Wow! This thread never ceases to amaze. So much so that I'm starting my own suit using this technique.
This is still going strong! Awesome work.
Hey, hey guys!
Rondo'ed my helmet over the weekend, using Doc's method.
It went alright, but I'd thought I'd throw some tips out here.
Please correct me/add to it, if I'm wrong, Doc!
PLEASE, please -- to any of you thinking of using Rondo on your foam -- learn from my newbie mistakes:
- A little bit of Rondo goes a long way.
We poured a good third of the Bondo can into our first mix and ended up wasting ALOT.
- Use THIN coats!
This helps with sanding immensely.
- Use something to smooth the Rondo to make it even, as you go along.
In his thread, DocHoliday mentioned using a squeegie or some sort and old baseball cards.
- Work hastily, but with precision.
Rondo is already alot of sanding, but don't make it tougher on yourself.
If the Rondo mix starts to clump up at all, just STOP applying it.
We saw the Rondo starting to clump and kept going, assuming we would sand it out. --- It is an extremely tough job to do so. You could save yourself hours of sanding/dremeling if you just stop, mix up some new Rondo, then start again.
This is all a learning process --- there are going to be mistakes on your first time, but I wanted to throw these things out there, so hopefully I can help minimize some issues I had myself...
If anyone wants to see my own result, a link to my thread is in my sig.
Last edited by sniggle; Aug 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM. Reason: a word
I was using the lightweight body filler as suggested earlier, but I screwed up the application of the Rondo, itself D:
Me and a buddy mixed up a big batch and slathered that stuff on, sloppily, without smoothing --- thinking that we could sand out any imperfections...
That's true to an extent, but our poor Rondoing job left divots and uneven spots that just would not come out with any amount of sanding/dremeling
I'm seeing that Rondo can be a pain in the behind, but if patient and given enough work, it produces amazing result on foam
I'll be sure to apply the things I learned to my next attempt
thanks for the tutorials and tips -- I wouldn't have gotten this far without your valuable information!
Anxious to see where you're at all together! You've been spending a lot of time helping all of us with our process, it'll be great to see how far into the build you've gotten and how its all looking! This thread is immensely helpful by the way, thank you for being so thorough!!
Question: is it suppossed to be specifically the triple thick clear glaze at the end of the process that makes it flexable. Followed every step so far with at least 3 coats of everything except the paint (one so far). I was just looking at the bicep while taking the tape off that I had put on for the gold and the red cracks if I squeeze it.
Used hair dryer for heat seal
using 3 mm foamies from hobby lobby
adhesive promoter 'duplicolor'
filler primer 'duplicolor'
Dark Cherry metallic 'duplicolor'
Sunburst Gold metallic 'duplicolor'
Im not upset and I realize results may vary. Just askin
Last edited by docholiday78; Aug 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM.
Hey Doc, what paint (red) are u using? My red isnt laying right. Help?
Srry no updates just alot of craps been happining, like my work truck broke down n had to fix it this weekend. And I think I need to take a break for a little bit to get that fire back to doing it cuz right now no motivation,short fuse n short on funds. my stupid truck cleand me out, srry guys ...,
This looks awesome, thanks for the tips and tutorials. So what exactly is what is making it flexible without cracks? Is it the adhesion promotor, glaze?
Check this out....no more boring ole Ironman suit Im gonna make it look likes its been through a hell of a battle even fought wolverine Plus cost me nothin n put my artistic skills to work it was hella fun, I got my mojo back
Last edited by docholiday78; Aug 21, 2012 at 4:52 AM.
Freaking awesome battle damage!
Nice! Damage looks killer
hey doc, your suit looks amazing! I am going out this weekend to get the stuff to try rondoing my suit.
I know i read it in this thread, but scanning back thru, I cant find it. what colors did you use? Your colors are perfect. I really like that gold color
red= Duplicolor Dark Metallic Cherry
*edit* never mind, I couldnt find it because I read it on the last page!
"Dark Cherry metallic 'duplicolor'
Sunburst Gold metallic 'duplicolor'"
Last edited by Helagak; Aug 21, 2012 at 7:01 AM. Reason: im an idiot
That looks awesome!!! Keep it up.
Doc you can't see it but I'm clapping my hands, good job.