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    May 16, 2002, 2:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Masking the Cheeks?! #26

    I used thin masking tape, using the small straight edges, rotated a piece each time, building up a curve. It's a long way, but it worked great.
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    May 16, 2002, 2:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Masking the Cheeks?! #27

    Go to an automotive parts store like NAPA or BIG A.They sell 3M tape that is blue in color.It is 1/4" wide,VERY easy to make turns,won't bleed through,and can be found easily.It works like a charm.It is shiny(vinyl or plastic i suppose) not paper like regular masking tape.
    Hope this helps.
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    May 16, 2002, 2:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Masking the Cheeks?! #28

    I have read somewhere in these post about using rubber cement or something to mask the area. After painting you can peel off the rubber cement. I haven't tried this method but it sounds good. Does anyone else have any experience with this method?
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    May 16, 2002, 2:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Masking the Cheeks?! #29

    For fine lines on a helmet? That could be tricky. For scratches and dents, it works like a charm.
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    May 16, 2002, 2:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Masking the Cheeks?! #30

    Yeah, Rubber Cement works well for the scratches and dents.

    For masking the cheeks, I used the blue painters masking tape and trimmed the line using an xacto blade lightly. Didn't nick the helmet, didn't leave a line.

    Just take your time.

    Tony
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    May 16, 2002, 2:55 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Masking the Cheeks?! #31

    For my helmet I used a combo of electrical tape and masking tape. I prefer the black electrical tape because it tends to bend and mold alot nicer than making tape. But the final decision is up to you of course.

    Andy
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    May 16, 2002, 8:29 PM - Merged: Re: Im having trouble with the dent.... #32

    Hey there .... I'm new too. But have been doing similar
    thingsfor a while.

    When filling a hole or dent that way (trying to preserve the paint around it, you run a risk of "Orange Peelaround the outside of the dent, so you have to be very carefull. I would re-do the whole top portion of the helmet to get it right.


    But if you really want to preserve the dome paint, I would say sand the dent carefully until you get down to the fiberglass / vinyl, depending on your helmet, and about a quarter of an inch around the the outside of the dent. Fill with the putty of your choice (Bondo or Testor's Model Putty) in mujltiple layers (Sanding and Drying in between layers)then sand the final layer flush with the dome, and finish with ultra fine sandpaper to blend with the 1/4 inch space around the dent to hide the orange peel, and then spray. You may have to lightly sand again after paint is dry to further conceal any orange peel, and possibly re-spray again.

    Perhaps someone else has a better (more effective)method

    Good Luck

    Hope this helps

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    May 16, 2002, 8:29 PM - Merged: Re: Im having trouble with the dent.... #33

    You definitely want to sand any area that you are applying filler putty or paint to. The last thing you want is for your filler putty to pop out of the dent when your helmet is finshed being painted. I would recommend "keying" the surface with 60 grit sandpaper where you are applying filler putty & if you are just sanding for paint then use 180 grit. Follow by spraying two coats of SANDABLE primer, wetsanding between coats with 400 grit to get a nice smooth finish, followed by your top coat, more wetsanding, & your finish coat. If you have trouble with an orange peel finish you can wetsand using even finer grits (like 1500) followed by an auto polish. Remember to use the best quality paint you can, some will leave more "orange peel" than others. I recommend using auto touch-up paint that comes in a spray can.
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    May 22, 2002, 1:04 AM - Merged: Do you guys modify the dent? #34

    I am looking at my helmet(DP 97) and the dent looks too smooth, no sharp edges. Do you guys modify them at all to get the look like the one in the banner? I like the way it looks like it has ridges inside the dent.
    Mine could be just full of paint for all I know but I just thought I'd ask.
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    May 22, 2002, 1:04 AM - Merged: Re: Do you guys modify the dent? #35

    I've actually filled my dent in and will be carving it back out movie-screen-style. But that's just until I get my mits on a better helmet.
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    May 22, 2002, 1:04 AM - Merged: Re: Do you guys modify the dent? #36

    That sounds like an option. I was thinking of using a needle file to get the look. I just don't want to make it too thin.
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    Jun 4, 2002, 8:09 AM - Merged: Merged: Painting the Helmet #37

    I am in the process of painting a Boba helmet and have read all of the painting techniques I can find on this site. I just have one question. Has anyone out there tried a weathering technique using wet sanding instead of masking or the addition of "scratched on" effects? I have detailed many vehicles this way with multiple layers of paint and then clear coated the finished work. However, I have never used this technique on the DP material. It seems that this would create a true distressed paint effect, even at close range.

