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How do I remove the print from a LEGO® part?
From Nick Chauvin: !
By using various grades of automotive sandpaper and Blue Magic metal polish. I buy it in the automotive section at Wal-Mart. This may not work as well on translucent, as even though you get the surface to tactilely and reflectively be the same, it may still be a bit fogged.
Begin by sanding away all of the offending paint with 800 grit; sanding in one direction to minimize scratches. Do not sand too hard, or else corners on canopies will become rounded.
After all the paint is gone, switch to 1000 grit, and sand in a circular motion until the previous scratches are gone. Use 2000 grit sandpaper in the same manner as the 1000 grit.
At this point you should have a smooth dull surface. Apply a few drops of the Blue Magic metal polish to the part and buff it in using a piece of an old t-shirt. Use the metal polish in a ventilated area because it contains ammonia. After four of five applications of polish the surface should shine like a brand new piece.
From Craig Hamilton: !
Brasso metal polish works like magic to remove pre-printed images from lego parts without a trace. It is a very fine abrasive and will remove the paint very slowly, but your patience will be rewarded.
From Craig Hamilton: !
To do selective removals, use a very sharp blade to literally scrape off the re-printed image. Use the same rules and technique as shaving. Move it in clean, light strokes, keeping the strokes in one direction.
From Alexander Ericson:
There is a much, much easier way to remove print from a lego piece than any that Ive heard before. It involves no sandpaper, no shaving, and no Brasso.
Simply take a piece of white Sculpey Brand Original Scupley, knead it for a few minutes to soften it up, then firmly place it over the print that you want to remove. Wait a few minutes, then remove the clay. Im not entirely sure how this works, but I presume that the plasticizers in the clay eat away at the print. Take a bit of rubbing alcohol and wipe off the clay/print remants. If any print remains, repeat process.
I accidentally stumbled upon this process while I was trying to make a mold of a minifig head. After failing at this task, I removed the clay cast, only to find that there was clay stuck to the face. I wiped it off with my thumb, only to find that I had taken the face with it!
Original Sculpey is a low-quality polymer clay, as far as sculpting goes. It comes in bricks of 1.75 pounds, in white or terra-cotta.
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