Iron Man helmet Dilemna

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by justinbauler, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. justinbauler

    justinbauler Well-Known Member

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    Hey Rpf this is my first real build thread. I recently received this beatiful helmet from Jowe on here.

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    Heres my issue...I have never done any prop working what so ever. I know the helmet needs to be primed and sanded a few times before applying paint. My question to everyone is, do you have any tips on where to start/go about starting? I really dont want to mess it up. any tips would be great, thanks!
     
  2. fettster

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    Looks like a fin head casting, in which case you are very lucky as there is very little prep work needed.

    First I would wash the helmet in soap and water just incase there is any residual wax on it from casting, once it's clean, give it a light sanding just to give the primer a slightly rougher surface to stick to. Then give it a few light coats of spray primer until it's completely covered.

    You should then see any imperfections you might want to fix before paint. If it all looks good, give it another light sand to give the paint something to cling to and go for it.

    For sanding, I like to use something like a 240-400 grade wet and dry paper. I always use it wet as it's less abrasive plus it doesn't create sanding dust

    Good luck and have fun with it
     
  3. justinbauler

    justinbauler Well-Known Member

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    yes it is a fin casting, can it be sanded with sand paper?
     
  4. john2daextreme

    john2daextreme New Member

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    nice iron man
     
  5. fettster

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    Sure but use a fine grit paper and in a well ventilated place as it will kick up a load of dust.
     
  6. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    your not going to need to do alot of cleanup either, basically just taking and oils off from the mold. then primer that bad boy!
     
  7. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    /\ What they said. The Finhead Iron Man helmet is probably the cleanest cast I have ever owned. Very little prep work.

    Have fun!....don't screw it up. :lol
     
  8. justinbauler

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    thanks for the info guys, ill prime it up this weekend and post some progress pics. I appreciate all the input
     
  9. Rdmaul

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    Justin I am confused is this a different helmet than the one you just sold me?
     
  10. j0wE

    j0wE Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is. He and i traded some stuff and I am casting one up for you. Essentially he got 2 helmets from me, but I had only sent him one. So instead of shipping him the other one, I will ship it to you.
     
  11. justinbauler

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    exactly what jowe said, but technically yes, this helmet is a perfect pull from the mold jowe uses. all 3 pieces
     
  12. justinbauler

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  13. wickedoffroad

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    wow. I am still blown away by the level of craftsmanship on alot of the peices i see on here. As for sanding and priming remember to go in small steps. you can always sand more if you find an area of need...its alot harder to repair an area youve sanded too thin. Spray the primer in thin coats allowing them to build up instead of trying to get it all covered in one spraying.
     
  14. Rdmaul

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    Ah I had a feeling that was the case but just wanted to clarify, these pulls are beautiful Finhead really outdid himself and I cannot wait to get the helmet! Thanks again guys!
     
  15. j0wE

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    :thumbsup
     
  16. propnoob74

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    That's amazing!!! I want one; j0wE!!! please PM me so we can arrange something.....

    The best helm I've seen so far....


    What a lucky man!!!! don't mess it up now!!!!

    David
     
  17. justinbauler

    justinbauler Well-Known Member

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    haha i still havent done anything to it, too afraid to screw it up
     
  18. msleeper

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    See if someone will send you scraps or something that you can test on.
     
  19. propnoob74

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  20. Finhead

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    What? Why? Just clean it with soap and water, scuff it with a red scuff pad using soap and water. Dry it and prime it. Then scuff the primer with a grey scuff pad in water, dry and paint. Easy.
    Scotch-Brite
     
  21. propnoob74

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    Then again, Like I said before, this helms are the best looking ones here...follow the instructions from the masters -Finhead and j0We....


    Can't wait to receive mine....
     
  22. NexusFX

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    yall are overthinking this way too much. the resin isnt glass. Your not going to mess anything up. Just dive in yo!!
     
  23. justinbauler

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    so basically

    1. clean helmet
    2. sand entire helmet
    3. give it 1 coat of primer
    4. check for any imperfections that needs to be sanded down
    5. give it a second coat of primes
    6. then ready for paint?
     
  24. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pretty much, yep. Though there really shouldn't be any imperfections to clean up from the looks of it...
     
  25. justinbauler

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    thanks for the reply, old thread i know

    gonna tackle this on the weekend
     
  26. hatman33

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    Wanted to know how did the paint job turn out?
     
  27. TAZNITBR

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    Humm, i think you have to do little work on it, it´s an awesome very goodlooking and clean helm you have friend, congrats!
     

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