Helmet Prep

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    Helmet Prep

    Does anyone do helmet prep? Cutting out the T-visor and Key holes? I am really a novice at the dremmel so I would hate to jack my helmet up. Pm me or email me at jadawson1@gmail.com. Thanks!!!!!

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    What material is the helmet you have?

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    We all do... It's half the fun?

    Just take your time and take several small cuts and you'll be fine...

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    Just cut out the visor and keyslots on another bucket last night. Its a fun part of the process. Just put a cutting wheel on your dremel and go to town. Stay steady and go slow, take breaks if you need to. Oh, and wear a dust mask. Have fun

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    Do the keyslots first. It helps to maintain the structural integrity of the helmet if you work the small areas first.

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    I tend to not cut right up to the edge when I use a power cutter. Leave just a little bit, which you can then clean up with sanding and stuff. I find if I try to cut it right up close I almost always have a boo-boo and cut into something I shouldn't have. On the other hand, don't worry too much if you do. That's what auto putty and fine-grit sanding are for.

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    Find the right size drill bit that will match the size of the slots but don't go out of the lines. It's better to use a smaller drill bit at least you can always file the holes down. What I did was drill two small holes on each sides (left and right) of key slot. Then I dremel the top and bottom of each key slot from hole to hole. Punch out the cut-out part of the key slot and use jeweler's files to file down the sides (especially the drill holes) and the top part of the slot for a clean look.

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    Where do you get the jewlers files? And what grit sand paper should I use to clean up the seam lines and some blemishes?

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    Most larger hobby shops or hardware stores should carry sets of small files. I found a set of 8 or 10 in a little plastic pouch at Ace Hardware. It was around $12 or so.

    For sanding, I usually start with a 'medium' grit; maybe 200, to remove more material, then work to a finer grit. Be careful when sanding. Work slowly so you don't remove too much material. It's easy to take it off, but harder to put it back on!

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    I forget is the higher grit you go the finer the paper right? 400 is finer than 200.

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    tk9950 said: View Post
    I forget is the higher grit you go the finer the paper right? 400 is finer than 200.
    that is correct. the higher the number the finer the grit. also automotive grade sandpaper (black stuff) can be used to "wet sand" so you get a nice smooth finish between base coats and primer coats.

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    I have a Hobby Town USA near here I might check out.

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    Ah helmet prep, my old adversary I'll admit I HATE every bit of it, especially trimming the visor, my last Dremel died at the hands of my FPH and whilst trimming that thing I was so scared of slicing through a mandible it took me about a week, and the amount of resin dust I've washed out of my hair/eyes/clothes/nostrils but when you finish and your bucket is sat there all primered and ready to go theres no better feeling

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    I MIGHT CUT A MANDIBLE OFF !!!!!! I AM REALLY FREAKED OUT NOW !!!!!


    LOL

    Sorry couldn't resist. Your replies are giving me some confidence and momentum. And for that I say thanks....and if I mess up its all your faults .

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    Ok I accept full responsibility for any mistakes you make

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    Oh wheww. Ok in that case where did I put that table saw?


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    Now hang on just a minute

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    Your right......AND my blow torch.

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    Well for what it's worth I just finished cutting out the visor in my Rubies Jango Deluxe (a.k.a. my first Bu'cye) and personally I did it with an exacto and a craft knife..honestly I didn't trust my hand to be steady enough to use the dremel...cmae out excellently though!

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    tk9950 said: View Post
    I MIGHT CUT A MANDIBLE OFF !!!!!! I AM REALLY FREAKED OUT NOW !!!!!


    LOL

    Sorry couldn't resist. Your replies are giving me some confidence and momentum. And for that I say thanks....and if I mess up its all your faults .
    LOL! You'll be just fine!

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    Wulf Strassa said: View Post
    Well for what it's worth I just finished cutting out the visor in my Rubies Jango Deluxe (a.k.a. my first Bu'cye) and personally I did it with an exacto and a craft knife..honestly I didn't trust my hand to be steady enough to use the dremel...cmae out excellently though!
    Problem is its made out of a Resin material so I don't think the exacto knife will cut it. I think I will have to venture into the dremmel territory.


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    LOL! You'll be just fine!
    Thanks!

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    TK, just take your time while you're cutting.
    And remember the safety glasses! If you can find a face mask it's highly recommended as well. Resin/fiberglass aren't friendly to your lungs.

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    SO I went to Hobbytown USA yesterday and picked up some jewlers files as well as: US med green, super fine brushes, and masking liquid. So I think I will start tonight on the key holes. Maybe I will turn this into a tutorial for prepping a helemt for us peeps who are scaret like me?

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    Re: Helmet Prep

    before you get started on your helmet with your new dremel, if you're not sure of your hand, get some 1/8" plywood scraps. practice cutting on it. get the feel of how your dremel is going to pull, how much pressure you'll need to apply to keep it steady, practice cutting straight lines. then once you're comfortable with that, try drawing a large circle or some other shapes (square, triangle, star, etc.) and practice cutting along those lines. then get some grinding/sanding bits out and practice with them as well. i don't know from personal experience, but i assume that there aren't many feelings much worse than sitting down to cut the visor out of your beautiful new helmet and having your dremel kick-back and go skittering across the surface with that diamond cutting wheel .

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    saint_nasty said: View Post
    there aren't many feelings much worse than sitting down to cut the visor out of your beautiful new helmet and having your dremel kick-back and go skittering across the surface with that diamond cutting wheel .

    *******GULP********


    Thanks I might try that. I am lucky enough to live very close to Darthmiller so I have a great mentor to help me along the way. I might try the drill multiple holes then conect the dots method that sounds like it might work.

    Thanks as usual for everybodies insight!

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