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    Jun 4, 2002, 8:09 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Painting the Helmet #38

    I think people stay away from that method only because the helmet is sprayed silvef first, with the other layers of paint applied over it. Others have painted their helmet and then applied silver paint in a fashion to resemble scratches. I think if you were to apply a silver base coat and then the various other colors over it and attempted to wet sand the top coat to reviel the silver underneath, you could damage the silver layer and expose the plastic, fiberglass, or resin material the helmet is made from. If you would put enough layers of silver on first and used a very fine grit paper you could wear down the edges to expose the silver, but anything too large may be gone over too many times and may wear away the silver layer. These are some of the things I dealt with when painting my helmet (and I have seen many that were painted better) so there are various other methods I am unfamilar with that would work better.
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    Jun 7, 2002, 1:56 AM - Merged: Helmet paint #39

    does any one know a good brand of paint for the helmet that wont melt the don post plastic one
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    Jun 7, 2002, 1:56 AM - Merged: Re: Helmet paint #40

    Just about any spray paint will do....Krylon is of course the best way to go. But I have used Rustoleum, Dutch Boy, Plasticote, ect....

    Acrylic paints are great for the damaged areas (greys and reds), as you can apply it inside with your reference photos.

    And I think Testors Chrome Spray Enamel #1290 for the silver/damage areas is the way to go according to our paint expert.

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    Jun 7, 2002, 1:56 AM - Merged: Re: Helmet paint #41

    lots of people ive asked say that spray paints will melt the latex on the don post
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    Jun 7, 2002, 1:56 AM - Merged: Re: Helmet paint #42

    I used acrylics... just sanded down the helmet... to scuff it up... and airbrushed / hand painted the mask... turned out great...
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    Jun 7, 2002, 1:56 AM - Merged: Re: Helmet paint #43

    thesuicideking wrote:lots of people ive asked say that spray paints will melt the latex on the don post
    Ummm nope. I have a Don Post 95 here that I use to practice on, and I have repainted several times using the aforementioned spray paints. She's still as good as new.

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    Jun 12, 2002, 4:06 AM - Merged: Merged: Matte Varnish #44

    I wanted my armor to have a flat tone to it, not the least bit shiney. Will flat matte varnish make the paint flat? I'm not really worried about it dulling the silver, I'm just wondering if it will dull the shine to the main color.
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    Jun 12, 2002, 4:06 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Matte Varnish #45

    Testors makes this stuff called "dullcoat" & it comes in a spray can. It will make a glossy finish matte.
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    Jun 12, 2002, 4:06 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Matte Varnish #46

    Perfect. Thanks. But will that protect the paint from damage?
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    Jun 12, 2002, 4:06 AM - Merged: Merged: Re: Matte Varnish #47

    You can clearcoat first to protect the paint, then use dullcoat to matte the finish.
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    Jun 23, 2002, 8:51 PM - Merged: Merged: When to prime #48

    Should i put primer on before i put the chrome paint on my helmet?

    The Purity Knight
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    Jun 23, 2002, 8:51 PM - Merged: Merged: Re: When to prime #49

    Yes, defenitly prime before you put on the chrome. Put on several coats of chrome, sanding in between coats. Then you are ready to paint. Good Luck!
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    Jun 24, 2002, 9:37 PM - Merged: Merged: Merged: Sanding after priming? #50

    Do i have to sand the primer after i put it on? if so with what grit of sandpaper? Do i need to put another coat of primer on also?

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