The kit had a paint job that came out less than desired. So I stripped the paint using Simple Green de-greaser. I soaked the model and its components for 3 days and then scrubbed some of the tough spots with an old tooth brush. There is some underlying staining from the primer I used, but for the most part the paint came off pretty well.
The model was then washed with soap and water and allowed to air dry. Here it is ready to paint. I just need to order some new AFV club rubber band tracks.