1. Member Since
    Jul 2016
    Sep 5, 2016, 9:13 AM - Seal or no seal? Black wash? #1

    I just finished my helmet paint up and now I'm wondering if I should avoid sealing all together or if i should seal it with a dull clear coat?...but with that I'm worried it will take away from the shiny metal like apparance of the dent and other silver damage...?

    I also read about giving it a black wash which is apparently mixing black acrylic paint with windshield washer fluid and giving a good spray down leaving a weathered dirty effect....anyone got any views on this? Any help?

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    Mar 2016
    Sep 5, 2016, 11:47 AM - Re: Seal or no seal? Black wash? #2

    I have not finished my helmet, so I would wait for the real experts to chime in. I say always coat it for protection. I made tons of plastic models years ago, and those are not handled as much as a helmet. The paint on my models can come off if handled a lot, so I always coat with dull. I believe the same concept can be applied to the helmet.
    I'm in the middle of painting my helmet, and I plan on dull coating it when finished. I'd rather not repaint it if the paint accidentally gets rubbed off somehow? haha... I will be airbrushing with acrylics, so I really need to dull coat it. Maybe dull coat around the silver and the dent, and then gloss coat them?

    also, I am going to dry to do a wash, but I will use a brush for that.
    I refer to superjedi's painting threads, and he's very experienced and talented.
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    Oct 2009
    Sep 5, 2016, 2:10 PM - Re: Seal or no seal? Black wash? #3

    Rogue Studios felt that this method helped to blend the colours in nicely as per his paint list thread. I've not done it myself but can test it out on a helmet that I'm not fussed about if it helps people although you'll have to wait a few days. In fairness Rogue Studios did a heck of a lot of work on painting helmets and developing his colour list; his list is the basis for a lot of what now happens so if he recommends it I'd say go with it. Personally I wouldn't use a dull coat or clear coat as I feel that both acrylic and enamel are quite hard wearing once dry.
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    Jul 2016
    Sep 5, 2016, 4:49 PM - Re: Seal or no seal? Black wash? #4

    Thank you..that's very helpful..I was leaning more towards not sealing it at all because I also used acrylic paints and figured it wouldnt rub off so easily and also i don't wanna risk ruining all my hard work far as the black wash is it ok to do without a clearcoat?..If anyone's done this post pics of ur results please..
  6. Mullreel's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Sep 5, 2016, 5:26 PM - Re: Seal or no seal? Black wash? #5

    Here is mine, unsealed with a blackwash

    This is a trooping pic, I would have to search for an indoor pic of just the helmet.

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