Since I was happy with the body work following the splashcoat, I decided it was time to prime this puppy. So I applied three thin coats of Krylon’s gray primer (#1314) to each of the three components (the body, door, and back panel). Be sure to mask off the ID LED on the lower door before painting!
After the primer had sufficient time to dry, I gently wet-sanded all three parts with 1000-grit sandpaper to remove any roughness or minor imperfections from the primer coat.
Once the parts had a chance to dry from wet-sanding, it was time for the basecoat of paint. Trying to stay true to the original Next Generation props, I started with three light coats of Krylon’s Stone Gray Gloss (#1605). Again, be sure to allow sufficient drying time in between coats, and be sure to let it dry fully before handling, otherwise you’ll wind up with fingerprints all over the place.