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 Post subject: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:06 am 
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Hey all, aquired a Don Post RG Helmet from our XO, and have just completed major repairs

Here's how it looked when I got it:
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I taped up all the cracks on the outside with blue painters tape, and super-glued the cracks from the inside. I then allowed the glue to set-up, and peeled the tape off. *If the tape did not stick to an area because of the super-glue, I put a fresh piece on, and re glued that area.*
At which point I began sanding down the ledges formed by the glue, and smoothed everything out.
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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:15 am 
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Then I took it outside and primed it.
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I then took it back inside and wet-sanded every surface.
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I have installed the visor, using VELCRO! So I can take it out for cleaning. The red tint will be added later.
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When I have cash, I will be getting the black paint and the gloss coat (it's a secret!)

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:27 pm 
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Looks like you put allot of work into it, and it looks good. What color red are you going to use? Are you going to paint it yourself or take it to the shop?

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:12 pm 
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REDEYE wrote:
Looks like you put allot of work into it, and it looks good. What color red are you going to use? Are you going to paint it yourself or take it to the shop?


Negative, red-eye. The helmet will be black. I'm doing a shadow guard. As for the paint, I'll be doing that myself most likely. Unless I suddenly come into more money than my self-control can handle.

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:18 am 
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WOW and I thought I had some tough repairs. Your reconstruction was way more involved. Hreat job Squirrel.

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:46 pm 
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Squirrel wrote:
REDEYE wrote:
Looks like you put allot of work into it, and it looks good. What color red are you going to use? Are you going to paint it yourself or take it to the shop?


Negative, red-eye. The helmet will be black. I'm doing a shadow guard. As for the paint, I'll be doing that myself most likely. Unless I suddenly come into more money than my self-control can handle.

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Gotcha.


Did you use fiberglass in the repair, I can't tell?

BTW...the finished looks great!

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:36 pm 
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Negative again Red-eye. No fiberglass used yet. I was debating on doing that later. I tried a coating of Resin, but the resin was too old and did not adhere properly. It had to be ripped out at the expense of a previous repair attempt. It was so bad, I deleted the pics from my phone. I have the second coat of black on, and might have another small, very small, fix to do for smoothness. Not sure. Next up, the clear coat.


Admins, care to make this a sticky on how to fix a Don Post?

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:46 pm 
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Also, if you looked at the before pics, the side of the visor area was completely FUBAR. I reconstructed this by following the steps I used for the rest of the helmet with one exception: When I was sanding the seams down, I pushed all the "dust" into the void. I then covered the area in superglue on the outside and inside. this gave me a medium to work with for filling that gap. This method only works if you put the dust in the area first. Don't try to mix it, then move it, it doesn't work! Patience is the key in this situation. it will not dry instantly like usual. You must wait for it to cure.

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:35 pm 
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I found the same to be true with the ABS glue I used. It would dry and harden almost to the touch pretty fast but it wasn't solid or sand-able until a few days later. Once again, great job Squirrel! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel's Don Post Helmet repair and paint
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:20 am 
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Thank ya much!

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