Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please?Subscribe
  1. Tricky's Avatar
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    Oct 7, 2007, 7:17 PM - Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please? #1

    I'd like to know if I need to sand down the trashcan armor plates & my Rubies Jango helmet before I apply primer & start spraypainting everything up into the color scheme that I'd like?

    What'll the finished spray paint job look like in the end if I do sand down all the plastic parts 1st, compared to if I don't sand?

    If I sand everything down, including my PVC gauntlet parts, will the primer & spraypaint fill in all the scratches up evenly or do I need to apply a thin layer of bondo over all the sanded down scratches so the paint will go on smoothly?

    I'd like to have an almost car-like glossy finish on my armor so I'm not sure if I can get that after sanding, I'm such a newb when it comes to paint...

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  3. Tricky's Avatar
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    Oct 7, 2007, 9:56 PM - Re: Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please? #2

    The reason I ask again, cause the common answer for re-painting your gear is to sand it down, i.e. removing the old paint to put on the new. When I'm checking old threads here tho, I can't seem to find a definite answer on if you people are sanding down your brand new BobaMaker, MSH1, FP, DP96 or whatever helmets & armor parts to then prime & paint them.

  4. formerly LOPERO Scoutleader's Avatar
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    Oct 7, 2007, 10:14 PM - Re: Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please? #3

    I would recomend not trying to use a primer to fill your scratches.
    The compostit plastics you are working withdo not need that deep of a scratch for adesive properties for the paint to stick.You might want to invest in a plastic adesive promoter.
    Your gloss comes for the paint not the sanding.Sanding is only needed for the paint to bond to.
    I hope I have helped and not given a long winded answer.With perping and painting plastic automotive parts for the past 20 years I might be able to give more help if you need it.Painting plactic parts can be more trouble then it needs to be if the prep work is not done right.
    I would be happy to help you with your project
  5. Tricky's Avatar
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    Oct 7, 2007, 11:46 PM - Re: Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please? #4

    Okay, help will be appreciated LOPERO.

    I haven't got any scratches on my cut-out pieces of trash can armor yet. Seems like you answered my question about needing to sand so the paint will bond to the armor & that I have to use a finer grit of sandpaper.

    Now I'm just not as sure about the steps involved. Do I sand-primer-gloss paint-scratch up-mustard-weather?

    I've read some horror stories here about paint sloughing/melting off of peoples armors because of missed steps here & there & do not want that to happen to me. It's cool that you've got that much time painting cars, Mike, I'm serious about car style paint jobs so I'll definately have more questions for you in the future.
  6. Stormrider's Avatar
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    Oct 8, 2007, 10:20 AM - Re: Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please? #5

    Youll have to figure out what paint sticks to your armour.

    Then, as a first paing job Id do a 2 color with a fill.

    So primer it, let it completely dry.
    Spray it with a chrome. Let it dry completely.
    Put your mask (mustard is ok. It doesnt stain) on in BIG THICK CLUMPS.
    Spray your finish color.
    Let it dry completely.

    Whipe it off swiftly. Firmly with a rag.

    Try it on a piece of excess plastic and youll see its not that difficult. And its not as scary when its not your actual piece.
  7. Formerly saint nasty Mike M.'s Avatar
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    Oct 10, 2007, 4:01 AM - Re: Trashcan armor & helmet paint question, please? #6

    the chrome paint i used didn't react well with mustard when i pulled the reveal. i ended up with black splotches and a few yellow marks. the helmet was a rubies '97 and my second paint-up. hang on a sec, lemme check the paint i used...

    [insert strong bad chair sound]

    ok i used plasti-kote metallic acrylic enamel (silver 19101). it may just be that particular color, but i think i'll just use toothpaste for my mask from now on. it worked out for me on my first helmet attempt.

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