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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by von birch, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. von birch
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
    Posts: 205

    von birch

    I'm looking to airbrush a ice hockey goalie mask. I know I can make it look good, but is there a recommendable product to use to help the clear coat's durability? Theoretically it would be getting hit with hockey pucks, so it needs to be extremely chip-resistant. Maybe a flexibilizer or something?

    I've tried to find answers elsewhere, but not finding anything helpful. I know it's not directly hot rod related, but I wondered if maybe someone could offer advice or there was some sort of chassis clear coat that might be more resilient
  2. ev88f
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
    Posts: 371


    Flex agent for plastic bumpers maybe?
  3. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,818

    from KCMO

    You need an inter coat adhesion promoter. It isn't the toughness of the top layer that matters.
  4. metalmike13
    Joined: May 13, 2006
    Posts: 355

    from Glass City

    The flex agent won't work well. It stays pliable for awhile, but eventually it will harden. It is primarily made so that during assembly of flexible parts they won't crack or chip. What if you coated it with Line-X , Rhino liner or a similar product first, then airbrush over?

  5. colordeluxe
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 31


    Forget the flex additive, adhesion promoter is needed if the mask is bare plastic. The main thing is to activate your base color so it will crosslink with the clear. Use a good quality high solids clear and let it air dry.
  6. One Shot sign paint makes a product called Ti -Cote clear. HRP


    <center>[SIZE=+0]A waterborne primer/barrier intended for use on most flexible synthetic favrics including untreated (non-ERC) banner materials, canvas, leather, leatherette, naugahyde and most synthetic awning fabrics.[/SIZE]</center>
  7. von birch
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
    Posts: 205

    von birch

    i understand the importance of the adhesion promoter, and the helmet is small enough and thick enough that it doesnt flex very much, my main concern is more or less impact resistance.
  8. If the mask shape isn't too complex(compound curves), maybe cover it with clear wrap or 3M clear rock protector film?
  9. J53
    Joined: Aug 8, 2005
    Posts: 236

    from WI

    Adhesion promoter as others have stated and then just paint as if it was anything else and it will hold up just fine, mine all have. Airbrush as much as possible to keep paint thickness down. Keep in mind, although at a high speed, a puck is a blunt object and the mask will move and absorb some of the blow. Its not like a stone hitting a car fender (fixed object), that's where chips come in. It's no different than painting any other helmet, gas tank, car, etc...
  10. von birch
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
    Posts: 205

    von birch

    hey, thanks, that's a big help. definitely didnt expect advice from someone who has done it before here haha.
  11. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,078

    Kona Cruisers

    What level hockey ? I have a clocked 98 mph slap shot, and I aim at helmets...
    But I can promise you leaving the helmet in the gear bag is harder on the paint job then any game

    Sent from my DROID device using the TJJ mobile app
  12. von birch
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
    Posts: 205

    von birch

    im just doing it because i like hockey and i like painting. im not a goalie, im just going to paint one up for the hell of it, but im also trying to put together a little custom paint resume for myself. i just play with the old guys in the beer leagues anymore. i clocked a 92 mph back when i was playing regularly. and yeah, i agree, maybe ill get a helmet bag to sell along with it!
  13. paint2live
    Joined: Apr 9, 2011
    Posts: 23


    I agree, this is your best bet. and remember its not bulletproof its paint
  14. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 6,023

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    I did one for my buddy Ron, in Candy Brandwine, to match his car. Just did it in all HOK materials, including clear. Held up OK.

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