How to achieve professional glossy paint job on my NES?

I want to achieve a really great gloss finish on my NES, but I'm not sure the best way to do so. For the most part the NES is completely smooth, but has very minor textures on it . I'm also not sure if there is a particular type of gloss paint that would work better to achieve the results I'm looking for while working with ABS plastic. I've included photos of the results I'd like to achieve.

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Burf3 years ago

The basics:

#1 Preparation. Disassemble the unit as much as possible. Buy compatible primer, color coat and clear coat enamel or lacquer paints. Lightly wet sand all of the surfaces to be painted with 400 grit wet or dry sand paper. Thoroughly clean after sanding, rinse in clear water when possible. When completely dry, mask off those areas you don't want painted using a good quality, easy release masking tape.

#2 Painting. Use a primer coat first, if required, sand, clean and rinse. Apply several light coats of the color coat until the paint coverage is uniform, allowing each coat to dry about 10 to 15 minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer. Wet sand the color coat with 2000 grit wet or dry until the entire surface is smooth and defect free. Again, clean and then rinse with clear water where possible.

#3 Clear coat. Apply clear coat safe decals, if used. Be sure to remove any finger prints or body oils on the decals or painted surface before clear coat is applied. Rubbing alcohol on a soft cotton cloth usually works best, but test to make sure it won't harm the color coat or the clear coat first.

Apply several light coats of clear coat allowing 10 to 15 minutes, or as recommended by the manufacturer, between each coat. Apply enough clear coat to blend the edges of any decals to the finish surface. Begin wet sanding with 2000 grit wet or dry and work up progressively to 8000 grit. Buff with an appropriate buffing compound. Then wax polish with a good high gloss polish.

#4 Practice First. Try it several times on something disposable, until you feel confident, then give it a go.

This is for spray paint use, I use auto paint. As far as putting on alot of coats of clear to blend in the decals, it wont work too well. You will always have a hump from a decal, and if you try to sand/block down the decals the edges will sand off and look terrible.

Mirksy (author)  Burf3 years ago

Thanks this helps a lot!

First of all the pictured units are not painted. They used a vinyl decal to cover them. At least the top of the units and any other areas with the images and Nintendo logo are a vinyl decal. Everything else was likely painted.

If your not going to use a spray paint made for plastic like Krylon's Fusion then you'll want to sand the surface a bit with 150 to 200 grit sand paper so the paint has something to hold onto. Either way a light sanding helps. Spray your first coat and let it set according to the instructions on the can. Give a light sanding with 200 to 400 grit paper. Wipe clean with a damp rag and apply the next coat. Repaet this process 3 or 4 more times. Should leave you with an excelent smooth finish. Then you can top it off with a high gloss clear coat to help protect it.

While all good suggestions, none of the responses here are close to how I achieve it. If the OP would have messaged me personally I would be happy to give some info.

Yes the units are completely painted, the Mega Man one used decals. That's what that customer wanted. The Zelda is airbrushed in. Nintendo logo is not a decal, but painted on as well. I'm not sure how one could think a vinyl decal could be that smooth and that shiny (The Zelda crest). I have never seen a decal that shiny. This amount of shine is impossible to achieve using spray cans. Only automotive paint. For behind the scenes look, check out Instagram.com/Customnesguy or facebook.com/Customnesguy. Thanks!

While all good suggestions, none of the responses here are close to how I achieve it. If you would have messaged me personally I would be happy to give you some info.

Yes the units are completely painted, the Mega Man one used decals. That's what that customer wanted. The Zelda is airbrushed in. Nintendo logo is not a decal, but painted on as well. I'm not sure how one could think a vinyl decal could be that smooth and that shiny (The Zelda crest). I have never seen a decal that shiny. This amount of shine is impossible to achieve using spray cans. Only automotive paint. For behind the scenes look, check out Instagram.com/Customnesguy or facebook.com/Customnesguy. Thanks!