Okay, so... this whole mad little project began with the reasonably innocuous plan to turn a MP SS into Thundercracker...yes, I know he's not BLUE blue... but I figured with some small recolorations, it would be close enough to make me happy once USA MP SS comes out. (At least until Takara releases their own MP TC, at which point I will feel stupid.) Here is a quickie digibash presenting my intended design: Y'see, nothing really difficult (in theory...), just stripping some of the blue, and adding a few black and silver apps. Easy, right? But then came experimentation time. I completely disassembled MP SS and tried applying paint to non-visible interior parts to test my favorite types of assorted colorant, and I've come to a frightening conclusion: Almost nothing I've tried seems to stick to the plastic MP SS is made of! I cleaned off all the blue paint with isopropyl alcohol, and tested some pieces of bare plastic with either Plastikote vinyl dye or Tamiya spray paint (with acetone) which are my two favorite paints. I love the results provided by vinyl dye, but this plastic won't take it. It's too dense, the dye coat just peels right off. Not ENTIRELY surprising, I've seen that much happen before. But strangely enough, the same goes for the Tamiya paint -- the plastic is apparently resistant to acetone, so the paint isn't absorbed by the plastic. Two solid test coats and day and a half of curing, and the paint still peels right off. This is frightening because these two options have served me flawlessly in the past, helping me create customs that were both slick-looking and impossibly chip-proof...but they seem to be failing miserably here! The thing is, I've seen people make customs from MP SS, so I know it's possible...but here's the 20,000$ question: What are people using to customize him? Does anyone have any other suggestions outside of boiled RIT or recasting? Dye promoter? Anything? I'm really getting frustrated, and although I'm not yet ready to admit defeat, I'd like to find a better-adhering solution than what I've tried so far, since part of my design philosophy is that a custom figure should be as close to factory durability as possible, without mincing around the transformation for fear of chipping paint. I turn to your vast collective knowledge pool, sirs! Any suggestions? Thanks!