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    Oct 17, 2008, 3:15 AM - nooby qwestions #1

    Im new here and have been admiring you all 'YOU GUYS ARE AWSOME' and seeing all this awsome customs made me want to make my own mandolorian armor..i got some realy silly qwestions how do u get a worn look on amor and helmets im 80% done with my custom mando and wonder how to get the finer details and scratches and did that guy realy use mustard? lol I forgot to add i must thank wizardofflight his templates were awsome!
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    Oct 17, 2008, 3:29 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #2

    First off, welcome to the board, and to answer your questions:
    1) Yes, the guys here are awesome. I look up to them too.

    2) You can scratch your armor with knives or carve it slightly with a dremel, but those might be a tad dangerous if you're not careful. You could also throw it against concrete or gravel as Jax does, to chip away some paint. Or, you could fake it by weathering it in the painting process. This generally takes a few layers of paint to accomplish, starting with a base coat which is usually silver or hammered steel in color. After this, you mask off your armor in "damaged" sections, and then paint over it in a new layer of paint. Once that new layer is done, take off your masking material, remask it to include the silver you kept untouched as well as a border of the new color, and then paint a new layer. This will make it appear as though paint has chipped off, though in reality, you just kept it from being painted on.

    3) Yes, mustard can really be used. I was skeptical, too, until I used it on a small tin. It was a test piece, and it now sits proudly in my car as a pen holder! Yes, any type of Yellow Mustard will work... just make sure to wipe / wash it off between layers, and dry off your armor before masking with the mustard and painting again. I dunno what "guy" you mean, as the mustard method has been used by a lot of people on here and in the costuming community in general.

    4) Yes, Alan is a treasure for his work... but don't forget everyone else who puts in their hard work, too! Like 99Cent, Skup, Fettpride, RussRep, Ruffkin... tons of people. That's just naming a few. Massive respect to these boards.

    Any more questions?
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    Oct 17, 2008, 3:44 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #3

    that pretty much answerd them all thank you xero for the warm welcome and if i have any more ill be sure to ask..
    ill have some pics in a few weeks if any one cares thoe =]


    and thank you to the entire tdh community.
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    Oct 17, 2008, 5:56 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #4

    i like to use toothpaste instead of mustard, even if you let it dry it won't discolor the layer beneath it, and it leaves your helmet minty fresh!
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    Oct 17, 2008, 9:18 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #5

    I like to use toothpaste after I eat mustard.

    Welcome, Daginu! It's fun around here.
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    Oct 17, 2008, 9:50 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #6

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    i like to use toothpaste instead of mustard, even if you let it dry it won't discolor the layer beneath it, and it leaves your helmet minty fresh!
    For starters, Welcome to TDH! I have never used mustard or toothpaste. I got some masking fluid at a hobby store. However, from what I have read and seen around the net, toothpaste has a couple of advantages over mustard. First: Mustard does have a tendancy to stain some colors, and Second: Mustard just down right stinks.

    Quote superjedi said: View Post
    I like to use toothpaste after I eat mustard.
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    Oct 17, 2008, 10:02 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #7

    Quote t_bone9600 said: View Post
    Mustard just down right stinks.

    It does not! Now sour cream after its been on your bucket for a month, THAT stinks. But no way does mustard have a stench to it, I love it.
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    Oct 17, 2008, 10:14 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #8

    MMMMMMMMMM. Month old sour cream.
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    Oct 17, 2008, 12:19 PM - Re: nooby qwestions #9

    and all that is why i use liquid latex rather than mustard or toothpaste. i'm not minty. i'm not... mustardy... just masked
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    Oct 17, 2008, 12:53 PM - Re: nooby qwestions #10

    I find it hard to find the masking fluid, especially if it's random damage so I prefer mustard most of the time, I've never tried toothpaste but definately will try it at some point, it sounds like it would be easier to work with than mustard.


    oh yeah, and welcome to TDH!
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    Oct 17, 2008, 10:45 PM - Re: nooby qwestions #11

    I takes a while for the liquid latex to dry doesn't it?
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    Oct 18, 2008, 6:22 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #12

    Quote t_bone9600 said: View Post
    I takes a while for the liquid latex to dry doesn't it?
    about five minutes, maybe ten if it's chilly. probably less actually, i used it for the first time when i repainted my gauntlets, and it set up pretty quick.
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    Oct 18, 2008, 8:03 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #13

    Mustard, Toothpaste, or Windsor & Newton masking fluid (which I proclaim as total win!) works great for your weathering. saint_nasty is right, masking fluid takes only a couple mins to set up. I've done 4 complete sets of armor now with 1 bottle (thin to win) and have enough for my final set coming up.
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    Oct 18, 2008, 11:26 AM - Re: nooby qwestions #14

    I have some kind of masking fluid. But I don't think it is latex. As for liquid latex I was thinking of that mold making stuff you get from craft stores and the like. We used that in my restorative arts class to make prosthetic facial hair pieces,but it took a bit to dry. I worked really well for that though.
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    Oct 18, 2008, 8:35 PM - Re: nooby qwestions #15

    you can use that latex for masking purposes. you'll just have to get a separate bottle to mix it with a little water until you can get the concistancy you're looking for. it works pretty well since latex is water based and gets rubbery as the water evaporates.
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    Oct 18, 2008, 10:46 PM - Re: nooby qwestions #16

    Quote NovallTalon said: View Post
    Windsor & Newton masking fluid (which I proclaim as total win!)
    Agreed.

    I just bought a bottle of that stuff at Hobby Lobby last week, and it's awesome. I put down the masking fluid, let it dry, then spray on the top coat. Then I usually wait about an hour for the paint set, but still be slightly tacky. I just rub off the mask and viola!

    Also, the W&N fluid is about 10.99 at my local Hobby Lobby, but if you print out their 40% off coupon from their website, it comes out to around $7.