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    Nov 3, 2014, 3:40 AM - Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #1

    Ok so here is the post I told everyone I would do..so people can follow or ignore this as they see fit.. but it should help someone

    I took pictures of most things, I painted this up and took pics in about 4-5hrs so I was rushing to get it all done for Halloween. Its really not that hard, just lots of differnt things to do to get a decent paint job

    Ok so step one..I cut out the eyes with a dermal, and sanded all the edges to make them smooth.. 120 grit then 320

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    Next I drilled a few holes.
    The first pic is holes for the pipes to go into, they are a bit long so people will need to cut/sand and fit them.

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    Next I drilled a couple small holes..cause I missed this in the master..not sure how..but its 2 secs to just drill 4 tiny holes to make a nice looking detail
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    Now I take both pieces and the extra bits/pipes etc and wash them really well, lots of soapy water..not too hot or you will warp resin..

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    Once its nice and dry I get my gear and the Adhesion Promoter, I find it works well on resin or rubber..

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    Before I put any spray on the pieces I bow all the dust off then use a tac cloth to get rid of all the dust.. I use this cloth beteen colours too, if the paint is fully dry.. And set up the pieces so you can spray them all down at once, you need to spray paint of the adhesion promoter within 10 mins..

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    Next step, after a few mins of adhesion promoter being on the cast.. First coat of paint, I used a cheap krylon gold.. I would recommend Dupli-colour so all the paint is from the same supplier.. but this seemed to work well..sorry no pic of just the base colour.. I started masking before I took one..

    So yeah the next step once the paint is dry, mask off the areas that are going to stay gold

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    Even the little bit on the side
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    Now you can get your second coat on there, I used Dupli-color gunmetal grey

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    And dont forget the pipes and small bits.. adhesion promoter then black paint
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    Now once the second colour is dry unmask it carefully You may have some areas that dont match up to the lines on the helmet..dont worry about that, this one is battle damaged and worn likt the movie prop..lots of room to fix any problems from masking wrong or unmasking wrong

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    Next I used a product new to me..old to most people on this site..Rub n Buff. I decided I really didnt want to mask off all those little tiny bits..I'm way to impatient for that so i just put the product on and made sure it was rubbed in enough to be "dry" and shiny.. I used it for the resin bits too, then glued them on

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    Next I started by inking all the lines with a dark brown/black ink, and a liner brush. You can thicken up the lines and dab the ink on with a sponge or paper towel to get the more weathered effect..this is where you would hide/fix any mistakes made from masking or unmasking I added battle damage with silver paint as well.

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    Next I did the sanding for the inside of the eyes, so the lighting kit will sit properly.. when I do this again I'll probably do that in the 1st or 2nd step

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    And now you will want to check over the helmet to make sure the silver is all good and shiny and all the inks are dry then use a clear coat, a few light coats.. I used a satin finish so its not a super shiny helmet. Add some magnets and foam..elastic strap and you good to go Easy

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  2. cborchardt82's Avatar
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    Nov 3, 2014, 3:44 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #2

    TheRocketeer said: View Post
    Ok so here is the post I told everyone I would do..so people can follow or ignore this as they see fit.. but it should help someone

    I took pictures of most things, I painted this up and took pics in about 4-5hrs so I was rushing to get it all done for Halloween. Its really not that hard, just lots of differnt things to do to get a decent paint job

    Ok so step one..I cut out the eyes with a dermal, and sanded all the edges to make them smooth.. 120 grit then 320

    1.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Next I drilled a few holes.
    The first pic is holes for the pipes to go into, they are a bit long so people will need to cut/sand and fit them.

    2.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Next I drilled a couple small holes..cause I missed this in the master..not sure how..but its 2 secs to just drill 4 tiny holes to make a nice looking detail
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Now I take both pieces and the extra bits/pipes etc and wash them really well, lots of soapy water..not too hot or you will warp resin..

    3.
    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	400139

    Once its nice and dry I get my gear and the Adhesion Promoter, I find it works well on resin or rubber..

