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Tips? Sanding and Repainting Anovos Kit

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Hello Squad. I need to sand and repaint my Anovos kit. I have never had to refinish finished armor so I'm somewhat hesistant. Any tips on what sandpaper to use, techniques, etc. ?

 

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I have to ask, why would you need to sand and repaint?

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I have to ask, why would you need to sand and repaint?

Maybe it's a tfa kit.

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Then prime at least twice , sanding in between. Then paint at least twice following paint can instructions for multiple coats.

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Then prime at least twice , sanding in between. Then paint at least twice following paint can instructions for multiple coats.

Any specific kind of primer? Also what brand and color of finish paint do you suggest? (This is the TFA Anovos Kit)

 

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For the alpha kits we were told to use Rust-Oleum 2x white primer, and Rust-Oleum 2x glossy paint, to match the fiberglass helm closely. No clear coat was suggested but some did that too. Some used automotive paint designed to be tougher and flexible to prevent some damage. I didn't keep mine long, but I had it well protected in travel , and I could tell where the suit would begin to wear. I presume two or three coats of gloss white will be good for a while.

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For the alpha kits we were told to use Rust-Oleum 2x white primer, and Rust-Oleum 2x glossy paint, to match the fiberglass helm closely. No clear coat was suggested but some did that too. Some used automotive paint designed to be tougher and flexible to prevent some damage. I didn't keep mine long, but I had it well protected in travel , and I could tell where the suit would begin to wear. I presume two or three coats of gloss white will be good for a while.

Cool thanks for the input. I have read that some folks used Rust-Oleum and it messed up their kits pretty bad. Perhaps it was a freak thing though.

 

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Consumer spray paint has issues. Mixing brands is bad. Heat and humidity and not following the can guidelines for repeat coats ...Waiting too long then not waiting long enough...Always messes things up. If you have space, and a week, take the time. I know some had it painted at a shop...Great results, costly, but likely great results. Can always weather it lighly instead .

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Or you can spend 1k on a pro job and forget about it forever lol

 

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I also came around to "Perfect Match Automotive Paint" (Pure White). It can be found at Advanced AutoParts. It has a creamy look to it.

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Or you can spend 1k on a pro job and forget about it forever lol

 

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I'd never forget spending a months rent on a paint job....
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@Jayben Kenobi   How did the project go? I'm in the same situation now and doing my homework. Couple fellas in the Garrison did theirs with the Rustoleum 2x with good results. I plan to do the same, but always looking for pointers from those with real experience.

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Hello! Rust-Oleum worked great with mine. No issues at all for me.

[mention=29709]Jayben Kenobi[/mention]   How did the project go? I'm in the same situation now and doing my homework. Couple fellas in the Garrison did theirs with the Rustoleum 2x with good results. I plan to do the same, but always looking for pointers from those with real experience.


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14 hours ago, Jayben Kenobi said:

Hello! Rust-Oleum worked great with mine. No issues at all for me.

 


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How about the sanding? I'm being told 400  grit is the way to go. Did you wet and dry sand?? Any pointers on that... going to start that this weekend!

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I don't believe it had to wet sand mine. I did get something called a tack cloth that I used to get the dust off of my armor. They are pretty cheap and work very well to remove dust.

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Wet sanding is not the end all but is good for a few reasons,. It reduces dust in the air, lungs, eyes, etc. Increases sandpaper longevity, and highly important in my book it reduces the possibility of particles getting trapped under the primer and paint. Speaking of paint, if you elect to pro paint you'll definitely want every spec of dust removed from every crack prior to even priming.  Other than that good ole (non wet) sandpaper works just fine and 400 grit is highly recommended as it provides a good bonding surface with the primer and paint.  

Hope this helps

 

 

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