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Offline Garanhir

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Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:01:57 PM »
Hi all, I'm based in the UK and I need a wire brush to help with prepping and stripping metal minis many being older lead-based. I want to make sure the surface is clean but I don't want to rip detail off. I'm conscious of budget.

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Offline HerbyF

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 09:56:19 AM »
I just use my old tooth brushes. Have plenty of them. They work just as good as any wire brush I used in the past, and don't mar the figure like wire brushes do.

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Offline MachinaMandala

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 11:33:04 AM »
No need for a soft wire brush.

Buy this: http://www.wilko.com/wallpaper-paste+preparation/wilko-paint-and-varnish-stripper-all-purpose-500ml/invt/0299049

Leave anything (DO NOT DO RESIN) in there for 30+ minutes and the paint will come off with a cheap toothbrush.

Offline MagpieJono

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 01:05:58 PM »
I'd be pretty wary about using a wire brush on old miniatures. Especially ones containing lead with it being quite soft. I've known old miniatures smooth off just from handling.

I second using an old toothbrush after a good soak in something nasty!

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2018, 11:14:31 PM »
Acetone bath, toothbrush while rinsing. No paint left, easy!
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Offline bishop odo

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018, 03:34:53 AM »
I use ultra fine steel wool, and I were latex gloves.  The steel wool polish metal, removes paint in the high spots, removes most scratches, but on plastic it removes those burs that files leave sometimes, giving you a nice transition that scraping can't do.

Offline dampfpanzerwagon

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 08:33:44 AM »
I use a small wire and nylon brush that is used by golfers to clean their balls. you can usually find them on e-bay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Golf-Cleaning-Brush-Durable-3-In-1-Club-Ball-Groove-Cleaner-Clean-Tool-W-Clip/302503141895?epid=863293159&hash=item466e97a207:g:uGsAAOSwZPZZ8xYF

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 11:42:03 PM »
I bought a 3 brush set from the dollar store - 1 with plastic bristles, one with brass and one with steel bristles. I use the brass one a lot to buff up the surface after removing flash/mold lines.
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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 10:22:50 PM »
I bought a 3 brush set from the dollar store - 1 with plastic bristles, one with brass and one with steel bristles. I use the brass one a lot to buff up the surface after removing flash/mold lines.

I use those, too, effective and dirt cheap!
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Offline vodkafan

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Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Decent Soft Wire Brush?
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 04:49:21 AM »
I tried a soft wire suede brush bought from a local cobbler. But actually it turned out inferior to a toothbrush for cleaning miniatures straight out of the Dip. And it also surprisingly didn't last long. So I would go with a toothbrush.
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