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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #15 on: Apr 14, 2012, 06:21 PM »
The mesh is just fiber matting that hasn't totally clung to the shell, I would, as a precaution throw a smooth layer of bondo over there, especially near the edges as the bucket can chip without the full backing there.

Your bucket needs washing because no doubt the helmet has been cut to the tideline (the neck of the plug) and will have had some preliminary dust and gunk on it, it's a precaution to ensure that the paint sticks to the bucket.

Apart from that, be patient, wait a full day before going to the next layer, I would also use heat on the bucket to seal the paint if it is a car spray paint.

Apply primer, rub back with wet and dry, then spray again, that should give you a lovely surface to start your painting.

Finally, it's your choice to cut out the keyslots, but, as Kel says, many do, just to help airflow.
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #16 on: Apr 16, 2012, 11:46 PM »
The mesh is just fiber matting that hasn't totally clung to the shell, I would, as a precaution throw a smooth layer of bondo over there, especially near the edges as the bucket can chip without the full backing there.

Your bucket needs washing because no doubt the helmet has been cut to the tideline (the neck of the plug) and will have had some preliminary dust and gunk on it, it's a precaution to ensure that the paint sticks to the bucket.

Apart from that, be patient, wait a full day before going to the next layer, I would also use heat on the bucket to seal the paint if it is a car spray paint.

Apply primer, rub back with wet and dry, then spray again, that should give you a lovely surface to start your painting.

Finally, it's your choice to cut out the keyslots, but, as Kel says, many do, just to help airflow.

Not using car paint...  Using the high end rustoleum offering as the base coat/color.  Primer+paint, and had good experience with it on regular plastic when I did up my wife's Babydoll .45... 

I think I will probably cut out the keyslots then.  Do I need to cover them on the inside if I do?
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #17 on: Apr 21, 2012, 05:21 PM »
Ok, so, been working my sheb off on the buy'ce:

the visor cut out...


the ear pieces attached...





the keyholes cut...


the inside bondo'd


About to go start laying down basecoats of Rustoleum universal "dark steel"
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #18 on: Apr 21, 2012, 05:31 PM »
No need to cover the vent at the back mate, some folk use mesh or the printed circuit board. Most paint the inside black then its not a problem. Do you have the top part of the right earcap and RF ? just wondered.

Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #19 on: Apr 21, 2012, 05:51 PM »
I do have the top piece of the earcap (but no RF or stalk), and not sure what I am going to eventually do higher up on it...  So, have left it off for now.  Already planned on covering the inside of the keyholes probably with some kind of mesh or screen in order to still allow some air. 
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #20 on: Apr 21, 2012, 06:04 PM »
Got my base coats down...





Next is wet sanding the base with 600 grit, applying liquid masking for weathering, and laying the black coat down over the base...
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #21 on: Apr 24, 2012, 09:35 PM »
And I have continued to work on my buy'ce, wet sanding the metallic prime coat, spot liquid masking, and now laying down a base coat of black.  I should have taken more shots after I touched it up a bit to get rid of some of the orange peeling, but am not too concerned about it, seeing as how 1.) they are supposed to look worn,  2.) the only part remaining actually black are the keyholes and cheeks, everything else will either be navy blue or light grey...  and 3.) the weathering and matte clearcoat at the end should make any OPing invisible.





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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #22 on: Apr 24, 2012, 11:13 PM »
...and after my primer coat and black basecoat...  I am amazed at just how heavy it is starting to get...  I never really thought about how much paint weighs.
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #23 on: Apr 24, 2012, 11:32 PM »
Yep paint adds quite a bit of extra  weight . But makes the brain buckets look great tho.  :D
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #24 on: Apr 25, 2012, 12:54 AM »
did you mean to leave off the rangefinder mount? mine is epoxied on and filled the gap with bondo.
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #25 on: Apr 25, 2012, 10:51 PM »
Okey...  So now I have masked off everything for the navy blue coat...  And tomorrow or Friday, the grey coat...  then all that will be left is the weathering.







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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #26 on: Apr 28, 2012, 10:16 PM »
Ok, I skipped a couple of steps...

But here it is, now at 90%.  All that is left is to sand around the damage on the grey layer, charcoal weather, matte coat, glue in the visor, and (maybe) spray the inside with some plastidip.

For this to be my first major paint/weather experience, I am pretty happy with it. 

Thoughts?











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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #27 on: Apr 29, 2012, 01:11 AM »
Looks pretty good, vod.  You did a nice job with the layering of paint.
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #28 on: Apr 29, 2012, 05:21 AM »
You've got the spots down ok, but you are missing the scratches, I see you've distressed and rubbed the paint a little, now you just need a low grit sandpaper to gouge the scratch wear and tear.
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Re: I got my GB Helmet! So now what...?
« Reply #29 on: Apr 29, 2012, 09:15 AM »
Also a good layer of grime wouldnt hurt either.   Black chalk dust + sealer is a good method,  misting black paint is another.. there are many ways to grime up a bucket :)

 


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