first of all, all credit goes to davidlopan for his amazing work of one of these which is shown on transformersclassics.com. I loved the look, and thought it does so much for the mold and the way it looks. I just really didn't like the white. however, unlike his, I kept all of the original paint apps for the detailing. I liked them the way they were and didn't want to paint over them at all. unfortunately, what that did was make it really hard to paint up to the edges of the other colors without going over them. I've always been horrible with masking tape, and the reason why the neon pink/red looks the way it does is because my grey paint bled/was sucked up by the masking tape, and I had to try my best to get it off without removing the original paint. yes, it was a pain. do I think it looks stellar? nope. but this was the best I could do. the other problem I have is that this particular paint (tamiya german grey) is non-glossy, and I've noticed that while most of their paints are hard as a rock, if it's a non-glossy paint, it scratches right off. I had to do touch-ups every time I took pictures in a different mode. I don't want to clear coat it because I don't want a glossy shine to it. I'm also afraid that any of the so-called flat coats (I've never actually seen them for sale) might make this paint run. so I'd appreciate any suggestions as to what to do to make the paint a bit more durable.