Spray Painting Help

I'm making a cardboard helmet for my Halloween costume (King Leonidas from 300), and I've run into a dilemma.

First of all, I'd like to know if spray paint would stick to car body filler (Bondo), and second, I'd like to know what paints and primers to use to make my helmet look like tarnished metal.

Can anybody help? I'm trying to make it look like the helmet in this album.

Undercoat of black followed by a bronzey colour (roughly applied coat so bits of black are still there) then spatter with black and possibly some bronze. Also copper coloured paint may yield closer colour results, in fact it would, I wonder why I thought bronze might, any way that could look about right, also to add a few accents like tarnished bits dab on black with a sponge, nearly dry of pain, just enough to give a darkish hint.
NachoMahma10 years ago
> if spray paint would stick to car body filler (Bondo) . Yes - just make sure it is compatible with your Bondo and primer. Just about anything will work for what you're doing, but there are a few combos that don't do well. . A coat of primer will help, but, for a temporary costume, is not really necessary. . BTW, Bondo is not very flexible and will break if it gets much bending action. . > what paints and primers to use to make my helmet look like tarnished metal . I dunno. Check at a craft or furniture refinishing store.
What I think might work for a tarnished look is to lay down a a base coat (rust color or a dark or light silver) then once it dries add a second coat (silver of some kind if its metal) and wipe off some of it in areas with cardboard or paper towels while its still wet to reveal the under coat, I don't know if this would work or not, Oh yeah, also I know it's not Halloween anymore, but keep this in mind. You could try waiting until the second coat dried and attempt to sand off parts of the second coat in places where there might be some wear and tear such as edges and textured areas.