So any luck with the paint yet?
So any luck with the paint yet?
Well, it's been awhile, but I'm getting back on this shortly, amongst other things. I think I may have discovered the reason as to why the paint was going on as it did. It is because of how I was sanding it.
I need to buy new sand paper so I can fix it
how does the way you sand it make a difference in how it accepts paint? i've never heard of that.
I am pretty sure something similar is happening here with the helmet, because I used a mouse sander on quite a few areas.
ok, i get you now. i use a mouse sander too, i start my sanding process with it and a 220 pad. then i go by hand wetsanding 320, 400, 800, 1000. by the time i'm done my arms about to fall off and i've ran up quite the water bill, lol. but i know what you mean with just the mouse, when i made my friends kids boba armor i just sanded the trash can plates with a 220 mouse. it felt smooth enough, but then i painted it and all the tooth marks were showing quite nicely.
I managed to paint the blue on, but ran out of paint sorta half-way through, but I might need to sand it down again cause a few spots I missed appeared in some spots, but not as bad as i was before.
Anyways, I'm going to finish this in the next few weeks, making my goal before Halloween. I've had this helmet far too long and I want to apologize to the TheDentedOne for the wait.
Going to get some more krylon paint, cause they couldn't have made the cans any smaller
The crinkled finish in the Krylon can also be caused by applying a heavy coat that negatively reacts to the Rustoleum underneath it, especially if the Rustoleum paint was sanded down considerably. My solution to that problem has been to first apply a very light coat and letting it dry for a day to seal everything, and then coming back with a heavier smoothing coat 24 hours later. Keep in mind that when I say "very light coat", I mean you can still see the surface undearneath somewhat.
light coats are always good...what I do like about the krylon though, is that it dries very well to the touch in a very short time period
Had a similar reaction again, but this time, it was much more minimal, so I feel I'm just about close to getting past this one thing. It's been really frustrating but oh well. I've begun sanding down again (wetsanding it off, no more mouse sander), going to finish sanding again tomorrow.
Also in the pics is the New RF ear cap generously supplied by FettPride
Hard to see here, but I've circled where the bubbles re-surfaced. Much more noticable in person
Bringing back up this thread.
I have just under 5 weeks left before I leave for Basic. I'm not proud of myself for having held onto this helmet for this long and as I've said before, theres no excuse. I've been working on this for the past week, stripping down the paint. I recieved a BobaMaker Jango visor as well this week. I've completly wet-sanded the entire helmet, and should have gotten rid of the un-eveness of when I used the mouse sander sometime ago. I feel that was the cause of the splotches of paint as posted above.
Anyways, I need to find my drill set. It went missing shortly after finishing my snowtrooper. Don't know whether or not it was stolen, but wouldn't be surprised..
Finally was able to finish stripping about 98% of the previous paint off, completly wet-sanded this time. Filled some holes where the previous builder had put some wood screws to hold the ear cap in place. Got that sanded down. I had to remove the original masking tape, repolish the silver. I'm gonna be re-masking it again tonight, and put a few layers of primer down for me to sand. The weather is alot cooler, so if things go as planned, painting shouldn't be an issue.
Good to see you back on this Chris! Your work is good! You need to show these Noobs how you really paint lids! lol
Okay! So I had somehwhat of a busy day today but I was able to mask everything off and get a few layers of primer down. Tomorrow I have nothing to do, so I'm gonna do another sanding to smooth it out again and put some blue down. Hopefully it won't bubble like before :fingerscrossed:
Need to get ahold of a drill set. I want to get the RF box attached to the stalk sometime soon, and start modding the ear cap!
The Krylon and the Rustoleum together will give you fits. I have come to despise Rustoleum due to their lengthy drying times and they seem to be incompatible with certain types of primers also. I feel your pain from doing TD0488's paintup. If someone could find other hobby paints which would work the incompatibility issues could be solved.
same exact thing happend. Excuse me while I go shoot myself in the foot *sigh*
Don't strip it off yet. I had similar problems with the Krylon. I ended up just putting on several layers and wetsanding it with like 2000 grit sandpaper. It ended up coming out great with a natural semi-gloss finish.
So your saying to spray on the krylon despite the bubbling? After you sand it, did you apply another layer?
The final coat on mine is a wetsanded coat. You may have to apply several layers but the finished coat can be wetsanded with 2000 grit.
Keep up the good work TC. Youll get it figured out
I've had bubbling occur in the Krylon when I applied it too thick and it's was placed in front of a source of heat. Might that be your case? I would recommend sealing all of the painted areas with the Rustoleum and then going back and taping off the Krylon areas and painting over the Rustoleum. That's how I've done all of my helmets and it has worked out fine for me when I've applied the Krylon lightly. When I went to heavy with the Krylon...it bubbled.
As for application of the krylon, I've tried going as light as possible. It has even bubbled when I tried "misting" the helmet. I cannot explain it for the life of me