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I’ve been pretty busy with house projects this summer, but trying to get the hang of patching up the holes in my abdominal and kidney plates with ABS paste in my spare time.

 

Its definitely not as easy as I though it would be, but I’m guessing I’m doing something wrong too, so I’m hoping to get some advice!

 

I tried using a thicker paste, but after sanding it down, I found that there were lots of little holes in and around where I’d put the paste - it had nearly turned into a honeycomb! 
 

Now I’m trying with a thinner paste and just filling slowly layer by layer, but still getting the honeycomb effect… also looks like even though I’ve been careful about cleaning it, some dirt go into the abs, darkening it a little, so I’m concerned that it won’t really blend that well (maybe from sanding?).


Any thoughts on what I could be doing better to avoid the holes and the discoloration?

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Thanks!

 

Worst case I’ll clean it up as best as I can and then just put rivets back intro the original holes… might not get Centurion, but at least it’ll be wearable! 

 

Update to my TK to-do list:

 

- Glue pouch for phone and cable management system to chest plate (or maybe abdominal plate) for sound system

- Remove top two rivets on ab and kidney plates, patch hole with ABS paste, sand and polish, correctly place rivets ~20mm from top, and midway between bottom and top as per reference, and paint rivets.

- Replace thigh ammo belt with new ammo belt with corrected corners, paint new rivets

- Replace current left abdominal strapping with less screen accurate but more handy webbing and velcro

 

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I find several thinner coats of ABS paste helps to reduce the amount of holes, takes longer but is less work, the thicker and deeper it is the more air bubbles seem to foam, I guess that's the thinners drying inside and it's confined when the outside forms a skin.

 

Some times you are just left with holes when you sand and I apply a little bondo/filler then paint to match.

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59 minutes ago, gmrhodes13 said:

I find several thinner coats of ABS paste helps to reduce the amount of holes, takes longer but is less work, the thicker and deeper it is the more air bubbles seem to foam, I guess that's the thinners drying inside and it's confined when the outside forms a skin.

 

Some times you are just left with holes when you sand and I apply a little bondo/filler then paint to match.


Fair enough. Slow and steady and thin it is!

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vor 13 Stunden schrieb 1nfern0:

Any thoughts on what I could be doing better to avoid the holes and the discoloration?

 

Regarding the holes in the ABS paste: When I was filling up the thigh gaps it helped me to press down on the paste. You can find how I applied ABS paste on my build thread here:

 

 

 

I hope this might be helpful!

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5 hours ago, Morgi said:

 

Regarding the holes in the ABS paste: When I was filling up the thigh gaps it helped me to press down on the paste. You can find how I applied ABS paste on my build thread here:

 

 

 

I hope this might be helpful!

Wow you did awesomely with yours! I’ll definitely copy what you did. I also found that a toothpick was the best sized applicator. 
 

thanks!!

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vor 1 Stunde schrieb 1nfern0:

Wow you did awesomely with yours! I’ll definitely copy what you did. I also found that a toothpick was the best sized applicator. 
 

thanks!!

 

So glad to hear that! I'm looking forward to seeing your results! 

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