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Painting a resin tank decoration.

I just bought a resin Thai Buddha bust and was thinking of painting it. The plan is for it to be the centerpiece in my 40B build. I have three options. 1. leave it as is (light gray) 2. spray paint it gold as it's a statue bust. 3. painting to look like a person. What kinds of paint can I safely use? Should I topcoat it with a clear polyurethane or other clear coatings? Anything else I should watch out for? If I leave it as is, should I still clearcoat it?

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I did some research. Acrylic paint if marked non-toxic is generally safe, as is Krylon fusion spray paint. I found some great paint at Michael's called craft smart. They were perfect for the project. Acrylic, non-toxic, and a 2 oz bottle is $0.79 on sale. So I got a number of colors. It will take two coats to cover smoothly, but I was fine with that. I didn't take a before picture but I will post a picture before I put it in the tank. I need to find a can of Krylon Fusion paint and give it 2-3 good coats.

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I did some research. Acrylic paint if marked non-toxic is generally safe, as is Krylon fusion spray paint. I found some great paint at Michael's called craft smart. They were perfect for the project. Acrylic, non-toxic, and a 2 oz bottle is $0.79 on sale. So I got a number of colors. It will take two coats to cover smoothly, but I was fine with that. I didn't take a before picture but I will post a picture before I put it in the tank. I need to find a can of Krylon Fusion paint and give it 2-3 good coats.
Here are the results. The first picture is before the Krylon Fusion (clear gloss). The second is after 2 coats of Krylon. The Krylon appears to have a slight darkening and yellowing effect, though not bad and it actually works well for my use. It also reminds me why I never took up painting lol.





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