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Posted 02 April 2010 - 01:31 PM

Aright, well the forum seems to have decided to not want me to upload anything, so if you know what i3's look like, then you're good. If not, then google is your friend :laugh:

Anyway, As opposed to shelling out another ~40$+, Is it possible to paint the colored patch that surrounds the lens holder?
Not the lens holder itself, but if you take apart the mask, i mean the colored area that would be directly under the lens. If so, what would the best way be to go about this?

I have a red/black, and was recently pointed out that, although it looks "mad cool", i do tend to be very visible in the woods. If i was up at my field, it wouldn't matter as much since everything there is mostly built so its hard to blend in to begin with, but i do mostly woodsball, and seems as though it may be good to try and hide it.


Do note that I'm not unable to buy another mask, so if there is anything with similar comfortability that anyone knows about but is cheaper than the like 60-70$ range, please point me in the right direction.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:07 PM

what mask do you have?

If ou are going to be painting plastic, first prep the area your going to paint. sand it with a ligth grit sandpaper and clean off the plastic with alcohol (i believe) and then paint it. Thats basically all there is to painting something , just be patient and take your time.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:35 PM

Sorry if you misunderstood in my first post, I have Dye I3 Pro's Color scheme Black/Red
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Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:49 AM

The inserts & lens frame are the red part, right? They are just hard plastic & not flexible like the rest of the mask, they should paint fine. A good cleaning, sanding & cleaning again should be enough to prep it for paint. Hit it w/ a couple coats of clearcoat after painting to help protect the finish. My mask takes a fair amount of abuse (bushes, paintballs, etc...) & the hard plastic portions of my Profiler have held up really well.
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Posted 06 April 2010 - 10:18 AM

View Postger, on Apr 6 2010, 12:49 PM, said:

The inserts & lens frame are the red part, right? They are just hard plastic & not flexible like the rest of the mask, they should paint fine. A good cleaning, sanding & cleaning again should be enough to prep it for paint. Hit it w/ a couple coats of clearcoat after painting to help protect the finish. My mask takes a fair amount of abuse (bushes, paintballs, etc...) & the hard plastic portions of my Profiler have held up really well.


What would you recommend for the cleaning of the area? Just some detergent/water mix, or some type of special cleaner?
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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:57 AM

Just Dawn dishsoap/water before & after sanding. The sanding will get most of what is needed off, the soap is just to make sure the surface is clean.
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Posted 06 April 2010 - 02:15 PM

I don't think any paint would stay on the I3. No matter how much flex agent or prep you do.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 05:45 PM

View Postslinkyaroo, on Apr 6 2010, 05:15 PM, said:

I don't think any paint would stay on the I3. No matter how much flex agent or prep you do.

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Well, idk it feels slightly plasticky, so if i get some krylon fusion it might work, but ill test it on a small part first to see anyway.

The krylon is supposedly made to chemically bond itself to plastic, so it may take to the mask better then just airbrush paint or hand painting. If it doesnt work out, i may just buy a pair of flex 8's or proflexes in black, depending on my budget whenever.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:32 AM

I'm sorry... I was thinking about the original I3's, overlooked you mentioning the Pro's. My bad.

The red portion is a more rubberized material, rather than hard plastic, that certainly makes painting it more difficult. Fortunately it's an area that doesn't really flex like the bottom of the mask. I have paint on the soft portions (ears) of my Profiler, it is cracking & pealed some but has held on for the most part for almost a year. It's Krylon & I never used a clear coat.

Painting the red is worth a shot, it's not like they'll be ruined.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:46 AM

Rubber bad hard plastic good. There are a few kinds of paints out there meant for painting rubberized plastics though. I think Krylon Fusion is one of them and I've talked with a few people who have had good results.


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Posted 07 April 2010 - 04:25 PM

Nice, next time i get a free weekend then i know what I'm gonna do. Ill try and post up before and after pics, if it decides to let me upload by then.
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 09:17 AM

I painted my Grill using this Krylon H2O paint or something. It's latex based and sticks pretty well. Though I only did the hard plastic on my Grills, so I don't know how it would go on a rubbery part. Everything that got on my flexible rubber I tried to clean off.

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 09:34 AM

I like the purple however it looks like you were trying to match your gun. I would of suggested painting a layer of white first and that would of lighted up that purple significantly. Just for future reference I guess.


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