My first custom was going ahead of schedule. I sprayed it in Gunmetal Grey. All it needed was some polishing and sanding to achieve a mirror-smooth like the hood of this 1/43 R33. Just had to be careful and not burn through the paint like the R33's roof.

Has a few layers of primer, paint, and clear coat. Also spent some time at 150°F in the toaster oven. Looking good on it’s own. All the panel line details are still there.

I did some light sanding on the hood and it got better. That’s until I did some light 400 grit work on the side and burned through the paint while sanding. Oops.

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Not only that, but I found out that the paint easily comes off

All you need is a fingernail and it comes right off smoothly.

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Anyone know what the problem is? Three things I would note are the surface of the diecast is very smooth and the primer peels right off, I shoved this in the freezer and the primer feels particularly flaky, and I may have just rushed everything before the paint cured. I feel like the first two possibilities may be more of the culprit.

Now I’m stuck with this shiny bare-metal 180SX again.

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My other bare metal zamacs aren’t even this shiny.

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In my next attempt, I don’t think I’ll sand something this small. Just some Scratch and Swirl remover paste and some carnauba wax.