How to Remove Tamiya Acrylic Paint

If you’re a model enthusiast or even a hobbyist who enjoys tinkering with models, then you know that Tamiya acrylic paint is one of the best paints for your projects. However, despite its superior quality, it can be difficult to remove from surfaces if you make a mistake. Then by the demand of the situation, you need to learn how to remove Tamiya acrylic paint.

How to Remove Tamiya Acrylic Paint
Successfully removed tamiya acrylic paint

In this blog post, we will discuss the process exactly, which will cover everything from small spills on clothing and wooden furniture to large clumps of paint on walls and other materials. So let’s get started on learning an easy way to effectively remove any Tamiya acrylic mishaps.

Various Methods to Remove Tamiya Acrylic Paint

Option 1: Using Paint Thinner or Turpentine

One of the most common ways to remove acrylic paint is through a commercial paint thinner or turpentine, both of which are petroleum-based solvents. These solvents will dissolve the paint, allowing it to be wiped off with a cloth or rag.

Be sure to wear protective gloves when handling these chemicals, as they can be quite toxic. Also, make sure that your work area is well-ventilated, as solvents release fumes that can cause dizziness and headaches if inhaled in large quantities. It is recommended to use primer for Tamiya Acrylic paint. Priming doesn’t necessarily make the paint unremovable.

Option 2: Heat Gun or Hair Dryer Method

Using a heat gun or hairdryer is one of the most popular methods for removing Tamiya acrylic paint from models. The idea behind this method is that by applying sufficient heat to the painted surface, the bond between the plastic and paint will be weakened, thus allowing you to scrape away the paint with ease.

While this method may work well for some models, it should not be used on others as excessive heat could potentially damage them beyond repair. Therefore use caution when using this method, as its effectiveness depends on the material of your model kit.                                                            

Option 3: Soaking in Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover is also effective for removing paints from models due to its strong solvent properties, which make it capable of dissolving most types of paints, including Tamiya acrylics.

Simply apply some of the removers to a cotton swab and gently rub it over the area where you want to remove the paint. Don’t press too hard, as this could damage the plastic.

Using nail polish remover to remove paint
Using nail polish remover to remove paint

To make sure that the nail polish remover does not damage your kit material before use, test it in an inconspicuous spot first, then if all goes well, proceed with soaking your entire piece in nail polish remover until the paint stains have gone completely. Safety gear should be worn during this process

Option 4: Use Rubbing Alcohol

Another effective way of removing Tamiya acrylic paint is by using rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol). Pour some rubbing alcohol into a cup or bowl and dip a cotton swab into it before applying it to your model’s painted surface.

Using rubbing alcohol to remove paint
Using rubbing alcohol to remove paint

Wait for about 10 seconds before wiping off the excess liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel. Repeat until all of the paint has been removed.

Option 5: Use Soap & Water

For minor mistakes like smudges or small splotches of paint, soap & water can do wonders at removing them without causing damage to your model’s underlying plastic material! Simply mix dish soap with lukewarm water in a bowl and dip a cloth into it before dabbing at the affected area on your model until all traces of paint have been removed from its surface.

Do Hand Sanitizers Remove Tamiya Acrylic Paint?

This is a tricky question to answer, as it really depends on the variety of paint and hand sanitizer you are using. Tamiya acrylic paints come in water-based, solvent-based, and lacquer varieties – all with different properties that require a different approach to cleaning up.

Ultimately, if you have used water-based paint, then a hand sanitizer is unlikely to remove it. In contrast, if you have used lacquer or solvent-based paint, they can often be removed by common household alcohol-based cleaners such as hand sanitizers.

Be sure to check the product labels on both the paint and the cleaner before use to ensure that they are safe for each other. Even if the two products can be mixed safely together, make sure to perform tests in an inconspicuous location before committing to wider removal efforts.

Does White Vinegar Remove Tamiya Acrylic Paint?

Removing acrylic paint, such as Tamiya Acrylic Paint, can be an intimidating task for any DIYer. But there’s a reliable and cost-effective solution that you may already have in your pantry: white vinegar. White vinegar is comprised of acetic acid, which has been found to be effective in removing acrylic paint from many surfaces.

But, caution is still advised when using white vinegar on painted surfaces. Depending on what surface is being treated, it may need to be tested on an inconspicuous area first before applying the vinegar to the entire area.

Also, make sure to use white distilled vinegar and not balsamic or any other type of vinegar that might contain added ingredients that could cause damage to any finish or surface treatment.


Removing Tamiya acrylic paints from surfaces doesn’t have to be difficult! With this guide in hand, you’ll have no problem tackling even the toughest of clean-up jobs with ease. Whether you opt for commercial thinners/turpentines, water-based solvents, or just plain old soap and water, you’ll find success in achieving perfectly painted models every time. So get out there and start painting. Good luck.