Sep 4, 2007, 6:26 PM - Need armor help.
Ok guys, I just got the first part of my Jango costume, BKBT's awesome thighs. Now I just need to know what to do next as far as the best way to trim, sand, paint, this whole rub n buff thing, and how to protect the overall finish. Basically, if you pretend like you're talking to the dumbest person on this forum, you'll be a lot of help. Also, I used the search function already, but most of the older threads that probably held the most useful info wouldn't come up for me PLEASE HELP! Thanks.
Sep 4, 2007, 9:16 PM - Re: Need armor help.
Sep 4, 2007, 10:35 PM - Re: Need armor help.
If I remember, his thigh's are fiberglass.
What I would do, is trim any excess fiberglass thats not essential to the overall look and or shape. After that, get a sanding sponge and wet sand the edges, as well as the whole fiberglass surface, until you get the surface nice and smooth. Then take primer and spray the pieces in that, so it will reveal spots that are not totally smooth, ect. wetsand it again, until baby butt smooth. The smoother the surface, the better results from the rub and buff.
After that, you will start to apply the rub and buff paint. This is where it gets tricky. Take a little bit, like let a little bit of the paing pop out and put that on your forefinger. Rub it on in small circles over an area and even out the paint until its even. You can either use the palm of your hand, or cloth material like an old white t-shirt, or shoe polishing cloth, and buff it furiously, applying a good amount of preasure.
Keep repeating this and you should get a good shine going. DO NOT spray a clearcoat on it, because it will dull out and will look like silver spray paint.
Also, after touching the r&b paint, DO NOT touch anything unless you intend to paint it silver, trust me. Good luck dude!
Sep 4, 2007, 10:56 PM - Re: Need armor help.
Thanks man that was really helpful! I have to ask though, what exactly does wet sanding mean? does it mean putting water on the surface and sanding it that way or what?
Sep 4, 2007, 11:05 PM - Re: Need armor help.
Go to a hardware store and look for a sanding sponge. Basically a piece of foam wrapped in a sandpaper like material. When you use that, just get a bucket, fill it with water, soak the sandingsponge and squeeze it so its moist, and just start sanding away. You'll find its alot faster then dry-sanding.
Sep 5, 2007, 12:06 AM - Re: Need armor help.
..try this link.
for a good RnB effect, u'll see its a hard workout ;o) buff it buff it buff it buff it....
Sep 5, 2007, 6:55 PM - Re: Need armor help.
Ok I did everything, and have been rub'n buffing for a good hour now, but I can see "pores" showing through the rub'n buff. I must've sanded and primed this thing like 4 times. Will I eventually buff through this, or do I need to sand and start again?
Sep 5, 2007, 7:22 PM - Re: Need armor help.