Helmet Visors

Bobanator125

New Member
How the FRICK do some of y'all make your visors. I've scowered youtube and the internet looking for tutorials, but i cant find any. In the only armor I've made, i just bought a motorcycle visor and cut it out using a dremel saw, but since those things are so tough i couldn't mold the thing how i wanted to. Pls help.
 

PaiganBoi

Sr Member
For my ODST I bought this:
Then made my own template.
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xXDashIVXx

Well-Known Member
How the FRICK do some of y'all make your visors. I've scowered youtube and the internet looking for tutorials, but i cant find any. In the only armor I've made, i just bought a motorcycle visor and cut it out using a dremel saw, but since those things are so tough i couldn't mold the thing how i wanted to. Pls help.
Depends on the visor/helmet. If your visor is relatively flat/ a curve with no ridges or detail, use plexiglas glass. You can heat it up with a heat gun and it will take the shape you bend it. Then you can use FRICTION FORM one way metallic window tint. Regulat tinting will ruin the plastic. If you are building an eva helmet or odst/anything with a weird shape, vacuum forming and dye is the best way to go...
 

PerniciousDuke

RXO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
I follow this procedure to make things like this.
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All said and done the materials are around $50 CAD, likely less if you have the materials floating around already.
What? You wrote a vacuum forming tutorial and didnt put tutorial in the title!? The Tutorial Index will be updated kind sir.

 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
What? You wrote a vacuum forming tutorial and didnt put tutorial in the title!? The Tutorial Index will be updated kind sir.

Why would I put tutorial in a thread title if I didn't think it'd be good enough to be considered a tutorial?
 

Bobanator125

New Member

Montique

New Member
Wow! I would never have guessed that that's all some people use, and after spray painting over it you still have good visibility? Does the visibility decrease as you spray more paint on or stay the same?
With 2 light layers of paint it's like wearing a pair of sunglasses in terms of visibility. The more you spray it the shinier the reflection you'll get but it'll also get harder to see, if you apply it too heavily it'll be pitch black on the inside. Overall the pop figure (not the one in the picture) cost me about $15 even though I didn't get it for that purpose, and the paint cost like $11 (not cheap). For my latest helmet I got clear folder dividers for like $3 at target and it works just as well. I use the pop figure because I was in a rush and capped out on my budget.
 

TurboCharizard

RMO & BCO
405th Regiment Officer
Community Staff
Wow! I would never have guessed that that's all some people use, and after spray painting over it you still have good visibility? Does the visibility decrease as you spray more paint on or stay the same?
The visibility is okay for the first two passes and you start losing the ability to read text shortly after that. Unfortunately you'll want more than two coats to get a reflective coating that obscures the silhouette of your features behind the visor.

Here's a sample view through the Krylon Mirror Like with increasing number of coats. This is what I used for my first orange visor on my SPARTAN-III which was okay, then I moved to other methods.
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Bobanator125

New Member
With 2 light layers of paint it's like wearing a pair of sunglasses in terms of visibility. The more you spray it the shinier the reflection you'll get but it'll also get harder to see, if you apply it too heavily it'll be pitch black on the inside. Overall the pop figure (not the one in the picture) cost me about $15 even though I didn't get it for that purpose, and the paint cost like $11 (not cheap). For my latest helmet I got clear folder dividers for like $3 at target and it works just as well. I use the pop figure because I was in a rush and capped out on my budget.
The visibility is okay for the first two passes and you start losing the ability to read text shortly after that. Unfortunately you'll want more than two coats to get a reflective coating that obscures the silhouette of your features behind the visor.

Here's a sample view through the Krylon Mirror Like with increasing number of coats. This is what I used for my first orange visor on my SPARTAN-III which was okay, then I moved to other methods.
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Thank you both very much for the help, love this place and the people in it
 
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