Wow it’s been forever since I posted on here, much to my dismay. Now that the brunt of Winter is over and it is starting to warm up again, I’ve started working on some smaller projects. Sorry no video’s for the next couple of projects; this one doesn’t really warrant a video and I plainly forgot on the next one. So consider them just small updates.
First things firsts, I upgraded my auto-darkening welding mask with a new paint job. From this …
… to this …
The steps were really easy, hence why no video.
- Remove all removable parts. This includes all screens, screws and the head brace. Get it down to raw plastic with nothing else.
- Remove all stickers. As you can see from the top photo there is a black sticker with some yellow stripes, underneath the adjustable knob. The internal stickers don’t matter so much.
- Block up all the holes with tape and cardboard. I didn’t want to paint the inside of my mask (what is the point right?). Do this from the back, and for where the main piece of glass is in the front, I just cut out a piece of cardboard the same size and slotted it in. I recommend using thin card, like a breakfast cereal box or something.
- Sand it. No doubt your mask will be as smooth as a babies behind. Which inherently, is not so good for paint to stick to. Rough it up, to give the paint something to stick to. I just use my hand with some 120 grit.
- Primer. Some people use white, I used grey. I gave the helmet, 3 coats of grey primer, with a hand sanding of 120 grit between coats.
- Paint it. I like green, so I painted mine helmet green. Also being an Australian, I figured green and gold would look cool. Put on 3 coats of your base colour, again sanding between each coat.
- Now comes the gold. So apparently good glitter spray is hard to come by, so I did some research and apparently the Rust-Oleum 267689 Gold Glitter is the best to use. It’s also extremely hard to find in Australia! For those who are interested, I eventually found some here http://www.ckpainting.com.au/
- BUT BE CAUTIOUS WITH THE GLITTER. It comes out thick and fast and can easily cover up other colours, just distance as you spray to help even it out and do the spraying somewhere you don’t care that glitter gets to.
- After the glitter had dried I simply gave a generous helping of clear, high gloss, quick drying enamel. Again 3 coats with half hour drying time between.