The version 2.0 of the MG Hyaku-Shiki was finally released.
First of all, the kit itself comes in a semi-gloss gold coating (or painting, whichever makes sense). To my very surprise, the quality of the factory gold was very good, and it actually looked much better than those old super gloss gold coatings.
I decided to remove all the existing gold coating and paint it with my favorite metallic gold from Alclad. As much as I appreciate Bandai's new semi-gloss gold, it just does not compare with the quality of the custom painted gold.
I cut all the gold pieces from the runners, sanded & polished them, and put them under Clorox bleach for 3-4 days. Most of the painting was dissolved gradually except from few small deep areas. I managed to remove remaining layer of coating completely from those areas with T-01m thinner from Gaia color.