes white paint marks that Breyer horses seem to pick up. These marks can occur for many reasons, the most common reasons are falling or bumping into another horse. These marks are not rubs, they are small remnants of paint that have left on the horse. These marks can be difficult to remove, some people might even believe they are permanent, but with these tips, you can save your models!
Black and brown marks are pretty easy to tell, but white marks on your horse could easily be mistaken for rubs. Take a nice close look at your Breyer. As you can see on the horse below, there are many thing wrong with this horse, including black marks on him.
The first step to any restoration is to give your horse a good bath. Using a mild soap like Dawn is best. Dilute a small amount of Dawn in warm water and bathe your horse in it. Take a soft cloth and do a light scrub. Some horses have texture that will hold dirt. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies as well.
You can first try a little bit of Dawn or other dish detergent on a wet rag to get the mark off. Gently scrub the mark with a rag with a bit of dish detergent on it. Scrub lightly, you can even use your finger nail over the rag, but do not scrub harshly or scratch at your model. If after a few moments your mark doesn’t budge you might want to try another method.
Another tool to use is a pencil eraser. This works best for black marks on a white model, but may work on other colors, be very careful not to damage your horse. Using the eraser move in small circles over the mark and apply a bit of pressure. Within a couple minutes you will know if it is working.
One of the harsher methods to use for stubborn marks is Lestoil. Lestoil is an industrial cleanser and should be used very carefully. It can be found in hardware stores as well as some grocers. Fill a large bucket with water and add a small amount of Lestiol, put your model in there for a few hours and check it. Lestoil does not remove original finish paint but will remove any other paint. Wipe over your horse and if the marks come off give him a good bath, if not let him sit for another couple hours.
There are many choices when it comes to repairing your models, but the most important thing to remember is to have patience and take your time. Rushing will only hinder your restoration project and in most cases make more work for yourself.