Adam Savage's Black Series Mando Helmet

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Jedisushi

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I build gunpla/Gundam from time to time, and Pledge is very popular as a gloss coat. You can airbrush it or use a paint brush. It has excellent self-leveling properties and makes a great surface on which to apply the finicky water slide decals.

Wonderful stuff!
 

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E Williams

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And does adding clear coat over silver paint can give that amazing chrome finish? or depends brand of silver used?
No, it only worked in this situation because of how the Black Series helmet is made. The factory finish on it is chromed plastic with a matte clear coat sprayed over it - when Adam sprayed it with the gloss clear, the matte coat was largely counteracted, restoring the chrome finish.
 

drftfan

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Got my second one clear coated, smoothed, polished and weathered. I sparyed this one with a gloss clear coat and in a few places it glossed up. Not all over like Adams did.
Do NOT use sandpaper on these helmets no matter what. The stock paint job is massively thin. I ended up using #oooo steel wool to smooth out the clear coat.
 

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woodywaverider

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Future floor wax is the go to, it’s a clear liquid acrylic that dries super hard and shiny. Using it as a clear coat is about as old as model kits, I remember first hearing about it from the guys at the hobby shop when I was a kid.

Edit: it’s called Pledge now

Funnily enough I used to use futures floor wax as a finish coat back in the days that I used to make surfboard, I no idea they had changed the name
 

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TheLordFett

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Whilst very reflective mine is very sort of waver looking, gave I sprayed in too thick coats or am I doing so thing else wrong? Thanks
 

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woodywaverider

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Whilst very reflective mine is very sort of waver looking, gave I sprayed in too thick coats or am I doing so thing else wrong? Thanks
‘Orange peel’ is normally from the paint being too thick, or not leaving the correct timing between coats.

Lots of fine coats are much better than 1 or 2 heavy coats.

‘Fish eyes’ are normally caused by contaminants either in the paint line, such as oil from the compressor, or on the surface, such as silicon residue. Depending on the finish even dust spect can cause them.

‘Cracking’ is usually caused by incompatible paint types, or by applying a top coat before the base has fully cured.

Hope that helps and good luck.
 
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TheLordFett

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‘Orange peel’ is normally from the paint being too thick, or not leaving the correct timing between coats.

Lots of fine coats are much better than 1 or 2 heavy coats.

‘Fish eyes’ are normally caused by contaminants either in the paint line, such as oil from the compressor, or on the surface, such as silicon residue. Depending on the finish even dust spect can cause them.

‘Cracking’ is usually caused by incompatible paint types, or by applying a top coat before the base has fully cured.

Hope that helps and good luck.
Thanks, I appreciate it!! It was the orange peel look, eased it back with some automotive scratch remover and it polished up really nice. I’m blown away by it for the price and the results you can get with very little effort.
 

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