Where do you get your resin?

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    Where do you get your resin?

    Hey everyone! I am making a helmet and need to find resin to modify it. I am modifying a speed racer helmet that is found at walmart. Adding parts. Is resin good for that? If so... where do you guys get your resin at?

    El1te

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    No, you dont want to use resin to modify something, its too thin, resin is for making things in a mold. Its as thin as milk when its liquid.

    Youll want a couple of different things.

    Bondo. This is like mashed potatoes. So you canb uild up and fill cavities, it cures in 30 minutes to sandable hard.

    2 part epoxy clay - This turns to a rock hard clay, in a few hours, but while its soft, its like clay, and its smoothable with water.

    If your going to make a mold, just a hard clay will work, smooth it, then primer it, make your mold, pour a piece, sand and re-finish it to make it perfect, and make another mold.

    The best resins are found from alumilite. www.alumilite.com

    They also sell clays, tools, silicones, and they are a very good company to deal with. Much better than smoothon.

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    You can get it at hardware stores or automotive shop.
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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    Stormrider beat me to it.
    I normally get my 2-parters at the hardware store, wal-mart.
    The bondo is usually in the automotive dept, the putties can be found in the plumbing or "as seen on tv" area

    Fiberglass is also usually in the auto section. Resin on the other hand, whats used for casting and whatnot is usually only found in craft or sculpting stores. Micheals for me.

    For more serious castings tho i usually order smooth on materials or go to the Compleat Sculptor in Manhatten

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    Thanks guys... i forgot to mention we were going to build the helmets up and then put a few coats of resin over it when it was done. Could we do the build up of it just with bondo? Get the helmet... do the extra details with bondo then cover it in resin? How does bondo stick to plastic?

    Thanks for your help!

    El1te

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    bondo sticks to alot of things but there is a new "gold" body filler by the same company that will stick to even more. just sand up the plastic a bit, fill in larger gaps and holes (deeper than 2 mm) with the bondo and use glazing putty (also by bondo) to do the smaller fill in areas.

    Sand in between.

    Then brush on the resin and sand in between resin layers. I usually have the bondo in one or two layers, 3 sanded layers of glazing and about 3 layers of resin when i do this type of project.

    Also, stick with polyester resins with polyester fillers, you might get into a chemical breakdown if you use epoxies and the polysters resins together, watch out for that.

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    The resin I have been using is the 3M Resin from Walmart and it cost me about 10 bucks for a can of it and I'll use Bondo gold for smoothing out and adding detail to things like my pepakura objects, TehEl1te I want to know where in the world did you get that Scorpion mask from that's in your avatar?

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    try it out on some cardboard first, i recently ran into a major disspointment when some epoxy resin i had been using became chemically unstable after being in contact with curing fiberglass(polyester) resin and bondo as well.

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    Thanks a ton guys!!! This is all very helpful. SO stick with polyester resins. Is that 3M Resin at Walmart polyester?

    ALso, Vagabond... I made that mask

    El1te

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    The 3M Brand I get at Wal-Mart yes it's a yellow colored polyester resin, ok cool do you make more for people wanting one of the masks?

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    That's EXCELLENT! I will go to walmart and check... Get the bondo at an automotive place, and resin at walmart. This project is nothing serious, just a little work

    I am not currently making masks. I am making the tunics right now.

    El1te

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    u can get bondo in the auto/boat section of walmart as well

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    i LOVE Aves Apoxie Sculpt... it's like the plumbers putty, but stays workable for a long time... 6-7 hours. And it's a LOT cheaper.

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    Excellent!!! Where can I find Aves Apoxie Sculpt?

    El1te

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    Re: Where do you get your resin?

    I just buy it online. I've never seen it in a store.

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