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I’m pretty sure it was enamel. I don’t normally need to strip old figures because I’m a brilliant painter and filthy rich. I’m only doing this to see how poor people live.

On a more serious note, I’ve used Nitro on metal. It only needs a small amount and I use my trusty spray mask and handle the toys with tongs. It’s been years since I did this, but somebody kindly gave me some old Hinchliffes and they deserve to see action again. Dettol sounded a lot easier!

Andrew – did your mum put diluted dettol in a bowl for you to be sick in? Perhaps too much information…

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