i'm back. alive. sore as hell. just an update for those who expressed well wishes- thanks a lot guys. it was fast and painless. i even felt well enough to go halloween shopping and grab an ice cream with my mom (my driver). just got home and ohhhh man it hit me hard. gross stuff ensued but i am OK now. just gotta stay on top of my pain meds and keep myself in a fog.
apple barrel is a decent brand for acrylic paints,i use it sometimes... i prefer folkart brand for most things but specifically for metallics as they are smoother and look more like metal as opposed to glitter. they have some great gunmetal colors if you can find them.. martha stewart also has some good paint but her metallic colors seem to be a little chunky and uneven so i'd probably do a coat of black underneath as a base. folkart is sold at AC Moore and michaels (some at jo-ann fabrics too), martha stewart is only at michaels.
i dont know what craft stores you have around the country (or globe) but i know you want craft paint, not fine art acrylic paint... craft paint sticks better to things other than gesso'd canvas. if you find that the paint is too stiff you can try mixing some fabric medium in it (sold at jo-anns) which makes it really flexible.
banewagon, that looks pretty good man! i agree with RDmaul, leave the distressing as is. if you absolutely MUST do something to it, only tone it down, dont completely undo it. maybe use a very very dry brush to stipple over it, but thats only if you are being majorly OCD about it. keep in mind, weathering and distressing and aging.... never uniform or perfect. accept it. there's a really good quote i have somewhere that applys to this but i do not have it right this second.
found it. as a former art student and an artist/craftsman who is never 100% happy with what i make... this is a good thing to remember:
That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity – that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are a essential part and characteristic of beauty. (Charles Baudelaire)