I use commercial paint stripper, using an old toothbrush - and just as with brushing your teeth, itís advisable not to do too much of a back-and-forth motion, which can easily break small parts, but rather to try to work the bristles into the nooks and crannies, and then wash the resulting gook away with water.
I usually have to apply the stripper 3 or 4 times before the bulk of the paint is gone. I also find, though, that the ease with which paint comes off depends very much on the individual model; sometimes it peels away quite easily, other times it can be tough as old boots.
Iíll finish up (and work on any difficult spots) with super glue remover that I get from my local hobby shop. Like paint stripper, itís caustic, and breathing mask and gloves are advised.
I know it's been discussed before... but I can't find it.
What is the best cleaner for removing paint from castings? I seem to recall that Simple Green is highly thought of. I also recall that brake fluid is not as well thought of any more, due to chemical changes to suit modern brakes. Lacquer thinner was another choice, but requires excellent ventilation -- and it dissolves plastic. I also recall a Polly S product that worked well, but they are no longer in business... :( Are there others I'm missing that I should be considering? A quick note on what you prefer (and why) would be greatly appreciated!