Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid is FINISHED!

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    Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid is FINISHED!

    Hey guys and gals, I have started my first lid. It's a DP '96 to which I have fiberglassed the inside/lower half. Also, I cut out the visor section but left a small strip across the bottom for attaching the visor to.

    I am on paint job number two because I was unhappy with the way the damage was turning out. The helmet, in it's entirety, will not be screen accurate but I hope close enough.

    I guess my first question would be: Is the shape passable? Not that I can do much about that at this point. I will be posting more pics and questions (that I can't find the answer to on the vast board) as I go along. Thanks in advance for any help.


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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    I would say that so far the shape is great for ROTJ but the ESB has a bit of a flare. And before painting it you should definately fill the trademarks in the back. I've seen alot of DPs that are really amazing. If you complete this and paint this really accurate, then it will be 501st acceptable.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Looks in great shape. Ditto on the logos.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Thanks for the input, a ROTJ would be nice. Any cheap suggestions on a filler for the logo's?
    Last edited by Dman; Nov 29, 2008 at 9:13 PM.

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    To fill in the logos you might want to try just a tad of bondo. Its an automotive putty that is used to fill holes/cracks in fiberglass or other materials. Just slab a bit of that over the logo, let it semi-dry, then sand it down.

    Although, I'm not sure how bondo will react with your base coat....you might have to re-prime it first.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Thanks, will do.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    bondo spot putty. u can get a tube at walmart for like 5-7 bucks. just be sure to really let it cure before sanding. overnight should work. otherwise it'll be like sanding clay.

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    No problem, best of luck.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Ok, had most of the paint finished and then the OCD kicked in. I sanded everything off, for the 2nd time, and started over. I filled the logos in with mightyputty type stuff from WalMart and sanded them down with 60 grit then 220 grit. 2 coats of hammered aluminium have been applied, after 3 coats of primer.

    Now I'm a little sketchy on ROTJ damage, I have ref pics but stencils would be nice. Any ideas? Remember OCD.
    Last edited by Dman; Dec 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Bought some Lark Dark Grey and Grime Black today, hope to get some more painting done. Here is the back of the bucket so far with filled in logos.


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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Anyone who can make a DP look great is my hero ^_^

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    "I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the end of the night, He's gotta be ..." Sorry.

    I really am trying. Hopefully the 3rd times the charm!

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    Well, my over critical eye is now causing me to go around for a forth time. Fingers crossed.
    Last edited by Dman; Dec 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM.

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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    Update... The dome is finished to my liking. It won't be acceptable to any club but I'm diggin' it. Masked off the damage, had fun with some grimey black, and went to town with the xacto. And yes, there is only 15 kill strips. 3 coats of matte clear coat and whats done is done, time to move on to the next section. Whatever that may be.


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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid

    FINISHED!

    3 coats of clear matte, reattached ear and RF, and installed the visor. Yay! Thanks to all the information found on this forum, thank you to everyone who ever posted anything of use at TDH!


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    Re: Ques/Comments/Observations:My First Lid is FINISHED!

    Well done there! I will be starting a paint job in a few months when my helmet gets here

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