This chalky bay Clydesdale Stallion looks ordinary from this side...
But from this side, you can see there's something peculiar under that bay paint.
Here's a close up of the chipped spot on his rump revealing the original woodgrain paintjob underneath. You can just see the white layer of paint in between the woodgrain and bay paint.
Here's a better shot of the layers of paint on this model. The bay paint has rubbed away revealing the white basecoat, the basecoat has been chipped to reveal the woodgrain paintjob underneath, and the woodgrain paint is a bit rubbed, too, showing the creamy colored plastic underneath that.
The white basecoat paint is cracking and lifting in various places on this model, so I think it didn't adhere well to the topcoat Breyer put over the woodgrain finish. The paint in the chipped area on the rump is very fragile and flaky, and if I wanted, it would be easy to peel it away to reveal more of the woodgrain paintjob. If it were a particularly rare woodgrain, I might be tempted, but even in this beat up condition, I think my Clyde is much more interesting as is. He's a weird and wonderful piece of Breyer history.
Other hobbyists have tried to strip painted-over-decorators with varying success. Collector Karen Hoagland found a chalky bay Running Mare that had been painted over a Gold Charm, and because the white basecoat didn't stick well to the gloss, she was able to easily peel away the bay paint revealing the decorator underneath.
|Chalky bay Running Mare with some of the paint removed (neck) revealing|
the Gold Charm paint underneath. (Photo courtesy of Karen Hoagland)
|Chalky bay Running Mare with nearly all of the bay paint stripped except on her face, |
legs, mane, and tail. (Photo courtesy of Karen Hoagland)
|The chalky bay paint pulled away in strips although it did take a layer of |
gold with it. (Photo courtesy of Karen Hoagland)
|(Photo courtesy of Sande Schneider)|