This is my assembly and eventual ESB paintup of ASOK's CC FR MR Budget Boba Fett Helmet. Hopefully it will help some visualize the process of getting the helmet ready to paint. I couldn't get pictures of everything but hopefully you get an idea of what is involved.
To make this helmet really shine you need to polish it with "0" grit steel wool and then a final buff with "000" or higher steel wool. This will give the finish of swirled aluminum. Afterwards give it a polishing with "0000" steel wool for that final shine. I prefer to use real steel wool instead of the 3M stuff. I think the metal on metal effects shines this up best.