    4.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Before I put any spray on the pieces I bow all the dust off then use a tac cloth to get rid of all the dust.. I use this cloth beteen colours too, if the paint is fully dry.. And set up the pieces so you can spray them all down at once, you need to spray paint of the adhesion promoter within 10 mins..

    5.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Next step, after a few mins of adhesion promoter being on the cast.. First coat of paint, I used a cheap krylon gold.. I would recommend Dupli-colour so all the paint is from the same supplier.. but this seemed to work well..sorry no pic of just the base colour.. I started masking before I took one..

    So yeah the next step once the paint is dry, mask off the areas that are going to stay gold

    6.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Even the little bit on the side
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Now you can get your second coat on there, I used Dupli-color gunmetal grey

    7.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    And dont forget the pipes and small bits.. adhesion promoter then black paint
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Now once the second colour is dry unmask it carefully You may have some areas that dont match up to the lines on the helmet..dont worry about that, this one is battle damaged and worn likt the movie prop..lots of room to fix any problems from masking wrong or unmasking wrong

    8.
    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	400151

    Next I used a product new to me..old to most people on this site..Rub n Buff. I decided I really didnt want to mask off all those little tiny bits..I'm way to impatient for that so i just put the product on and made sure it was rubbed in enough to be "dry" and shiny.. I used it for the resin bits too, then glued them on

    9.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Next I started by inking all the lines with a dark brown/black ink, and a liner brush. You can thicken up the lines and dab the ink on with a sponge or paper towel to get the more weathered effect..this is where you would hide/fix any mistakes made from masking or unmasking I added battle damage with silver paint as well.

    10.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Next I did the sanding for the inside of the eyes, so the lighting kit will sit properly.. when I do this again I'll probably do that in the 1st or 2nd step

    11.
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    And now you will want to check over the helmet to make sure the silver is all good and shiny and all the inks are dry then use a clear coat, a few light coats.. I used a satin finish so its not a super shiny helmet. Add some magnets and foam..elastic strap and you good to go Easy

    12.
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    I would just like to say holy crap thats awesome. The finish on this mask is amazing. Fantastic job
  3. RPF Premium Member TheRocketeer's Avatar
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    Nov 3, 2014, 3:47 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #3

    Thanks the helmet turned out well I;m fairly happy with it.. here are the finished pics.. wouldn't let me post more than 24 pics up there
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    cborchardt82 said: View Post
    I would just like to say holy crap thats awesome. The finish on this mask is amazing. Fantastic job
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    Nov 3, 2014, 4:38 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #4

    What an awesome job Curtis! Best looking starlord helmet to date by far!
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    Nov 3, 2014, 7:07 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #5

    This is great, not enough people offer step by step guides like this so nice job Curtis!
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    Nov 3, 2014, 8:26 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #6

    Love the paint job
  7. RPF Premium Member TheRocketeer's Avatar
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    Nov 3, 2014, 2:42 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #7

    Thanks Rich
    Taff83 said: View Post
    What an awesome job Curtis! Best looking starlord helmet to date by far!
    Well I hope it helps someone
    JBReplicas said: View Post
    This is great, not enough people offer step by step guides like this so nice job Curtis!
    Thank you, turned out well for a quick job
    .:MirrorminD:. said: View Post
    Love the paint job
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    Nov 3, 2014, 6:23 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #8

    Holy guacamole that's nice!
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    Nov 3, 2014, 6:59 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #9

    Wish I had one...
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    Nov 3, 2014, 11:20 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #10

    Ive posted pictures of mine from you,..... Curtis in my thread......Mike Ds....again thanks.....
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    Nov 3, 2014, 11:43 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #11

    TheRocketeer said: View Post
    Thanks the helmet turned out well I;m fairly happy with it.. here are the finished pics.. wouldn't let me post more than 24 pics up there
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    just wow....and your welcome
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    Nov 4, 2014, 9:07 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #12

