Quoted from PinballAir:
Plenty of guys are quietly working in the background restoring old machines.
The spraymax 2k is perfect for this.
Been doing it for nearly 7 years, and if you want that on your EMs it works great but changes the game dynamics big time. Hard as nails when done, and looks great yet unoriginal when done right. There is no way around it, semi or gloss. I have tried, and wasted weeks working to get it just so. The product is what it is. On modern games SS and beyond its just a matter of being artful and having details in mind, and then clean and shoot. The rest is just rebuild and you have a game that is going to last a LONG time after that regarding being played a lot, abused, and not well maintained. Just depends on what you want to do, weekly cleaning on games on location (if you are a location operator) or once off cleaning, artwork touch ups, and shoot and never look back after putting it all back together. I'm on the page these days of doing less clear coats, and much more weekly maintainence or less as its in the end less time consuming, and ultimately you have to touch the games to know they are working (aka, play a few games once a week, and don't fall out of love with your hoard). If you are doing for the sake of it, well then money and time are not important.
Quoted from Arcane:
Acrylics paint by Liquitex are working perfectly, too. These are artist quality, and you should get the soft body for best results.
They can be found at Dick-Blick, Jerry Artrama and other art shops. Michael's may carry them but not always.
I have used them many times, under clear coat and they will last many decades without any alteration.
Agree completely, expensive but dense colors, mix well and of course work under 2K very well. Then the time to mix match is another ball of worms completely. Total time consumer, unless you hit it right with a good eye first time. I have made palettes of mixes containing 100s of mix 'drops' by ratio, and gotten close most times, hit it right sometimes, and of course the brain compensates for it if you get is close enough. Its a riot when you get a color from a bottle that matches, and that is the advantage you have by buying a TON of them, in fact all (I have about 400+ colors from various makers). Nuts, yes. Saves time on occasion, you bet.