DP '95 question

BelaLugosi

Hunter
ok, just got my DP'95 and I wanted to know if I should fill in the scratches with bondo or just buff them out with some fine sand paper. the scratches are not deep at all, and I will need to sand the thing before painting it anyway. Also, this helmet... smells weird. no no, not like human fesces (that would make for a far funnier post) but like resin or glue... and its POTENT; stank up my whole house when i left it indoors for a few hours. Is that errr... normal? I bought the helmet "new" it is unmodified, at least as far as I can tell.

let me know.
cheers.
 

AFettFullofDollars

Well-Known Hunter
I would first give it a light sanding with about a 200 grit sandpaper. Hit it with a coat of primer and if the scratches are still there give them a thin coat of bondo. I have a DP '95 that had some small scratches on the mandibles, but I just left them. After painting over them it just added a nice texture to the battle damage. That smell is normal. Is it a white interior? Funny thing is, it's only been in the White interior DP's that I've had. The green interior DP's didn't have that smell.


Paul
 

BelaLugosi

Hunter
yep its white interior. the surface of the inside is a bit tacky to the touch as well. Is there a way to clean this thing out so that it isn't sticky and doesnt reek?
 

hansoloway

Well-Known Hunter
If you're doing a Boba helmet I see no need to fill any scratches at all. The thing's supposed to be scratched up. If you're converting to a Jango, that's a different story.
 

cal196

Well-Known Hunter
Well there is some unaccurate scratches on the right side of the red visor part facing you that sticks out pretty bad if you dont bondo it.

If your not worried about details though noone will notice.
 

BelaLugosi

Hunter
Its actually for my custom, so I'm not too worried. I'll do some light sanding for the sake of good primer adhesion.
 

Prymer13

Well-Known Hunter
Light sanding=GOOD. Like you said it's great for PRYMER adhesion. I have the same helmet and let me tell you...DON'T DROP IT! ;) Even though that thing is vinyl it's brittle.
The interior of mine was tacky too, I just used a basic cleaner (Simple Green, Goo-Gone, or Citrus-cleaner) it will get rid of the sticky without messing with the integrity of the vinyl.

Here's to hoping that your bucket has no major deformities
:cheers

~Darren
 

cal196

Well-Known Hunter
Ya, I painted the inside black because the white was showing my face threw the green visor. So I just primered the inside then painted it black, I had excepted the smell as always stinking but to my surprise it went away
 

cal196

Well-Known Hunter
I taped the inside of the visor off, and the outside of the helmet to protect it from overspray and coated the inside the autoprimer, then a couple of coats of black plastidip.
 

jarodpenn

Active Hunter
Plastidip? Wow, good thinking. I'll bet that cushions a bit more if you ever get your bucket knocked around.
 

jarodpenn

Active Hunter
Just as an experiment I spraypainted the inside. It did take care of the smell, but I don't intend to leave it like that. I'll probably use the Plastidip.
 
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