It doesn't always work out!
Like many others I bought one of the tinplate buildings from Michael's craft store last Christmas season.
I thought this would be a nice simple repaint project, so I decided on Blue and White, largely because I had those color rattle cans in the garage. This one screamed "General Store" to me so that what I wanted to make it.
Fortunately the front and back separate easily with a couple screws. It turns out the bulk of the front facade is actually wood!
The metal front is an embossed sheet piece
I taped everything up and prepared to make it look beautiful, one coat at time over several nights in the garage.
Unfortunately, even with a coat a primer, whatever the base coat was, it didn't like getting repainted!
Looks like this project will be a do over. I am going to try to sneak this into the sandblast cabinet at work, and then hit it with primer again. Since the base materiel appears to be galvanized, I am open to suggestions on painting/prep if anyone has some experience to share.