Here is a little "Technique" for removing printing precisely and cheaply.
All you need is an ordinary pencil eraser. You don't have to apply anything before or after and it doesn't leave scratches or marks. Just rub the print you wish to remove with the eraser, just like you were rubbing out pencil.
It's best for removing small print. Anything larger than a minifig head or torso takes some elbow grease.
Fun trick to combine with this: use regular, desk drawer, cellophane tape (aka Scotch Tape) to cover up the parts you absolutely do not want to erase. I've done this a few times and it's much better than trying to eyeball your edges.
my thoughts exactly morgan... lol.... on the plus side i HATE brasso'ing heads, and i need to do about 30+ tonight for some new projects...
also need to clear off some torso's still... for small jobs i think this is much better way to do things, however, i'm wondering for larger jobs if it's as quick? and how many erasers will you have to go through? 1 bottle of brasso for $4 at walmart lasts me for months.... how much do pencil erasers cost?? i haven't bought erasers since back in highschool ... over 14 years ago... lol
Well, like he said, it's not as effective on larger areas... and people tend to have erasers laying around at home, work, or school that can be commandeered for this purpose - instead of going out and buying Brasso. For windscreens I'm pretty sure this is a less effective method.
As I have said before, ANY micro abrassive will work. That is all you are using with the eraser. There is another trick out there, but it is more expensive. I am hessitant to mention it, because I know people will get upset over the cost. Anyway, there is a series of professional grade sand papers that start at 1500 grit and go to 18,000 grit in 9 incremental steps. If you use these in the correct stepping you end up with sub-MICRON scratches. This means, you would be HARD pressed to see these scratches with a microscope. They leave a beautiful shine to the element with no residue.
But as I have mentioned they are expensive, the 9 piece of commercial grade sand paper in a package deal are ~$40.00
Can we speak about time? How long do you have to erase the print before it is gone? A couple of seconds? Or several minutes? Or even longer than 10 minutes? With brasso I need at least 3 minutes continuous rubbing before the print is as good as vanished.