    Good work with the rub n buff. I figured to just mask it, because I know that using the rub n buff can get sloppy very easily
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    Nov 4, 2014, 10:33 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #13

    Love the helmet! Great job! It's nice to see accurate details. I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to replicating. My little "bullet" ends were made from a ball point pen cap and some flexible wire loom, then the center pieces were molded from woven wire covers. Here are a couple pics of mine. Nice job, I'm diggin' it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Nov 4, 2014, 11:25 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #14

    Yeah I was going to as well, but the Rub n Buff seemed to be easy to keep under control
    GeneralFROSTY said: View Post
    Good work with the rub n buff. I figured to just mask it, because I know that using the rub n buff can get sloppy very easily
    Good work.. I made mine in 3D and used my resin based printer to print the masters out.
    watsonstudios said: View Post
    Love the helmet! Great job! It's nice to see accurate details. I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to replicating. My little "bullet" ends were made from a ball point pen cap and some flexible wire loom, then the center pieces were molded from woven wire covers. Here are a couple pics of mine. Nice job, I'm diggin' it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Nov 4, 2014, 11:45 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #15

    TheRocketeer said: View Post
    Yeah I was going to as well, but the Rub n Buff seemed to be easy to keep under control


    Good work.. I made mine in 3D and used my resin based printer to print the masters out.
    The tutorial was good for me to see how your technique works. I was thinking of masking off the silver areas and shooting it with Alclad chrome, but as you can imagine, all that detail masking will be more labor time.
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    Nov 4, 2014, 11:47 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #16

    Yes I was going to do the same..but I dont have the best luck with clearing the Alclad paint.. 50/50 and I needed to get the helmet done for the night

    GeneralFROSTY said: View Post
    The tutorial was good for me to see how your technique works. I was thinking of masking off the silver areas and shooting it with Alclad chrome, but as you can imagine, all that detail masking will be more labor time.
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    Nov 4, 2014, 5:46 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #17

    It looks AWESOME!!! Thanks for the tutorial. It really helps to see how other people do things.
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    Nov 5, 2014, 12:51 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #18

    Your welcome.. I hope it helps guys buying my helmet, I know it looks daunting but its really not that bad to paint/finish

    Saber Concepts said: View Post
    It looks AWESOME!!! Thanks for the tutorial. It really helps to see how other people do things.
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    Nov 5, 2014, 8:40 AM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #19

    Thanks for the painting tips!! Very good advice
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    Nov 6, 2014, 12:54 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #20

    The best I've seen
    Possible run ?
    Last edited by GORGONA; Nov 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM.
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    Nov 6, 2014, 12:56 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #21

    GORGONA said: View Post
    The best I've seen
    Possible rum ?
    Yeah! Probably also some vodka and beer involved in the making of the helmet too.

    Great work on that Curtis!
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    Nov 6, 2014, 1:05 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #22

    Thanks no rum or vodka.. there may have been beer after the fact
    dstengler said: View Post
    Yeah! Probably also some vodka and beer involved in the making of the helmet too.

    Great work on that Curtis!
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    Nov 6, 2014, 1:07 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #23

    Thank you teacher

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    Dec 3, 2014, 1:59 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #24

    My wife: 'what do you want for christmas'
    me: 'I've already chosen your gift for me...' So thank you...

    Did you buff n rub all of those small pieces with your fingers? That's pretty extreme finger-painting! I've been testing the product and while I really like it, it seems to go places I don't necessarily want - also when I shoot it with crystal clear it dulls out... Any suggestions?
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    Dec 3, 2014, 2:54 PM - Re: Finishing my Star Lord helmet :) #25

    I think he used those small disposable make-up applicators? Send him a PM

    duality said: View Post
    My wife: 'what do you want for christmas'
    me: 'I've already chosen your gift for me...' So thank you...

    Did you buff n rub all of those small pieces with your fingers? That's pretty extreme finger-painting! I've been testing the product and while I really like it, it seems to go places I don't necessarily want - also when I shoot it with crystal clear it dulls out... Any suggestions?

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