I came up with this idea and after a few attempts worked out a great solution for those who want to look good on and off the field, this mod will even work with the problematic JT flex pro masks and still keep the majority of the flexibility that makes the flex pros rock.
I wanted something that could take a hit and clean up like a stock mask, took a few tries with different ideas but this worked the best.
Favorite camo cloth
3M super 77 (they have a stronger formula, that should work as well)
new exacto knife
Outdoor Modge Podge (craft store)
1000 grit wetsand paper (Auto zone)
This is a shot of everything dissasembled before being wetsanded to obtain a flat matte look
This is a closeup of the mask before being wetsanded and re-assembled.
I didnt have the forethought to take progress pics, but since it looks like I will be doing this for a couple of people now, I will make sure to take pics as it comes together.
In a nutshell, this is the process.
Grab a peice of your favorite cloth, for my project, I wanted a ACUPAT and picked up a ACU bandana from my local outdoor store. (I want to get ahold of the new ultralite ACU from the online store and use that material next time for a perfect match to my gear)
completely break down your mask, remove the lense, everything and give it a good cleaning.
Get a can of 3M super 77 spray adhesive
and liberally spray both the mask and the back of your favorite cloth
For my ACU cloth, I cut the peices I needed before spraying.
Once you spray both your mask and cloth, let it sit for a minute or two, it helps the adhesion.
Apply the cloth to your mask, making sure not to get any wrinkles in the cloth, it will stick together and can be a pain to pull apart to get smooth.
Take your exacto knife and slit where your air vents are, if you do this quickly, you can take advantage of the tack on the back of the cloth to stick it to the inside of your vent holes.
Once you have covered all of what you want covered, get yourself a bottle of outdoor use Modge Podge (I found mine at my local craft store, Roberts crafts) and apply several light coats to the mask, waiting 15 mins to dry inbetween coats and I found that using a foam brush worked the best when it came time to wetsand.
Also, on every coat, I used a tupperware orange peeler to keep the vent holes clean, on my first attempt I didnt clean out the vent holes and had a huge mess, took me a couple of hours with an exacto knife to clean out the holes, learn from my mistake. anything that is flat and small enough to get in between your vents would work just as well, I just had this sitting in the kitchen when I went looking for something to use and it worked perfect.
Once you have applied several coats (I applied 10 coats to my gear) let it cure 24 hours at least before attempting to wetsand.
I used 1000 grit wetsand paper to sand my mask and gloves, took some patience but I wanted a good flat matte look, no gloss finish giving me away.
I dont have a pic with the finished product yet, ill take that tonight, I hate to admidt it, but I took several hits right in the grill last saturday and the mask cleaned up perfectly.
I hope this might help someone looking for a camo solution for thier goggles like I was.
This is a picture of my sons mask that was my first attempt, hasnt been wetsanded but you get the idea, we are going to replace his lense with a smoke or clear and get the ACUPAT goggle skin for it. should look really good.
This post has been edited by Hellspawn: 05 June 2006 - 03:54 PM