Big things with little cars

Lambs to the Pine-Sol Slaughter Part 4. The beauty is in the details.

It’s still a bit too cold for me to start painting. I may have to wait until it’s officially spring before I construct a mini-paintbooth in my non-heated garage. That doesn’t bother me. It seems that cold winter days are best spent gazing into a jar of Pine-Sol, watching the paint flake away from little cars. <3

And yeah... I can’t get enough of this. I absolutely love stripping these cars down to the bare metal and admiring all the intricate details that are more obvious without the paint. There is a terrific beauty to some of these cars once you take away the layers of paint and tampos.

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8 Cars so far... Three more soaking in the Pine-Sol bath. I also want to point out that I have been re-using the same jar over and over for these cars. I simply pull the chassis out with a pair of needle nose pliers. After three weeks of soaking cars, the cleaner is still doing a good job. No need to dump it down the drain each time. Money well spent if you ask me.

This Europa was a SAD sight before removal of all the paint. Looks like I missed a little above the driver’s side window.

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Look at the outer rings to the headlamps! Great details you do not see when the cast is covered in paint. Remarkable.

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Pretty hard to get all the paint out of the grille on this one. I will attack it with a thumbtack or needle eventually.

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This makes me so sad. Not only did this redline Mercury Cyclone have the worst tampo job known to mankind. The cast itself is horrid. So many nooks, lines, blemishes. This one is going to take a bunch of sanding to make worthy of a repaint. But, I will make it look nice. Anything is better than the awful paintjob it already had.

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Look at that rear end... not smooth at all.

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The Lesney Unimog... so far... is a nightmare to remove paint from. Too many corners and cracks that are difficult for my toothbrush and tools to reach. It may need a second bath. I was delighted, however, to see that under all that paint there is “Unimog” on the front of the truck. I never knew that detail existed. <3

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Great level of detail!

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Datsun truck took a bath and came out looking pretty sharp. I like the rivet caves for the extended fenders. Nice touch.

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The Lesney Lincoln Continental stripped pretty easy. This will eventually have a pretty slick black paintjob.

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Oops... missed a spot.

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