Cheap Visor Tinting Alternative

GunGryphon

Jr Member
Greetings Fellow 405th Members.
I have found a special gold spray paint that is cheap, and has a one-way glass finish. The Design Master Billiant Gold 731. This paint dosn't use the same solvents as normal spray paints and is styrofoam safe.
The pros: It costs $8 a can, which could do dozens of visors and does not require an air brush. It will act as an one way glass and supports reflections. It is the color of the Halo CE helmet.
The drawbacks: It gives everything a slight orange fog and appears a little grainy up close.

The way you use it is firstly, get your visor or substitute material, I used a $2 sheet of clear plastic. Next, apply verrrry light coats of the paint to the BACK Side of the visor. Every time you apply a coat, test to see how well you can see through it from the back and how even the texture is on the front. There is a delicate balance as too much paint looks good, but offers very poor visability. Too little means more visability, but its more grainy and can be seen through. Here is a picture of my helmet with the gold painted
flexable plastic visor.
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Heres me and my armor recolor:
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Note, it is see though if theres light inside the helmet, which wont be a problem if your head is in it.
Here are some pictures with and without the helmet on:
Reference picture:
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Visor Picture: (note that being inside the helmet causes the camera to be a little out of focus.)
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This by no means is as high quality as a professional visor, however if your strap for cash and dont have a air brush, I would recomend this method. After all, doing this visor cost me $10 total, and I can make dozens of visors for little only the cost of the plastic itself.
-Gryphon:cool
 

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009 SPA

Member
Brilliant find, excellent. Can you point me towards a website or store that sells it, preferably in the UK?
 

GunGryphon

Jr Member
I have not tried any other color of spray, however the entire line of COLORTOOL spray are suppost to be translucent when applied lightly. This is the page with most of the colortool sprays, however what I am using is in the metalic sub-section here. The spray I used is on the right in the web page picture. I do not know if any of the sprays outside the metalic section will give a reflective finish, but if anyone wants to try them out, be my guest and tell us how it goes. I found this at the craft store, where I also picked up a $2 12x12" square of clear flexible plastic that could make 2 visors. I would recomend trying it of one of these before using it on a professional visor. Just color the plastic and prop a piece in the visor. Thats how my helmet is at the moment because the black nose bit gets in the way of mounting it. Best of Luck
-Gryphon
 

soul products

Well-Known Member
i just wanted to let you know that you may have just solved the EVA/ emile visor delemma.......

YOU ARE AWESOME!
 
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GunGryphon

Jr Member
Aye, Ive thought of using this to tint an EVA visor, just forgot to note it on my original post. Still, it may be hard getting an even mist on the inside of the visor as a distance of 12 inchs is optimal for a thin even coat.
Glad to be of help.
Gryphon-
 
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Late to the meeting

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Congradulations sir you win the BOSS of the week award good on ya.
 

soldier466

Jr Member
That looks amazing, when i get to that part I may play with it to see if i can get it to reflect a bit more
 
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