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#1 User is offline   The_Kingpin 

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 07:37 PM

Hey guys out there in internet land!
I'm buying new Empire Event, but the ACU camo paint it comes with doesn't match our team jerseys.
our jerseys are a darker woodland camo

can someone give me a simple step by step guide to painting the Empire Event?
id like it to match the jerseys...
(invert woodland jersey and pants)

Help please?
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 08:24 PM

well, it may be hard to do, i think the most simple way would be to airbrush a "candy" color over the whole pattern. candy colors are transparent to a degree, and the color you choose could darken the ACU pattern. but it would take the right color to do it, testing shades, etc.....

other than that, it would be going the full route, sanding, stripping, stencils......headaches.

good luck bud.
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:06 PM

View PostNiceguy74, on Jan 29 2009, 08:24 PM, said:

well, it may be hard to do, i think the most simple way would be to airbrush a "candy" color over the whole pattern. candy colors are transparent to a degree, and the color you choose could darken the ACU pattern. but it would take the right color to do it, testing shades, etc.....

other than that, it would be going the full route, sanding, stripping, stencils......headaches.

good luck bud.


id rather do the full route, start from scratch and all that.
i hope this wont be the first mask i paint, so id like the practice...
as my mother used to say "its an adventure"
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:00 PM

in that case, the hardest part will be the digital stencil look. there are kits, tips and all of it around here.

just be sure to sand down the mask and the paint thats on it now, but you dont have to go down to plastic or anything, just breaking up the surface to give the new paint something to grab on to.
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:29 PM

View PostNiceguy74, on Jan 29 2009, 10:00 PM, said:

in that case, the hardest part will be the digital stencil look. there are kits, tips and all of it around here.

just be sure to sand down the mask and the paint thats on it now, but you dont have to go down to plastic or anything, just breaking up the surface to give the new paint something to grab on to.


yeah, im making a sort of list of tips and tricks for that digital look, ill be sure to post it if it ever gets done.

but i need details, like what kind of sanding?(paper or block) and what grit?(a low number like 80 or higher like 200)
then do i primer it? what kind of primer? any specific brands?
that sort of stuff

BTW, thanks for the help so far Mr. Niceguy74
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:14 AM

the problem with painting events is how they are really flexible and rubbery. i dont know exactly how to but i think regular paint will chip because of how flexible it is.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 07:37 AM

Brymo is correct. Due to the mask being flexible most paints will quickly chip and peel. Duracoat has an additive, Duraflex, that is supposed to "rubberize" the paint and make it more flexible but it's still not enough on even the stiffer masks.

No, Duracoat doesn't need to be baked. It hardens through a chemical reaction and the use of their hardening agent. Durabake on the other hand needs to be heat treated.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 11:49 AM

^^ they speeks da truth.

as for the other questions, no block sanding. it just wont cut it.

use higher grade sand papers, the higher the grade, the finer the scratches.220 is a good started, then go up a bit to smooth it out if it looks rough. then you can primer it. being that it is a flexible mask, look for a paint that has a bit of flex to it. avaoid enamels, they dry stiff, but they are also the toughest shell. i have ran into some comon spray cans that form a nice hard shell, yet have the flex to stay on a mask.

be sure to browse through the threads in here tho.....lots of info on things you can ask, without having to ask them. its all here.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 01:59 PM

Instead of trying to paint a mask as flexible as the E-Vent, consider the "Hellspawn mod"... it's working for my Profiler.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:13 PM

thats right......i forgot about that one.
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 09:05 PM

Puzuma does speak the truth. I've painting one mask in the past using duracoats flex additive but it did not adhear to the ruberized plastic as I hoped it would and simply flaked off. There are masks out there that can be painted called Save Phase and a few other low end masks but your kinda stuck.

The only ray of hope I can give you is to check out Krylon's spray paint for flexible plastics (I can't remember the exact product name, but they sell it at home depot). My brother tried this on a couple of his masks and it did alright.

Here is a Save Phase mask I just painted, Spec Ops will soon begin to carry this mask (along with an assortment of other Camo masks) in stock for those who are interested.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:30 PM

....and it comes in OMNIPAT!!!!!!

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 12:23 AM

Well sort of, I'm taking some of Save Phases paintable masks and painting them Omni myself. You'll be seeing them on the website within he next week.


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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:44 AM

Hey Guys, thanks for all the help. but I'm curious.
how does Empire paint their Events then?

some sort of alien technology? hahaha

once again thanks for the help!

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:00 AM

They don't paint them. The masks are molded in those colors.
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