ROTJ armor color?

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Lightly sand the armor so that the paint will adhere better to the plastic. Then primer (with primer, the gray kind). Then a few coats of silver (be sure to let it dry completely before adding another coat). Use rubber cement or Vasoline after this in the spots where you will have battle damage. Then I would recommend a single coat of yellow (you can see this showing through on the MotM pics). Then a couple good coats of green. Then weather. Now go back and rub off the rubber cement/Vasoline and you will see you damage come to life. Use a dull butter knife, a plastic scraper, and or sandpaper to wear off some more green paint and add to the damage by creating more scrathes and scrapes. Then end result should be a nice set of multi-layer painted armor. Have fun!
 
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Thanks! I can't wait to start. It would seem to me that the vaseline would give a less perfect scar, therefore making it look more realistic.

What other methods do folks use that they have gotten good results from?
 
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I would make the suggestion to NOT use silver paint for the bare metal exposed areas. The problem with silver paint, is that's exactly what it ends up looking like - paint.

If you want to achieve a more realistic finish, I'd suggest you use Testors Chrome Spray Enamel #1290. It comes in a spraycan, so you have to carefully spray the contents into the cap, and apply it using the torn sponge technique.
 
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Hmmm, my scars turned out okay with an aluminum base. But trust me when I say that Motorfish is a far better artist than me. I am still kicking myself for getting outbid on the jet pack he sold on eBay. It was AWESOME!
 
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{{{{ARMOR: RUST-OLEUM SATIN SPRUCE GREEN 7737.
SHOULDER BELLS AND KNEE ARMOR: NAPA COMMERCIAL COATINGS CAT YELLOW #2. }}}}

BobaFettish, is that applicable to ESB armor also? Do you have a picture of these colors on the armor? I'm getting to the point where I'll be starting the armor. Who knew the helmet would be such a PITA...

Phil
 
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These were the colors recommended to me by one of the original Fett prop makers. They are the colors he used on the costumes he made for Disney and Universal Studios, Florida. I can email you some pics of my armor, but I do not have a host site to post them here. The colors will work for either ESB or ROTJ.
 
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A word of warning on the rubber cement method: when I tried that, it immediately lifted the paint beneath it. I had to wipe it all off and repaint. I talked with Boba Fettish about this, and since he didn't have any problems, it may be the difference in paint brands. I recommend testing this out before you find out the hard way that it isn't going to work. I used the liquid masking material, which is simply liquid latex. It worked quite well.
 
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I am almost done sanding down the edges of my armor and am starting to think about paint. Do I need to clean the armor (soap and water) to get the oils off like a model? I am doing a ROTJ style and want to knwo what appropriate colors and brands work best. I know i have seen the info here, but can't find it.





Thanks for taking the time to view.
 
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Color specific brands I can't help you with :( sorry,I'm going to be soliciting a painter for mine who uses custom airbrush mixtures.

Prep work advice I can give though :) It looks like your chest armor is quite shiny,and you might want to give it a good sanding also,other than that if there are any resin peices you will want to wash them thoroughly before painting.

Good Luck

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ARMOR: RUST-OLEUM SATIN SPRUCE GREEN 7737.
SHOULDER BELLS AND KNEE ARMOR: NAPA COMMERCIAL COATINGS CAT YELLOW #2.
I HAVE YET TO FIND THE EXACT RED FOR THE ROTJ GAUNTLETS.
 
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What about the silver? I expect that the whole thing gets first coated in silver (Jango)?
 
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"I HAVE YET TO FIND THE EXACT RED FOR THE ROTJ GAUNTLETS."

Krylon Rudy Brown w/ black acrylic airbrush paint sprayed over it in a 20/80% ratio (20% paint, 80% water)
Looks identical to the ROTJ Special Edition gauntlets.

the Real ROTJ original gauntlets are a little more red, and less brown.
 
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SILVER (UNDERCOAT, BATTLE SCARS, & SCRATHCES): RUST-OLEUM METALLIC FINISH 'ALUMINUM 7715'.
 
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Does the armor need to be prepped? (sanded, etc).
 
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Your paint will stick alot better with a light sanding using a fine grit sandpaper. Wash it good with soapy water afterwards to get all of the dust and mold release off of it. Spray it with a coat of primer and you should be ready to go.
 
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Is the silver a primer or do I need to apply a primer before I spary the silver layer?
 
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I took some advise and painted my armor spruce green. Now that it has dried it doesn't look dark enough. I'm thinking now it is more like a dark olive drab. :confused
 
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It is not supposed to be dark. I used RUST-OLEUM SATIN SPRUCE GREEN 7737 and it is the closest match that I have found. This is the exact color recommended to me by one of big three prop makers and he swears by it. I even gave it a light misting of gray primer to weather it a bit more. If you have the Reference CD, hold your painted pieces next to the MoM pics and you'll see how close the two colors are. Now if you are going for the action figure look.....
 
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Do you use any other colors (ie. black or brown) to mist on the armor?
 
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You have to be careful trying to mist black spray paint as it tends to 'spit'. I would recommend either airbrushing the black or using acrylic paints (which I used) for your weathering. I combined a little gray with it so that it wasn't so dark. The good thing with acryilic is that if you mess up, you've got the opportunity to wipe it off before it becomes permanent. I would practice this a bit before you try it on your armor.
 
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