Dealing with color bleed-through from colored plastics.
I hate when a nice kit comes out , but it's molded in a colored plastic. I have an orange kit I'm about to do, and I know the orange pigment will bleed through into what ever color I choose..
I have found accidently years ago, that if I primer the plastic pieces, the primer will absorb a majority of the color pigment that normally bleeds into your paint color, and you can tell if the pigment has bled because the color of the primer changes. Then I put the pieces in my favorite paint stripper, I like brake fluid, long enough for the primer to be removed along with the pigment. I usually do this twice to make sure all the pigment is gone.
The second time of doing this will also tell you if their is still pigment there because, as I said before the pigment always goes into the primer and changes the primers color slightly like the first time, but it should be much lighter or hopefully no pigment at all.
Some guys will use a different technique by priming the body and then using a silver spray paint as a barrier coat to stop the bleed through, which works, but that tends to be too much paint and the details are affected.
Anyway, just another option to deal with these sometimes "pesky issues".
Colored plastic always add's another demension to trouble shooting.
If there are other idea's please post them here as we all need as many options as possible.
Have fun all .
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