Hoping to get some advice to improve the paint finish on my painted figures. My finish is just not very good! First my process: 1 - Disassemble figure, removing screws and as many pins as possible 2 - Lightly sand parts with fine sandpaper (1500-2000) to improve surface for paint adhesion 3 - Wash parts in warm soapy water and dry thoroughly 4 - Prime using automotive Primer (for bumpers and plastic parts) decanted from a spray tin and left for 24 hrs to outgas. Primer looks like a lacquer or potent acrylic (no-name brand so can't tell ingredients) Priming and painting done with decent quality airbrush and compressor. Primer has excellent paint adhesion 5 - Lightly sand surface where necessary to remove dust/rough surface from primer 6 - Paint with Tamiya Acrylics - this is where the problems start to occur. The flat acrylics are great, produce a clean smooth surface (see flat blue/grey piece attached) Some of the gloss paints seem to produce more of a matt/flat texture (see "gloss" purple piece attached) while other gloss (esp red and black) seems to produce a mixed gloss/matt effect - almost looks like some of the paint is still wet even days later, though it's perfectly dry (see "gloss" red piece attached). I use the acrylics pretty much out of the bottle, may thin with a mix of 2/3 Demin water to 1/3 Isoprop alc, but for the most part spray as is. Use around 20psi on compressor. Go for several light coatings. 7 - Allow up to a week to dry. Top coat with Future (again several light coats). Allow week to dry/cure. At that point the finish is better, but you can still see the same mixed gloss/matt effect. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to thin the paint more? or lower the pressure on my compressor? Is this the dreaded orange-peel effect I've heard about? How do I avoid it? I'm almost at the point of just adding Tamiya Flat base to the gloss paints and painting everything matt!! I've tried a different primer - Vallejo airbrush primer but the surface affect is the same plus the paint peels/flakes off a lot more easily. Any advice would be appreciated.