Spot Putty Softening Resin?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Kevin Gossett, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I recently received a raw cast of roblenzz's Cap TFA helmet, and started prepping it for paint. The cast was very clean, so there was only very minor clean-up work to do. I sanded a couple of rough areas down, and used some Bondo Glazing & Spot Putty to fill in a few areas. Using the putty, I put very light "skim" coats over the areas that needed it, and removed the excess. Once it dried I sanded it smooth and threw some primer over the whole thing.

    After that dried I noticed a couple of soft spots that, at the time, I believed to be just the paint bubbling up. I used my hobby knife to remove the bubble (and planned on just sanding the area down again and glazing with the putty again), but I noticed that a thin layer of the resin had actually separated with the paint. I thought it was strange, but continued on. After the next round of putty/prime/sand, I now have 2 more soft spots about the size of a quarter.

    I did a little more reading and discovered that if too much of the solvent used in the putty makes contact with the resin, it will soften it. I didn't think I used that much, but I guess I did. So my question is, will those areas reharden? Or is there anything I can do to shore those areas up?

    The overall shape of the helmet is still intact, so I'm not overly concerned about it. I just don't want to have more issues crop up from this later if they can be addressed now.

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