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Help with Painting Replica Buckeye Helmet

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Deezeldogg, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Deezeldogg

    Deezeldogg Rookie

    I have a helmet that I'd like to make into a replica of a Buckeye helmet but I need help with finding a paint that is similar to what is used on the real helmets, or something that looks close. Anyone have any ideas or use any product to create a replica helmet? Thanks!
  2. Buckin' A

    Buckin' A Veritas Aequitas

    We did a golf cart with paint bought from Lowes. They have a grey that is pretty close and the scarlet is actually just a bright red. We downloaded a picture of the helmet and just took it to Lowes.
  3. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting. Staff Member


    Is it possible that you can contact someone at tOSU and see what they do to refinish helmets and how they might help you??? just a thought

    :osu: :osu:
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2006
  4. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    319 has it right. just take a picture to lowes or home depot. they have machines that match colors and mix paint automatically.
  5. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    If they have a good paint matcher they can show you a couple of looks for the helmet.
    The one many would like to make is a silvery gray look, that means it will need some aluminum flake or similar metallic or mica effect pigment in the paint. The other look is the gray that is used on the grill, which is actually a little darker in shade than the helmet silver-gray. Frankly Home Depot might have this, but I am not sure that is the best place to go. An even better bet is an auto-paint store, they will also have the color-matching POS machine to help you.

    A good picture to print out for them to use for matching might be at this address - its quite large!

    Note that there are actually five color fields and effects to reproduce.
    The white stripe, the black gloss banding, the center red stripe, the gray grille and the deep and shimmering field of silver-gray on the helmet itself. The two grays are different in shade, and there is no effect pigment in the grille gray paint.

    Anyway, print in hand the color-matcher will have an easy time with the red, the white, the black and (if at an auto-store) the effect gray paint. Here is how you make that deep glossy look on the helmet.

    You need a matte base coat, gray, very light is perfect. Next spray on your first "gloss" coat of the effect pigment paint (also tinted slivery gray). Let that dry. Then spray on a couple of laquer coats of untinted clear finish as a "gel-look" cover coat. Let dry. Voila, your metallic silver-gray helmet. Apply your banding working logically so that the last applied are mutiple fields of red to achieve the striping on top. (Use thin masking tape from a hobby or auto restoration store to cut clean lines).

    Hope that helps.
  6. Deezeldogg

    Deezeldogg Rookie

    Thanks for the painting tips sandgk, that really helps. I have a gray facemask already. There is actually a guy on Ebay that sells all of the decals--stripes, leaves, number, flag, ncaa--as a package. But I may just buy colored electrical tape to do the stripe myself and then buy the leaves--the other decals aren't that important to me. I will definitely try the auto store first since the closest Lowes is 45 minutes away.
  7. coltsfan16

    coltsfan16 Freshman

    I would think that home depot or sherwin williams would have the same tools. any of the mega chains should have all the same stuff.

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