Buff it and gloss coat it, I would guess.
Buff it and gloss coat it, I would guess.
Brasil palm wax
It's worth a shot. Try it on a test piece first though!!!!!
Id stick with high gloss paint personally ,
Question: Is the RF weathered on the black section as the others? I would guess no but in one of the pictures it appears to be?
Hey guys- Well, I think ive gotten this thing as glossy as I can. Ive discovered several things during the process of trying to get a high sheen using rattlecan.
1. Although the gloss white is fairly shiney, you have to spray it thick which eventually leads to running.
2. Wet sanding really gets rid of many imperfections including the running.
3. Without an auto paint job, this is as shiney as I can get this beast!
Although, its not quite as brilliant as id like Im pretty happy w/ the preliminary results. Sorry the pics arent great..iphone doesnt quite do it justice. Im going to take a look at it in the morning and after buffing, if its not to my liking I will AGAIN wetsand, and recoat w/ the gloss white and not coat it in order to preserve the gloss.
Last edited by dynamic1; Jul 1, 2011 at 11:25 PM.
What about a clear coat in gloss?
Sometimes you have to be careful with glosscoats out of a rattlecan because you can get a weird effect where you overlap the strokes sometimes.
At least that's been my experience
Have you considered an extensive auto polish and waxing over your perfect wet sanding? I wonder if that might work?
Hey Fett7-I thought about that but went w/ the high gloss laquer thinking it woul be better...not real shiney though. Is there someting I can buff it with like a grade of paper? Or should I try the wax?
get you some rubbing compound to polish up it...then get some wax to shine it up after the compound the compound is the equivilent of like 3000 grit paper
Did you use the Rustoleum High Gloss Professional? (The silver can, there are two different types) I use that for all the TK/TB buckets I paint and you can get a very nice gloss from them but you have to spray it a little heavier that what would be normal.
Here is a pic of a TK bucket, this was just the paint -- no wetsand, no finishing, nothing.
After it's all finished I usually hit them with a nice coating of wax, either Maguire's gold class or the NXT.
Love this helmet you are doing and I would not weather it, I am usually a nut for weathering but in the case of this particular helmet, leaving it bright white and shiny is the way to go.
do u hit it with a light coat then a heavy coat like u would with clear?
BTW the TK looks so nice with the gloss
Normally, I do very light coats on everything BUT this Rustoleum (I have heard appliance epoxy works well too but I have never tried it). Yeah the first coat, i'll go decently light, give it maybe 5 minutes or so, then go with a heavy coating for the second spray. I will then go a third IF necessary, if you go really thick the cure time goes up of course but with all the helmets I have done, I have had great results but it's a fine line, a bit more and you get drips. The last TB I did, I had one slight drip on the edge of the visor but it was hardly noticeable (well it was to me haha) but the owner was fine with it.
To light and you get an orange peeled finish, it's a bit finicky but it has great results and holds up to abuse really well. The wax helps too, I also us a Toyo Guard synthetic that a friend of mine got with his Toyota, the stuff works awesome on both paint and abs alike.
There is two types of Rustoleums and sometimes people grab the wrong one, I was curious which on the OP used?
WOW guys- This is really helpful! Where do I get the professional brand at? Im getting really tired of wetsanding again and again thats for sure! The spray is my last hope cuz ive tried everything possible LOL! I was contemplating spit shine at this point LMAO!!!! let me know where to purchase this. Thanks for the help guys, and that TK looks unbelievable!!!
try Home depot or lowes. I forget which carries rustoleum... I've bought the professional brand stuff in other colors myself... It's pretty good!!!
If you want to go with a clear coat try something like this. It gives good results.
2K clear coat: Spraymax
It should make it look more like an automotive finish. Nice work so far. Keep it up.
Yup, as SmuWindu said, you can find them at Home Depot and Lowe's and even some Wal*Mart Supercenters as well, they sometimes have the black and the white.
This is what you are looking for;
The can on the left, that is the professional, the regular can is white, the pro is a chrome silver color as you can see, make sure you pick up the pro. The new cans have a better nozzle on them now as well, really has a better flow. Try it on some scrap first to get the feel so you can see how to get the finish you want, you have to go a little heavier with it to get the glossy finish. There is plenty in one can so no worries there.
Here is a pic of a TB bucket I just finished for a squad mate, again NO sanding, clear or any kind of finishing, this was straight from the can. I prepped it with the primer you see in the pic and sanded it down, then primed and sanded before painting. Good prep is very important as well.
I gave it a nice coat of wax before delivery but that was it. Cure time is slow on this stuff, I give it a full 7 days cure time (i'll paint details and stuff before then but I like to give it plenty of time to cure up, once it does it's a durable finish).
Hope this is helpful for you on your project, I would LOVE to get another Fett bucket and paint it up in the Super Trooper, just to put on the shelf.
Alright guys- Thanks to all of your help I was able to actually get a reflection LOL! The pro gloss recommended by PF is much closer to what I was looking for...thanks man! This pic was taken from my iphone just after 2 light coats! I am going to hit another in about 20.
U want to do a heavy coat bud to the point where it might run....itll come out super glossy
Bro that is looking great can't wait to check it out this week.
Alright...Now were gettin somewhere! F4R- I know exactly what you mean about the heavy coat...to the point where you are sweating and stressed out LOL! Here are the latest pics. I think ive exhausted my "NO DRIP" card so this should do it. Let me know what you think guys and thanks for all the feedback thus far! Also, remember these are from my iphone so its actually a bit more glossy than these display.
B HAPPY 4th everyone!