thanks for the nice welcome and comments everyone
its great to hear comments from others. my husband always has very encouraging and great things to say, but its nice to hear from "impartial" sources.
Gregorbian, i didn't prime the droids, i sanded them down, cleaned them with alcohol and got the surface nice and smooth and then spray painted them with Krylon Fusion Gloss Black spray paint. Fusion is the spray paint that will bond to plastic. i got it at Wal-Mart for $3.99. it sprays easily and does not bubble, crack and all that other nasty stuff. i highly recommend it. btw, my R2-Q5 started out as an R2-D2 with all the attachments and i just painted over his chrome dome
i'm currently working on a 12" Grievous repaint now along with a 12" Biker Scout. i'll post some pics once they are both finished. i got tired of doing different 3 3/4" clone repaints and had to move on to something more fun