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Angelus sells a "neutral" dye which is the dye with no pigment, it is used for exactly what you are describing, thinning the dye out for more translucent effects. As always, practice on some test pieces, dye is always unpredictable in how it interacts with different materials.
I'm not sure, if they have a shiny finish, then you may want to deglaze them still. If it is a matte finish, then the paint might hold fine.Nail polish remover is mostly acetone, but also has other junk in it like fragrances and stuff to make it less harsh on your hands, it might work in a pinch, but not ideal. If you have a farm and ranch store or a little hardware store around you I'm sure they'll sell it, but I don't know how rural you are. ;)
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