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#1 User is offline   Warwitch 

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Post icon  Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

Just finished my latest mask painting project. I decided to go with a steampunk theme on this one. As promised I took pics throughout the process and I will attempt a little "how to" (or at least "how I did" lol )

Here is a list of the supplies I used:

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X-acto knife with # 11 M blade
200 grit sand paper
sponge pad
alcohol (not pictured)
roll of soft release masking tape
Krylon Fusion spray paint (gloss black, copper hammered and choco brown hammered)
stiff bristle round brush
soft flat brush
fine liner brush

OK, first things first I removed the goggle strap. Then I gave the whole thing a good scuffing with the 200 grit sand paper. I know Krylon says "no sanding required" but in my experience its always best to give the paint something to really bite to.

I then wiped the entire mask down with a damp sponge pad to remove most of the dust. Then a follow up wipe with the alcohol to remove any dampness or oil residue.

Next I taped off the lense and foam. Take care not to cut into the lense when trimming the tape off. Also remember to tape the vent holes in the top of the frame (inside) to prevent misting the lense.

I gave the whole thing a base coat of gloss black. This was to be the color of the vents and has to be done first.

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Then I dry brushed the vents with a contrasting color (choco brown.) I did this by first spraying a bit of color on a piece of cardboard and dipping the brush in it. Then I removed most of the paint by dabbing it on a dry area of the cardboard. Next I lightly brushed the tip across the vents to give it a worn and weathered look.

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After letting the venting areas dry for a couple of hours I started masking them off. This was a tedious task of overlaying the tape, slowly working it into the corners and finally trimming it out. It probably took two hours to do complete this part. :meh:

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Next I painted the frame area with a couple coats of the Choco Brown Hammered Fusion. I chose the hammered finishes because I thought it would give a cool effect to the mask.

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Again I let the paint dry for a couple hours to harden adequately enough to handle. Then I taped off the frame and a portion of the lowers.

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The remaining areas I hit with the Copper Hammered Fusion for a good contrasting metalic look. I forgot to take a pic at this stage :doh: sorry.

I let the entire mask sit and cure for a full 24 hours before removing the masked areas. Carefully picking them up by lifting one edge with the X-acto knife. I used the soft flat brush to paint the JT emblems in contrasting shades for detail. I also did touch up with the fine liner brush and the appropriate colors using cardboard as a pallate like before.

Here is the finished product!

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Thats all for now. Thanks for looking!
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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:54 PM

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:14 PM

That's an awesome paintjob. Great work.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:04 PM

that is really nicely done....just worried about how well the paint will hold up....
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Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:12 PM

Dude, that looks hella sick. That is definitely one of my favorite masks. Well done sir.
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Post icon  Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:49 PM

Amazing what the little time and spray paint can do
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Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:52 PM

Wow. I am truly impressed with the quality of the work you did. VERY nicely done, and good choice of color palette.
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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:00 PM

Good work..you should do one with green venting like the pic with the tape in it..that looks sick too
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Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:11 PM

Much thanks guys. :)

View PostT-Freak, on Feb 21 2009, 04:00 PM, said:

Good work..you should do one with green venting like the pic with the tape in it..that looks sick too



Heh, check the link below. I did a cyote/brown/olive one for my wife a few weekss ago.

<<<<<Wifey's flex 8>>>>>

Edit: Oh I see, you mean black and green......

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:19 AM

Really nice mask man it looks so kickbutt :panzer: :ghillie:
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

How's the paint held up on both masks??
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 05:54 AM

View PostTHE Biscuit, on Mar 5 2009, 04:22 PM, said:

How's the paint held up on both masks??



After several weekends of heavy woodsball play the camo one I did for my wife is holding up spectacularly. The SP one not so well. This could be due to several factors from what I can tell.

1: The one I painted for my wife was originaly the camo model. Which had some type of factory coating on it. Very rubbery. Maybe the paint bonded better to this surface than the stock one. The stock black mask was the standard hard JT plastic.

2: The camo Fusion seemed to bond better in general than the metallic colors. The camo stuff also flexes WAY more too with minimal stress cracking.

The prep work on both masks was exactly the same.

I will definitely be doing more experiments over the next couple months. I see that Plasti Dip is now offering a "mix your own colors" kit. Lots of potential there.
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 12:39 PM

View PostWarwitch, on Mar 9 2009, 05:54 AM, said:

View PostTHE Biscuit, on Mar 5 2009, 04:22 PM, said:

How's the paint held up on both masks??



After several weekends of heavy woodsball play the camo one I did for my wife is holding up spectacularly. The SP one not so well. This could be due to several factors from what I can tell.

1: The one I painted for my wife was originaly the camo model. Which had some type of factory coating on it. Very rubbery. Maybe the paint bonded better to this surface than the stock one. The stock black mask was the standard hard JT plastic.

2: The camo Fusion seemed to bond better in general than the metallic colors. The camo stuff also flexes WAY more too with minimal stress cracking.

The prep work on both masks was exactly the same.

I will definitely be doing more experiments over the next couple months. I see that Plasti Dip is now offering a "mix your own colors" kit. Lots of potential there.


Thanks for the reply. My experience with painting my Flex8 was a whole lot of fail. The grey vent materaial seemed to take the paint just fine but the rest of the mask not so much.
Thanks for the heads up on Plastidip....I am going to be investigating that a bit more.
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 12:56 PM

Awesome job. Look amazing. Looking forward to seeing more.
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