Well this is no white washed series of posts, you get the success along with the failures...
Painting the apron, shooter guide and the flippers should be a walk in the park, I've done it several times before without a problem. All you have to do is lay out the graphics in Photoshop, cut vinyl with the Circut, mix Createx colors, paint and then pull the masking off and bask in the glory of beautiful pinball excellence. Yeah, its worked out that way several times in the past but NOT TODAY.
I did all of the fiddley stuff mentioned above and got all of the masking in place, mixed the paints, painted the graphics and then pulled off the masking. That's where things started to go South. You may recall that I mentioned that I didn't do my usual high build primer under the color coat because I picked up a paint and primer all in one product? Well some of that beautiful white paint lifted up with the vinyl so I was left with some bare metal spots. This wasn't the usual crappy paint under primer that fails but paint and primer in one failing on clean bare metal. This is bad.
I then proceeded to mask off the colors, filled the pits with Createx white and then shot the whole thing with more Rustoleum white. Why did I use the crappy paint? I'll answer that with another question, "what's the hardest color to mix?" At least for me it's white because there are so many varieties (just check out byou local paint department if you don't believe me) and if you are off by just a little bit in terms of hue and saturation, it looks horrible.
The end result was pretty good and I'll seal the whole job in with clear coat once it sits and cures for a week or two. Cue the Darth Vader Soundtrack "Rustoleum Paint and Primer, you have failed me for the last time!"
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