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Bones are slightly porous

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I have come up with a cunning plan to get some more painting done. It involves giving my 3 year olds son some models to paints whilst I paint my own.

In order not to ruin the models and be too expensive I let him use poster paints on them. These are then dropped into a bucket of water to wash them before the paint dries.

 

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Interestingly after washing a few of them I realised the red paint wasn't washing off. It looks like the bones material is slightly porous as the red paint seems to stain them here are a few examples.

 

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And here on a dragon.

 

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The models don't have a problem but no matter how much washing I do it won't clear. Has anyone else had this problem?

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People have noted that the material tends to stain, but it still paints over just fine.

I painted over one of them to check it was fine. I always prime the models so I start with an even colour as that helps me.

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Aren't Bones porous so they can hold paint better?

 

Anyway, have the kid paint everything black. That way, you have a head start on the undercoating! :D

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I like your plan. Sometimes I manage to get away with letting the little ones paint on paper or color. When I let them paint minis I ended up having to help them too much to get anything done myself.

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A dip in poster paint (maybe the brown? would soak in almost as well as the red?) to deliberately get that stain effect might make their detail a lot easier to photograph for Reaper's online store.

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I have noticed this also when I was playing around with stripping a bone to repaint it.

 

Ditto. The Simple Green took out everything except the high-pigment-ratio colors (red, blue, purple, and black).

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I'd invest in some Crayola washable paints. That way you don't have to worry too much about them drying. Unsure if they'd stain Bones, however.

 

Yeah, wasn't exactly your issue, but thought I'd throw it out there.

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I doubt the plastic is porous.

 

Many paints use dyes instead of pigments, and they can easily stain plastics.

 

Mostly it's because the paint is a cheap one. Dyes are prettier and brighter than pigments, on the whole, but less permanent.

 

But there are also proper pigments which are dye-based. Phtalo green and blue are, and they often stain not only plastics, but synthetic (plastic hair) paintbrushes as well.

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a handful of mine have an orange tint because of the sauce pan I used to boil them...

Mmm. Mmm.

 

Paprika, curry, or tomato sauce?

 

Tomato sauce.

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Does your son get mad when you destroy all his hard artistic works?

No, some models I wouldn't say he painted. He brushed a load of paint onto the face and then would drop them into the bucket after declaring they were finished. He did keep asking to use my paints so at some point I may have to live with some strange painted models!!

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