Mass Effect 2 – N7 Armor Build – Tool Q&A 1
1. You said you dremel the edges of the foam? Are you coating the foam in something or just leaving it as is? Its hard to picture sanding down plain foam…
2. Related to #1, do you seal the foam before you paint?
3. What kind of heat gun do you use?
1 & 2. Yes, I use a dremil with different tips depending on what I am doing, but these are my most used tips in general:
For sanding, beveling and smoothing the edges
Cutting the detail lines
If its a large flat surface area that needs sanding I will even use sandpaper and/or a sanding block on it.
Since I am actually using the rubber coated underside or back of the foam as the front this time I wont have to do much sealing. I can paint the rubber side with no problems. The only time that the foam side of the foam needs to be sealed is if you are going to paint it. On past builds I have tried different things to seal it, Krylon clear coat, Modge Podge, Craft sealants, glues, etc. All seem to work ok but still haven’t found anything that works really well. One of the guys I know who makes foam suits used rubber shoe glue to seal the foam, (diluted to about 50% and sprayed or brushed on) but I have yet to try this method.
3. I use a Heavy duty Black & Decker w/2 heat settings. (using mostly high heat)