Good alternative to bondo, apparently.
Bondo advice from the forums
Advice for sanding, but I don’t have a power sander, so I have to do it all by hand haha
Okay today has been such a long day for me already, so I will now write what has happened so far:
I went to home depot with my dad (finally!) and I got a small tube of epoxy putty, a medium can of bondo (since, as I have read, you don’t need too much of it, just a small thin coat), and fiberglass cloth. I couldn’t buy the fiberglass resin this weekend. Its too much in one can and too expensive for what I need right now. Instead I bought general purpose spray adhesive cause it was $3 and it says its photo safe (hence I can use it for the cardstock) and I plan to use it as a replacement for the resin. Hope it works!
Resin (the smallest can at home depot) was $14, and with a $10 allowance and with plenty of things to buy for school every week, I need to start saving up to buy some of these things later too haha I think the bondo was like $8, the epoxy was like $3, and the fiberglass cloth was like $4. On that note, I didn’t buy primer because my dad said he had some around the house. And last week I got a bunch of 100 grit sandpaper, and I got a sanding sponge and this thing called dry dex thing for wall fill ins to fill in all the imperfections in the helmet. I forgot that I should’ve used epoxy putty for that but oh well.
And now that I’m on that topic, let me say what has happened with the helmet. I bought a pink baseball helmet from walmart for like $15 (I think.) It was the only color they had and it was not very smooth overall (bumps on the side of it) and it had a cage thing in front of it and holes at the top. I took out some of the inner sponge for a better fit and my dad got a hot knife (put it on the stove and all that haha) and cut parts off the helmet for more accuracy and all that. I got it smoothed out with an exacto knife. Then I (with help of the black vinyl tape) filled the holes in with the dry dex thing (you guys should probably use epoxy putty tho, heard it works better) and I taped the cans on the sides. I also (kinda) got the luchofunk files built. They actually confused me haha but now I need to get that straightened out and get that all on with some tape and fiberglass cloth. More on how I’m gonna get everything together soon (I hope) :D
Here is a visual example of what to do before bondo:
Help with fiberglass~ (from the forums of course)
Another alternative to bondo I suppose, haven’t tried it myself, but could work: “1/2 cup of plaster of paris with 5 tbsps of resin, a small amount of water and catalyze w/e 5 CC = instant bondo putty.”
What bondo is and where to get it, straight from the forums. I was too lazy to type it out haha
Replacing bondo with glazing spot putty (and where to but it)