Want to clear the printing off of a torso so you can apply your own design decal or simply clear off a SW print from a canopy or other element? This tutorial will guide you through how to safely remove patterns from decorated LEGO elements.
Materials you will need:
- Printed LEGO element
- Cotton swabs
- Old washcloths
- Small bowl
- Hydrogen Peroxide (or rubbing alcohol)
Lay the printed element on one of the washcloths. Apply a bit of Brasso to the printed surface. In the States, Brasso can be found at any home improvement store.
One method you can use involves "erasing" the printing with a cotton swab. Press the cotton swab into the applied Brasso and rub back and forth until the printing disappears.
As a general rule, it takes about 15 second to remove each area of print.
Once the print is removed, wipe away the residual Brasso with a washcloth.
Soak the torso for a couple of hours (or overnight, if you have the time) in a solution of 8 parts water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide (or rubbing alcohol). In the States hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol can be found at any pharmacy or grocery store and water can be found in the faucet.
If the pattern printed on the element is more detailed you can use a different method. Again, apply a bit of Brasso directly to the printed surface.
This method requires a bit of force, so hold the piece with one hand and use a washcloth to rub the piece with the other hand.
Rub in one direction for about 15 seconds.
More elaborate prints may require you to hold the piece at different angles. Turn the piece and rub it again in a different direction for 15 seconds...
... until the pattern has completely disappeared.
This is why you want to use an old washcloth. The print rubs off onto the material you use to remove the pattern.
Once the elements have soaked in the solution for an adequate amount of time (2-4 hours) you can drain the water and dry the elements. Use an old washcloth or paper towel to dry the elements and remove any residual amounts of Brasso that may still remain.