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Author Topic: Protective Clear Coat for Armor  (Read 1019 times)

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #15 on: Apr 10, 2013, 10:10 AM »
I don't get that much damage on my armor that I have to repaint it much at all.  I just keep each scratch and scuff as a "trophy" from trooping.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #16 on: Apr 10, 2013, 02:20 PM »
Not worrying about scratches is an advantage with metal armor.  I'll give you all that.  However, us with sintra armor, scratches look horrible.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #17 on: Apr 12, 2013, 08:42 AM »
I don't get that much damage on my armor that I have to repaint it much at all.  I just keep each scratch and scuff as a "trophy" from trooping.

^^This.

If the paint is applied well. You shouldn't get hat many scratches.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #18 on: Apr 12, 2013, 10:24 AM »
Not worrying about scratches is an advantage with metal armor.  I'll give you all that.  However, us with sintra armor, scratches look horrible.

I'm actually wearing sintra armor.  I give all my plates a few coats of silver base coat, and most of the sintra I use is black, so when a scratch occurs mostly it just goes down to silver, but sometimes the black shows through but doesn't look too out of place.



The worst damage I get is where my shin armor meets my boot armor and rubs.  You can see some black rubbed through, but it doesn't look bad because it makes it look scuffed and worn.  The other black markings higher up the shin are actually boot scuffs from myself and other folks when getting too close.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #19 on: Apr 12, 2013, 08:00 PM »
Well then.  Maybe I will start buying black sintra.  I don't think it's the paint job.  I start with primer, and add several thin coats of the colors I am using.  Each of them is the same brand, Krylon for plastics.  I then use a Krylon matte clear coat, which I have sprayed on in thin coats.  Usually I spray 4 or 5 coats.

I must just be unusually hard on my armor.  Maybe it's getting chipped and scuffed from being packed and transported to events.  I just don't know at this point.

All these ideas are great!  Keep them coming.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #20 on: Apr 12, 2013, 08:21 PM »
Each of them is the same brand, Krylon for plastics.  I then use a Krylon matte clear coat, which I have sprayed on in thin coats.  Usually I spray 4 or 5 coats.

You need to be using enamel paints if you want them to be durable.  They are slower curing but cure hard. Krylon paints are not enamels for the most part and will not stand up to much punishment.  I use Rusto satin enamels when I can and they can take a beating. That plus a laquer clear coat is plenty of protection. The only spot I have issues is on my chestplate where my shoulder meets the stock of my rifle.  There are hard-edged resin greeblies on the stock that scrape away the sintra, which obviously takes the paint with it.  Barring that I have very few problems. 

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #21 on: Apr 12, 2013, 09:52 PM »
If I had to do it all over again, I'd buy grey sintra. I have black right now. I haven't repainted in a year at least and I've got some dings and scratches on my chestplates. They don't look too great, but like Taglar said, they don't look out of place either.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #22 on: Apr 12, 2013, 11:52 PM »
Thanks, BobaFriend.  I will look into those and give them a shot.

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Re: Protective Clear Coat for Armor
« Reply #23 on: Apr 16, 2013, 09:21 AM »
Do you have some closeup pics of the chipping?  Maybe your paint isn't bonding well.

I use Rustoleum paints and have never had an issue with chipping paint.

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