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[Review] Wilko - Paint and Varnish Stripper All Purpose

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Wilko - Wilko Paint and Varnish Stripper All Purpose 500 ml

 

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The link for which can be found here. However, I was able to purchase it quite easily in a Wilko store for £3.00 so I don't know what the postage and packaging is like. My reason for trying this is following a simple tip off about paint strippers others use and I'm still looking for the ultimate Fairy Power Spray replacement.

 

The bottle is exactly as you see above, with a push down & twist lid, and having the warnings and instructions on the back.

 

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Inside is a fairly viscous white fluid with a mild smell (not quite marzipan but that sort of ballpark) which isn't unpleasant at all. It suggests avoiding floor coverings, vinyl materials and textiles (might as well), and to use a well ventilated area to do the stripping (not entirely necessary IMO but YMMV). For this test I was using a plastic takeaway tub to house the models and stripper, which I left sealed and outside when I was leaving it to work. It also recommends gloves but again, it's not necessary; just wash your hands afterwards. (Disclaimer: I have spent most of my life in a chemistry lab and I only wear gloves for the nasty stuff like acid - that's not an endorsement, just explaining why I'm somewhat flippant about the need for PPE and this stuff). I also had an old toothbrush and spike (for the hard to reach bits) to do the stripping which I achieved by scrubbing the model under cold running water when the time came.

 

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For this test I have a plastic, metal, Finecast and FW resin sample.

 

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These were generously covered with the stripper and worked in with the brush

 

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At this point the bottle recommends that you leave it for an hour and apply a second coat, however, as you can see from the previous model the paint is already coming away from the resin so I gave it 30 minutes before tackling both resin samples just by running it under the tap and brushing away (the stripper wont wash off without help you see)

 

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Next up was the metal and plastic

 

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In summary

I do recommend this product for stripping any and all models, based on what I've done above.

 


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WOAH.

 

That's crazy!



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Nice! I had heard good things about this stuff, may have to move over to it when this batch of dettol dies.

Do you reckon you could leave the fluid in a jar and reuse a few times? 


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Seems it may be the same stuff as bio-strip but cheaper. At least the way you describe the smell and the way it looks.

My only concern with your resin tests is that its not on a real paint job. Could do with having a spray primer, few layers of paint and then left for a couple of weeks.



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Nice one Jol! I have a number of second edition models and a Rhino that need stripping and FPS is not good at getting it done nowadays. At £3 a bottle, the price is quite good as well :)

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I'm sold on that name! Pretty bummed I can't get this in the States though.

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Super Clean degreaser (didn't BCK do a review on it?) Purple Power is another which is better than Simple Green over there (apparently).

Edited by Jolemai, 04 November 2017 - 10:36 AM.

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Seems it may be the same stuff as bio-strip but cheaper. At least the way you describe the smell and the way it looks.

My only concern with your resin tests is that its not on a real paint job. Could do with having a spray primer, few layers of paint and then left for a couple of weeks.


Indeed, but as I mentioned, I can only work with what I've got available (hence the lack of "new" plastic to strip). The main point is that it doesn't damage the resin like the spray bottle Biostrip 20 or Dettol can.

Edited by Jolemai, 04 November 2017 - 10:38 AM.

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That is pretty impressive, might have to try it out! We had an unfortunate incident with a spray can and Smaug so I hope this will save him. 


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That is pretty impressive, might have to try it out! We had an unfortunate incident with a spray can and Smaug so I hope this will save him.


By all means, try it out in a small section and post up the results! If I were doing it I'd give it 30 minutes and scrub the paint off with a toothbrush under cold running water - it *shouldn't* affect enamel so maybe in the bath given Smaug's size?

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Oh yeah I will try it on a very small piece first haha think it was only on his main body section where it went funky. I'll come back when I try it out :) 


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Looks great on metal resin and finecast - would any more come away from the plastic?

 

If you are willing to sacrifice that 2nd ed marine (Appiah5, look away now), what would leaving him in for longer do? Damage the plastic?



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Looks great on metal resin and finecast - would any more come away from the plastic?

 

If you are willing to sacrifice that 2nd ed marine (Appiah5, look away now), what would leaving him in for longer do? Damage the plastic?

 

He was in it for almost eighteen hours total and the remaining dregs haven't eaten the takeaway tub I used (oops, knew I forget to do something) so I don't think it will be a problem. I've got some plastic sprues which I can leave around to test if you want?


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Nice! I had heard good things about this stuff, may have to move over to it when this batch of dettol dies.

Do you reckon you could leave the fluid in a jar and reuse a few times? 

 

It's very gloopy and you will use it up. Anything which falls off the model into the tub can be put back on and worked in but I wouldn't expect much "recycling". Once you scrub it it's no longer any use.


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Seems we have a replacement to the old Fairy finally, the results look very good. I think I'll be trying this on some models next chance I get to pop in to Wilko, great work Jole :tu:


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I can confirm, this is much much much better than using Dettol!

It as a mild smell (unlike dettol) and you can put a coat of it on and it doesn't need soaking in a container.

 

I've had great success stripping my old 18 year models and some I have recently purchased off ebay.

Some paints come off easier than others and often they come off in layers. My sprayed on Zandri Dust came off instantly, didn't even need to wait 10 minutes, but blacks tend to get a bit gloopy, but I found the same with dettol.

 

My strategy is to put on a coat, leave it a few minutes, and remove it taking off the majority of the paint, and then to apply a second fresh coat to remove any stubborn paint.

 

I have managed to successfully strip both plastic and metal models almost perfectly and they look as good as new.


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I've been using methylated spirits with good results, not tried it on resin though...

May have to grab a bottle of this for some failcast stripping.

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So a heads up, don’t leave it on overnight!

Plastic is a little bit wavy and the resin has gone a bit rubbery. An hour or two is fine though.

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all my vallhallans are stripped with this :)







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