I was messing around with a plate at my friends house, and now that we have finally decided on what we are going to use for our suits... We wanted a very, VERY durable finish. Not to mention usable. We cut the plate in shape of the hand piece. For most flat surfaces of the suit, coat with Rhino Liner. The best paintable one out there is Herculiner. Its a permanent application. Weather-proof. Can withstand extreme lows, and extreme highs in temperature, and will not crack, or break. Its hard, tough, and flexible enough for major wear and abuse. After coating with this stuff, run a orbital sander on it real quick, but not to totally smooth it out. Or just use a coat of resin. Just enough to get rid of the popcorn coat-like layer. You want the surface to have a orange peel like affect. Then primer, and paint as normal. The uneven surface leaves behind a worn metal look. They sometimes call this orange peel when painting cars. The Herculiner won't really allow you to get a glossy surface either unless you put a lot of paint on. But the less shiny, the better. Got the idea when some guy at work was talking about lining his ATV with it. Stuff really is as good as it says. Good way to really seal up your suit from anything too. Wish my friend wasn't being a hog, and let me have the plate to take pictures. Guess he wanted to try to duplicate the plate in a different way, using conventional materials, since the materials at work were getting to be a pain to sneek out. Compare materials to some stuff we can find at the store, or make our own. I did my part by making the plate, his is to make an alternate. Let you know the results. In the mean time, I am going to start the hand skeletons to build up on. Finally got the scaling right.