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PIMP MY MASK

EMAIL ME AT ANBELFOUR20@AOL.COM IF YOU NEED YOUR MASK REFURBISHED,FIXED OR PAINT/REPAINTED. 

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Fletcher Allwiens ( ED BELFOUR STYLE TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE FRIEND)
 
This mask is for Sniders starting goalie and Killer Klown player Fletcher Allwien. He wants a white and maroon color scheme. A Eagle on a White basecoat ( which is a weird request but im not wearing it he is so...) and the chin paying homage to his late friend in a banner and number. Below is the mask  before I sanded it, Eagle being unmasked and the back plate that finished 1st. Back plate image is blocky becuase I didnt shrink it correctly for the image. Its a wicked #39.

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(mask as I had it done)...but we went ahead and changed the mask with the white back drop. Fletch didnt want that much maroon. He just wanted accents to match his pads. His mask his choice so heres the mask before I whited out the basecoat.

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The refurbishing and restoration of Gary Ruchs' goalie mask-
 
 
Gary asked me to repaint his goalie mask so I thought it would be funny to put the progress on the website. PIMP MY MASK!  If I dont do a good job Gary will kill me with his 200 mph slapshot. Gary just thinks hes getting his mask redone. Thats all I was gonna do but after inspecting his blue beast as a guy who is somewhat of a an artist there is no way in hell Gary is gonna get this bucket back in the shape that it is in. So heres to you Ruchski.......enjoy.
 
DAY#1 ( Below) Garys mask as is when I got it from him. This mask had what every beer leaguers mask has. Old foam, rusted screws and it stunk like Gordies Howes ol jock strap. Just kid'n Gary....put ur slap shot away! I had to spray wd40 in the cage fittings. Totally rusted out. Next im going to wash it , peel the stickers off, sand it, wash it check to see if any gashs or dings in the mask need some plumbers putty applied to fill in some damaged areas then spray it with automotive primer.

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DAY#2 ( STRIPPING THE MASK AND PREP FOR PRIMER)

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Next I am ready to  sand off the gloss of the blue paint. This makes the primer adhere to the mask alot better. Im going to clean out the inside of the mask  as well becuase it was looking pretty bad. It's a headache doing all this ,but once its all done its all worth while and to me it's kinda fun. Im gonna refurbish the mask not just paint this bad boy!
 
 

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Day#3 Putting primer on the mask.
 
 
Now the mask has been primed. The holes, and dings of the mask were filled in before I primed the mask. I primed the mask with automotive primer. I used the Duplicolor brand. They come in all shades of grey. Any one will do. Next I will spray a even coat of black all over the mask for a basecoat color.
 
 
 
 When the primer is dry you can look over the masks' shell and see if any imprefections, runs, dings,scratchs, whatever is visible. This will come through the basecoat so I have to sand these areas down so my basecoat is nice and even.

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Day#4 Basecoating the Mask
 
Now the mask has been basecoated with a few coats of black. It looks like flat black but it is not. I made sure it was durable by adding 4 coats. The inside has 2 coats.
 
I repainted the inside to clean up the look some what. Now I am ready to start laying down the design and adding masking tape and cutting out the designs. I have to be careful not to cut the paint with the exacto knife. Gary wants a Komets theme and his two sons on the top of the mask.

(Below) After a few days of painting heres what I got so far. A Komets symbol in progress, orange chin section with Garys nickname "Ruchski"
The other side has a mask that resembles the one used by oldtime fan fav Komets goalie Robbie Irons. The forhead which will display Garys two sons with barbed wire like representing protector or something as him being the father.

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(BELOW) Finally the mask has been completed. The two boys were added and alot of clear coat. I will add pics of the back plate later on. The two boys was the toughest thing I have ever tried to paint on a mask and I stuggled with it alot ,but I guess it looks ok. Human faces are tough becuase if you dont do as close as possible it may not look like the person. I can do monsters and animals easy ,but humans are tough. It was fun doing this mask. Painting a mask is cool ,but I had to refurbish the mask and bring some life to it. The mask is gonna get new padding and were gonna try and get a up to date cool cage for it. From what it used to look like I dont think Gary cares either way. Enjoy Ruchski.
 
 
It was a pleasure and I like doing them so email me at ANBELFOUR20@AOL.COM if interested.

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