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Buster Posey's Catcher's Mask
Want your own custom Buster Posey catcherís helmet? Of course I do!
I couldnít be satisfied with just the uniform. I needed the whole damn catcherís ensemble.
Poseyís helmet is custom made. I dare you to find it online painted to his specifics. I looked for days. I really, really didnít want to spend (a LOT) of money on the helmet and risk screwing it up by painting it.
But of course that ended up my only option. Hereís my process:
Bottom left: Stock photo of the helmet I purchased. These are not cheap. I believe I paid somewhere around $175. If you are made of magic and can make your own, I worship you as a god. Alas I have no such powers. Do note that I bought one with two colors - youíll want these sections to guide where you paint. Itís probably a good idea to get one with a base color that matches yours.
Bottom center: Start by removing the mask grating. I took a few photos of which screw/piece goes where in case I derped and couldnít remember when I was done. Put these pieces somewhere very safe. You will also need to undo the back piece and all the rope adjusters. Again, take photos to ensure you can put it back together. Wipe down the helmet with a damp cloth to clean it and let dry. Now youíre ready to paint.
Use model-grade paint. No cheap craft-store acrylics here. You want this to look like it came from a factory. Model-grade paints come in small bottles (generally an ounce or less) and will run about $3-5 per bottle. I bought more than I thought I would need because the only place I could find them was very much out of my way. I believe I ended up using a little more than two orange and less than one black.
I started painting by sectioning off my orange parts. Check your references. There are a billion photos online you can check if youíre in doubt. You can see that I painted the top sections orange when they should be black. This is corrected in the next photo. No harm done, but I did waste time and paint.
Take your time, and use good nylon paintbrushes. This paint likes to show brushstrokes so patience is everything.
Bottom right: I had purchased two different shades of orange because I couldnít decide in the store which was more accurate. If you start with the wrong shade, itís not hard to cover it. It takes about three coats to fully cover the black with orange, so it acted like a primer. At this point I just needed to touch-up the orange and paint those silver panels black.
Top: Finishing shots. I screwed the grating back on and BAM - done! Now you can have all the grace and majesty and talent of Buster Posey.
Or not. But you can wear it around the house and look awesome and not crazy at all.
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