Dont mean to brag.. but..

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Prometheus, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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  2. Darth Kahnt

    Darth Kahnt Sr Member

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    Nice buy...

    I'd put it in an autobody shop to give it the best finish. They'll be able to do it no problem.
     
  3. darienvader

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    Just make sure they add a flex additive to the paint & clear coat.
     
  4. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Nice score :)
     
  5. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good one. Makes me remember when I scored a C/A last year for a very nice price too... that's the bucket in my avatar, btw. :)
    As for the finish, I'd go with Darth Kahnt's advice - automotive paint, laid on by professional. Perfect. :)
     
  6. KevVader

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    ....a deal by today's standards....but it kills me that I could've bought one of these about 6 years ago for under $100......
     
  7. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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    Well, here are some pics of the vader lid :D


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    Now is there any specific kinds of primer and paint that must be used for vinyl?
    The last thing i want is for the primer and paint to corrode the surface..
     
  8. azuma

    azuma New Member

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    Good job, buddy. Are you going to get a Jango one later?
     
  9. Prometheus

    Prometheus Well-Known Member

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    One project at a time buddy.. B)
     
  10. brandon

    brandon New Member

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    Don't wait until it's never to be seen again, man
    go get what you want in time~~ :D
     
  11. vaderfanforever

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    Prometheus, nice score. Great price too.

    However, there are some upgrades that I did on mine that you might want to consider if you decide to troop with it...

    1. Change the padding...I removed the thin padding (after a LOT of trooping) and had KevVader install some much more comfortable stuff. It sits better on my head, and gives me a bit more breathing room.

    2. Change the straps...I removed the elastic straps and made better ones that have a buckle system that keeps the facemask from falling down my head. I have a big head, so it works great.

    3. Get a better paint job...as a few have mentioned, take the mask to an autobody shop. They will treat it right, and you will not be dissapointed. That is the firstthing I did with mine. I think it costed me about $90 for the process, well worth it though as it really makes the helmet stand out.

    4. Replace the lenses...I got the lenses replaced also. There is a guy that goes by the name of lenseman that makes great lenses. Since the CA is made to have the lenses on the outside, I want to change it to have them on the inside like it is supposed to be. That will be done later.

    Anyway, if you want to more, just shoot me a PM. I'll do my best to help.


    Elijah - VaderFanForever
     
  12. darienvader

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    If you do decide to paint it yourself, just make sure you buy the same brand of primer and paint. The first time I sprayed my Vader C/A (bought that for $90), I used different brands and the paint started to bubble off -- horrible chemical reaction. I used Plasti-kote after that on it, and all was well. I never had a problem with the helmet cracking the paint, but if you have it professionally done, add the flex just to be safe.

    I also put fans in my bucket -- one blowing in at the bottom, one blowing out at the top.
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    MY VADER PHOTO ALBUM
    Lenses were from VaderPainter, tusks from TK510, straps were taken off and tightened, new foam added with a center channel for air flow.
     
  13. Prometheus

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    Thanks for the advices guys.
    When it comes to painting it, i can go either way.
    Do it myself or take it to an automobile shop.
    But i am kinda worried about the guys at the body shop not knowing what kinds of paint and primers to use. Being made of vinyl, i am afraid that the kind of primers used for cars might be corrosive to the helmet.
    What do you guys think?
     
  14. Darth Kahnt

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    I think it would be ok. They can use the same paint as they would use for plastic/rubber bumpers, so therefore it would have the flex agent in it and it should be safe on the vinyl.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  15. Prometheus

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