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Hello everyone, I recently got my hands on a full set of Jimmi's FOTK armor and helmet. The kicker is......it's v1! Lots of work ahead of me to make this thing look good. The armor and helmet were painted but I think it might have been painted with two different brands of white. The armor appears to be an off white and does not match the helmet. There was also no surface prep done before painting, so the first thing I started with was stripping the paint.

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Here are the before and after pics of the bicep armor. Had to make cuts one side of each bicep and cut out the pill holes. I will also need to fill in one side of the diamond for each.

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For the helmet I actually just wet sanded with 400 grit, let it dry and then hit with some filler primer. Got some areas that will need some glazing and spot putty before moving forward. A question I did have about the black on the helmet, is it gloss or matte? I have been seeing both ways on builds, and need some clarification.

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I have started hitting the parts with filler primer, this way I can see better all the areas and pin holes that need to corrected. I let the primer cure for 24 hours before starting to go over with the glaze and spot putty. From here I will let it dry for another 24 hours and then start to wet sand with 400 grit. 

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Another question I have is, why do you cut out the chest vent and is it absolutely necessary?

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I used gloss black on my helmet.

 

No you don't have to cut the chest vent, stickers or paint is fine.

 

Looking forward to the progress

 

 

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@gmrhodes13 thanks for the info.

 

I worked on the kit all weekend, though it may not seem like it from pictures. But I am determined to get the surface as close to perfect as possible. 

 

I started with wet sanding some pieces with 400 grit then 600 and finished with 2000 to get a real nice smooth finish. Then gave those pieces another coat of primer.

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After the primer, the shoulders and hand plates revealed a few more areas that needed some to be touched up with spot putty. The knee armor looked good so after letting the primer dry all day I wet sanded with 400 grit to a nice smooth finish and then applied a coat of the gloss white. Unfortunately the paint splattered out of the nozzle on one of knees and the other knee revealed some small areas that need a touch up of spot putty. 

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After letting everything dry for overnight, wet sanded and applied more glazing and spot putty, a lot more! But like I said, I am determined to get this surface near perfect!

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So my week has consisted of sanding, priming, filling, sanding, priming.....and the cycle continues! However, I was able to get some of the smaller pieces ready to attempt another go at applying the gloss white. And I would say that all my surface prep is finally looking like it is paying off. 

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This after the first coat of gloss white. Already really shiny. I will be letting the paint dry for 24 hours then wet sanding with 2000 grit before applying 2 more coats of the white. 

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Got some work done on the helmet as well. Went over areas with spotty putty, wet sanded with 400 grit, then applied a new coat of primer. Might be getting close to actually start painting.

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Wet Sanded

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New Primer

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Coming along nicely, looking forward to seeing it all painted, I remember the excitement seeing mine all in white ;) 

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That is coming along really well. I’m jumping in the thread late, but my kit is Jim so I like to be of help. I cut out the vents on mine and used gaffers tape to cover in the interior. It just feels a little more accurate, but decals or paint is fine too.

What are you painting with? That’s really good looking shine. I’m revamping my paint soon and want to emulate what you are doing.


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@gmrhodes13 the excitement is definitely there seeing parts getting the white. 

 

@FN-1313 I am familiar with your build as I have used your WIP as one of my references for my build. I will probably paint my chest vent and if I decide I don't like it I may go back and cut it. 

Here is a picture of the gloss white I am using and the gloss clear coat I plan on using. I found these in the automotive section at Walmart. 

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On 6/1/2019 at 11:30 AM, BigSwish said:

@gmrhodes13 the excitement is definitely there seeing parts getting the white. 

 

@FN-1313 I am familiar with your build as I have used your WIP as one of my references for my build. I will probably paint my chest vent and if I decide I don't like it I may go back and cut it. 

Here is a picture of the gloss white I am using and the gloss clear coat I plan on using. I found these in the automotive section at Walmart. 

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Same stuff I used. Well good to know as I’m touching up my armor again this summer so I plan on doing that. I’m also going to look into some other car wax items that are better than what I used last time.

 

you may find after a while paint scrapes happen. If so, I’m finding that too and as such it’s a constant touch up.

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I know I've been quiet on here for a while but still working away. I finally got a method of painting that I am satisfied with and I think the results turned out pretty good. 

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Finally after about 10 attempts, I was able to get the helmet painted and clear coated without some bug or other airborne debris landing on it. I'm not overly thrilled about my lines from the black, but it will do for now. My method was 2 coats primer, wet sand with 400 grit, 2 coats gloss white, 2 coats gloss clear. After about a week I wet sanded with 2000 grit (firm but careful not to go through clear coat), then buffed with Meguiar's Polishing Compound, and finally waxed with Meguiars Cleaner Wax. 

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Very shiny, nice work

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You are doing a great job, looking forward to seeing you fully kitted up and approved.

 

 

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On 7/30/2019 at 8:58 AM, heartstopper85 said:

very nice job; how much was those cans compared to reg rusto

It’s about a $2 difference. 

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How are you going Craig? Still making some progress?


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