Customs: What's the best paint for plastic?

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  1. red4

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    Jin Saotome (John Mallamas) suggested that I buy Model Master Acrylics, which I did. But they all tend to scratch off of plastic way too easily. I want something that's a lot more durable like the kind of paint used for tampographing.
     
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    Did you:

    a) Prep the surface for painting
    b) prime
    c) allow ample cure time between coats
    d) clear coat

    I ask because I have good results with MM acrylics.
    Some folks swear by enamels, but I believe steps a-d still apply:thumbs2: 
     
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    This is true.
     
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    I did A and C, but not B and D. I don't even know what kind of primer to use; and I figure priming only makes joints stiffer (or makes the paint even more susceptible to chipping when the joint its applied to moves). On top of that, adding a clear coat, by my assumptions, makes that problem even worse - adding layers on layers over a joint.
     
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    Well, depending on the paint you use(I will get scolded for this I know) you do not need to prime it. Primer for cars is to help smooth the surface after body work. That is why most of it get sanded off. But if you prep your surface right (I clean it with non-acetone nail polish remover) you have a nice clean smooth surface. I only recommend that with enamels and urethanes.
     

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