At last, a water-based paint remover that REALLY works!
Biostrip is a revolutionary new range of water-based products, specifically designed for all aspects of paint removal. The range includes paint and artex strippers, graffiti removal products, textured paint remover and wheel stripper. The Biostrip range has proven performance and is comparable with traditional solvent-based technology.
The wonderful team over at Biostrip have given me the chance to review one of their top products.
To start with, here is the info on the Biostrip paint stripper direct from the site.
BIOSTRIP 20 ™ is a revolutionary new paint stripper that is safer for both the user and the environment. It is suitable for use in the home by the DIY enthusiast and also for large industrial applications as an alternative to Methylene Chloride based products.
Product Benefits include:
- Water-based - no losses due to evaporation, non flammable, odour free, solvent free, VOC free
- Non Toxic - safer for the user and the environment
- Non Caustic - Does not darken wood, pH neutral, does not cause burns
- Thixotropic (thickened) solution - Clings to vertical surfaces - no drips or runs, hence no waste, Economical in use.
- Does not give off hazardous or noxious fumes - ventilation not required. Suitable for use indoors or in confined spaces
- Non Irritant
- All wood types
- All metals, including alloys
- Plastered surfaces
- Most plastics (test a small area before use)
- Polyester and epoxy powder coatings
- Water based coatings
- Primers, including aerospace primers
- Chrome containing primers
- Oil based paints
- Wood stains
After speaking with a rep at Biostrip, I had a parcel arrive at the door.
A sample bottle of Biostrip 20
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Before trying it out I did the sensible thing. Read the instructions.
According to the bottle you apply liberally all over the surface then leave for 30-60 mins. After that you wash or scrub the surface to remove the paint.
To make sure I tested it one a variety of different substances, I picked out 4 models.
1 GW metal, 1 GW plastic, 1 Heroclix plastic and 1 Heroclix clear plastic. I didn't try resin to start with as I couldn't find a spare resin bit anywhere.
Following the instructions I covered them with the Biostrip using an old paint brush.
1 hour later, I took the model to the sink and brushed off all the Biostrip with an old tooth brush.
And what did I find?
The metal Chaos Marine used to be an Ultrmarine. It didn't remove all the paint but there were some very heavy layers on there.
The plastic Marine had most of the paint removed. With absolutely NO loss of detail or damage to the plastic. That's a win in my book already. It also removed some of the glue which is why some bits are now missing.
The Heroclix figures were barely touched. I don't know if it was the paint or the plastic but something didn't work. I'm sorry Heroclix users but looks like you will have to stick to quick acetone.
Time for test number 2.
I kept with the 2 Marines from the first test to see if I could get any more paint off.
Then added another 2 figures. A plastic Imperial Guardsman and another heavily painted Marine.
Another liberal slap of the Biostrip over all of them and I was ready to test again.
But this time I decided to try it out for longer than the bottle suggested. An entire 24hours!
This could go badly wrong.
Using acetone to strip minis before I have often left them over night so the time frame wasn't too bad.
The next afternoon came around and it was time to see if the paint was gone. Or even if the models had gone!
I will show them this time separately
The metal marine had very minimal traces of colour left in the deepest recesses. But apart from that, the rest of the paint had gone. The end result was better than any I have had with acetone.
Plastic Marine from test 1. Small sections of colour where there was glue but on the plastic itself it was all gone. With absolutely no loss of detail or damage.
Plastic Marine from overnight test.
This model had LOTS of black spray and paint to start with. After stripping the blacks did leave some stain on the plastic. The paint though had gone. All this would need is another shot of undercoat and you would never know it had been painted and stripped.
The Imperial Guard from the overnight test.
All I can say for this one is 100% success!
No paint, no staining and no damage what so ever.
At the end of these test I was VERY impressed with the Biostrip. Although it didn't clear the paint after an hour, it does say on the bottle that if there's any paint left you should do it again.
My advice would be to leave it overnight in the first place. Great results from that.
I would have to give this a final score of 9 out of 10
It would have been a 10 if the bottle didn't say 30-60mins.
I didn't pay for this bottle so cant really comment on the price but looking at the Biostrip Site (link)Warhammer army or large Warmahordes force no problem.
I still have LOADS left after doing the above minis a couple of times.
Biostrip do a range of other products as well. So if you need to strip textured game boards of the poop deck of you ship, they have something that can do the job.
What do you think of the paint stripper?
Are there any other materials you would like to see it tested on? (Privateer Press plastic, Black Scorpion resin etc)
Is it something you would buy and test out?
I have now posted a second part to this review. Testing the stripper on different plastics and resins.
You can find it >>HERE<<
Set up another 24 hour test with different plastics and resins as people have requested