Plastic adhesion promoter for HIPS & Current Project

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Wondering here- but my suit is slowly coming along, and I'll be
buying the spray equipment soon for auto paint, anyways, to
make a long query short- since I can't get a straight answer
off el google;

Of the following plastic types, which need a plastic adhesion
promoter for durability when using auto paint?

*HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)

*ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)

*HIPS with interior fiberglassing reinforcement


I've located my dealer for the autobody paint, as well as the clear
coat I'll be using - however *none* of them (including the idiot at
dupont), could give me a straight answer. Cue Frustration.

So, anyone have experience on this one?
If anyone is interested as to what my project is, it's not *exactly* Halo armor-
at least not canon. I'm going for a feminized version that may end up being a
partial base for a one of a couple other ideas I'm toying with.. As to which one
shall be completed next - well, I say- let ye all vote upon it ;-)
AoBfrost said:
Zero suit samus plz.

*chuckles* Well AoBfrost- you may well get your wish then. Personally
I was thinking of the Varia suit- fully fleshed out with the LED striping,
molded in HIPS or ABS (if I can get my plastic kiln working....) with
fiberglass reinforcement & an auto paint job... Shooting for more of the
varia suit sculpture look as opposed to many of the samus suits I've
seen with much-too-small shoulder orbs, and overly streamlined style.

I've always been a fan of that more hard and gritty look than the glossed
over one. We were excited when we figured out how to get pretty darn
sharp angles off of the vacuum forming rig (When we don't cause rolling
blackouts in our area from it- I only wish I were joking on that part).

Hopefully after the move in January / February we'll have enough power
to boot up the former fully without that worry. We're taking more of an
approach akin to Link with the little to no pictures now- lots later type of
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I used styrene on my fabricated armor... didn't need any 'adhesion promoter" just some auto primer...
Sean Bradley said:
I used styrene on my fabricated armor... didn't need any 'adhesion promoter" just some auto primer...

Excellent, thank you Sean. That was my biggest concern- I was worried as to whether it truely needed
the 'flex promoter', or adhesion promoters. Not having worked with the automotive paints on styrene
yet, it made me a *tad* worried.
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AoBfrost said:
The powersuit would be easier to make and wear, less detail, and less freakin huge shoulders.

Actually the freaking huge shoulders are easier than one would think - the trick is thinking
outside of the box, so to speak- and looking more in an animatronic technique direction as
opposed to the standard.

The basic idea behind the method is to have the freakishly large shoulders attached to the
arm itself, with (if needed) artificial tendons connecting to the base suit. These can be hidden
using painted PVC rods that effectively telescope- making the appearance while in motion of
pneumatics or pistons.
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