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Hi guys, this might be a silly question...  I have these bezels that are already moulded in black that I was planning to paint.  Do you normally paint parts black if they're already black?   Can the eyes distinguish bare black plastic vs painted ones?  

 

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Hi crackerjazz

 

If the parts are hidden or very difficult to see, I might skip the painting. However, in most cases, I do prime/paint all of the parts even if they are already molded in the final color. I have found that if you skip the painting step, the part has a slightly different look and stands out from the other painted parts. It is usually a subtle difference, but I have found that the look of an unpainted/painted parts appear different even with the same clear overcoat. Coincidently, I am working on a kit right now that is molded in a nice, pure white but I am planning on giving it a gloss white overcoat so the overall look is consistent. 

Have fun modeling!

Mike

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Yes, I do. I am not sure how to describe it, but unpainted plastic, just looks like unpainted plastic.  However if it is painted well, with smooth, even paint, it looks so much better. 

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Yes I usually prime all the parts for painting even if they are moulded in the correct colour.
I made a model of a fire chiefs car once that I just gloss coated because the plastic body was nice, but then I had to paint the wheels, so they didnt match the body and I ended up painting the whole thing... But the body did look good with just a gloss coat over the top.

 

Bare plastic always looks like what it is.
 

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9 hours ago, Kurt H. said:

Yes, I do. I am not sure how to describe it, but unpainted plastic, just looks like unpainted plastic.  However if it is painted well, with smooth, even paint, it looks so much better. 

I don't disagree, but in this particular case aren't bezels sometimes plastic? Maybe you want to preserve the look.

 

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Oops, too late for that now, spejic.  They're covered in Mr. Color now.  The guys had a point about bare plastic looking like plastic.  But you have a good point, too.  These bezels are actually for a 1939 BF-110 panel.  I wonder if plastics were already used on aircraft parts at that time.

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In my early years of modeling, I left the plastic unpainted if it was the right color.  I would never do that now.  Plastic looks like plastic.  

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