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    Oil paints on plastic?

    I was recently commissioned to paint a bass head (outside) for a drum set, and was interested in doing it in oils. I figure my approach would be to scotch bright the surface and then paint. I was wondering if anyone had any input on this or new if there was a way to spray a finish clear on afterwards without causing any chemical reactions and such. Or if i really need to finish coat it with a clear at all?
    does this sound like a good idea? Any advice?
    Thank you
    Edit: the surface is made of plastic, gloss surface
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    I'd expect acrylic medium to stick to plastics well. Do a test with your particilar plastic. If it sticks, then you can gesso it, and paint in oils as usual.
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    Not much of anything sticks to a gloss surface plastic. If you rough up the surface, it can work. I sometimes paint on acrylic sheet which has been sanded rough and had acrylic 'gesso' applied. It provides a solid bond, but perhaps not as solid as one would want on a drum set. If I were you, I would do it all acrylic. and definitely test out the method before doing the whole thing. Probably a good idea to go back over it with some clear enamel or something. Drums tend to get abused.
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