Primed FUD Akagi a couple of years ago, just began painting this weekend.Unfortunately, I must not have cleaned well enough, because when I peeled up some of the "Jammydog" tape, it peeled up every bit of paint aft of the conning tower like a cheap sticker... Super-frustrating. Picture after trying to wash the rest of the paint off:
I was able to scrape the rest down, wash with soap and water and start again. Properly clean your models, kids!
I bath my FUD units in rubbing alcohol in my ultrasonic scrubber (they're pretty inexpensive; just get one that has a long tub for your Essex class ships...).
I just picked up an ultrasonic scrubber. Based on the quality instructions it came directly from China. It came with a warning not to use flamable liquids in it. Obviously I'm not planning on using gasoline, but rubbing alcohol (70%) comes with a flamability rating.
Have you had issues before? I'm leary of trying since I've never used an untrasonic scrubber before.
Gulp! I got the idea from someone on the Shapeways forums and I admit I didn't see any warnings on mine (but I also admit I didn't look for them). I've probably used it 100 times with the rubbing alcohol and I've never had an issue.
After reading that article, it makes total sense. If the transducer fails and it shoots all of that electrical energy into the solution, then I could see a problem. "Again, fireballs are considered poor work-place hygiene."...unless you're a wizard.
I usually run it in the bathroom with the exhaust fan running in 3-minute increments. After 3 minutes, the alcohol is barely above room temperature, but certainly warm enough to tell...I haven't measured it, but it's probably in the 80-90 F range. By the time I get the first set of units rinsed off and onto the drying rack, the solution is back to room temp.
Usually, Murphy's Law rules this house, so I'm surprised I haven't had a fireball yet. I guess I'm going to have to switch to warm water and Dawn or whatever dish soap...thanks for the heads up on my dangerous lifestyle!