Woke up this morning and did another layer of freshly pigmented latex on the cape mold, and I must confess, it's looking pretty darn good. MUCH closer than anything I was getting with the burman products. Stoked!
I've got a couple more tests to run, and then I'm going to move ahead and mix up a big batch of the stuff with the new paint from Michael's... and go to town on the thing. I would say there's a good chance I'll have my first complete pull out of the mold by the end of the week.