So I got a BM CC helmet from another board member here and since the weather (had) started to get warmer here, I took a shot at painting it.. And all went well for a while, until it didn't. So follow along and at the end of this I'll have some questions for you Jango masters.
This was my first paint-up ever and so I was very excited to get started.
Here it is new and shiny!
All masked up and a tribute to Tuba (on the ironing board.. That's right)
And the ocean blue gets applied and then masked for the royal blue coat.
Fast forward a bit. (I forgot to take pictures of the royal blue coat.)
Not too shabby eh? Looks pretty good at a distance. I was very proud of the lines on this side...
Here's where the problems start.
1) It DEFINATELY got way too cold to apply the royal blue. Oops. (It didn't set and tore in places)
2) I need to learn more patience and a lighter trigger finger on the can. Runs suck and seem impossible to fix. (Advice?)
3) My masking job that I slaved over, wasn't as good as I thought.
4) This helmet was OBVIOUSLY not sanded as smooth on the non CC parts as it should've been. It came pre-sanded and I was afraid to go after it for fear of scuffing the cold-cast accidentally. Consequently it has little pocks and holes in a lot of places I'd prefer it didn't. I'll know better next time.
I have these little nasties now:
So oh wise ones? How do I fix these?
Error 1 is an overspray of royal onto ocean. I probably can't sand that area down can I?
Error 2 is just a mess. This ear gave me fits. If I could've taken it off to paint it, I would've, but it's part of the mold. The paint on that ear is irregular, runny, and just gross. And it oversprayed. I'm wondering if I may have to sand this whole thing back to nothing and start this side from scratch.
The mandible arc also tore on the royal blue because of the cold, the paint didn't set.
So am I screwed? Is the right side of my helmet destined for a complete re-paint? If so, what is the best method for getting all of this off? This stuff is still a bit tacky. (I'm hoping it will dry more but it's been a day or two and it's still tacky.)
Getting paint on is one thing, getting it off, another.
Error 3 seems the simplest to correct. Some very find sandpaper and get the paint off down to the CC layer. What grit would folks reccomend? 2000?
Anyway, advice and help would be greatly appreciated. I feel a little like I've ruined a work of art at the moment. I know this is just part of learning, but it's a painful one.
All comments, criticisms, and especially techniques and advice are WELCOME.