Just doing the final touches on three babies and it seems the more I bake the more faded my colours become. My creases all almost gone in some spots. All I had left was nails!! UGH!!! Anyone know why? Same temp, same time, same paint and thinners
Sorry, don’t really know, there’s a lot of theories about this though. I got very fed up with that happening. I switched to air dry and I have heard that they can do that also??? Try sealing the kit with a thin layer matte sealer and bake, then begin you painting, suppose to help.
Thanks -I am trying that now. If it doesn’t help I will finish with air dry.
I use air dry and have this happen on a regular basis. I can leave my kits for a few days, then come back and have to do extra washes and creases again… It seems to be more based on the kit than anything else because I’m no doing anything different with the paint.
I had this happen to me on some test limbs (I’m glad they were only testers!) and discovered that, for me, increasing the temperature and decreasing the bake time solved my problem. Maybe mess around with it on some testers and see if the same thing works for you?
@DollyPardon, what kind of air dry paint do you use? I haven’t had this happen but now I’m getting nervous.
I am pretty sure it is some vinyls that for some reason do that. I had it happen with some of the very pale BB kits.
This thread is informative. I did not know fading could happen with GHSP. Like DollyPardon, I have also had some air dry babies fade and others not even when I painted the same way. Now that I think about it they were the really pale soft vinyl. The fading has not happened since I changed brands of paint and learned how to use mediums and additives better, but I had thought it was an air dry thing. I do seal before I paint, but beyond that I wonder what I could do?
Right now I’m mostly using babyfx still, @jeanhai. I may switch up colors and details, but I pretty much paint the same way each time, so I’ve ruled that out as the problem. You’d notice it right away… like put your stuff away for the day, come back the next and wonder where the heck your paint went. As of now, it seems as @ludmila says… really pale BB kits seem to be eating paint.
Edited to add… they seem to eat the paint that you want to keep. Just checked my WIP babies who I tried to paint a newborn red. They still look sunburnt and need a green wash. Oh the irony.
The doll I’m working on now is eating the paint. Seems like no matter what I do, I can’t get Josie to a normal baby color! Also the forearms just refuse to take mottling at all.
Exactly the problem I was having! I tried the matte varnish and I got 2 more layers done but now it is stuck again.
Would sealing before you paint help do you think? Or did you do that?
Putting a light varnish over the vinyl first seems to help.
I use Genesis and I have some jars that I bought some 7 years ago, so it is definitely not the paints.
You just have to put layer after layer, and eventually, some of the color will stay.