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Title: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Nov 03, 2013, 11:46 AM
Hi Everyone!

Misha here from the BVC (state of Florida's clan) to share with you a tutorial on how to add color to your helmet visor. Have you ever seen those really cool colors - reflective silver, red, blue, yellow, etc. - on different helmet visors and wondered how the heck did they do that? Well, it's actually really pretty easy and I've got a few videos to share that will walk you through the process.

HUGE thanks to the BVC's own Rabbit who ran this special mini-workshop at the BVC's 2013 Family Picnic. I'm including the video links here and ALSO writing up the instructions because, in true Storm Warrior fashion, a huge storm blew up while we were filming so it may be a bit hard to hear. Additionally, we are a silly, punchy bunch so excuse any bad jokes that occur during these videos.

Video 1: Basic Visor Tips

Video 2: How to Add Mirrored Tint to a Visor (quick overview)

Video 3: Full Length How to Add Tint to a Visor - includes mirrored and colored

Tips & Tricks:
* DON'T try to do this on a tinted T-Visor. It's not going to work. That already has a tint and you will either not see the new color or it will be way too dark.
* DO use a clear visor (see? I just said that above...but in case you missed it ;) )
* DO share! A roll of the tinting material will do a LOT of visors. If you want to do this, consider throwing in with multiple people in your clan to minimize costs and maximize awesomeness.
* DO only attach the film along the top edge of the visor. When you attach your colored or mirrored film to the visor, you can attach it using tape to the top of the visor, but don't try to attach the sides or the bottom because it may bubble.
* DO use scotch tape to help you with peeling the backing off the mirrored tint. If you put a tiny piece on each side, and then pull on each, it will usually easily pull apart.
*DO work from the center out as you squeegee - this will help get rid of bubbles

Where to Buy
* You can get the mirrored tint at Lowe's or other hardware type shops.
* The colored tints can be found at specialty hobby stores like hobby town USA - You may also be able to use gels for theater lights if the plastic is thin and bendable enough.
* Clear plastic welding shields can be purchased at Lowes, but Harbor Freight has them cheaper (these may be southern stores only - if anyone has suggestions please let me know and I will edit this post to include them). You may have to ask for a "safety visor" instead of welding in order to get the right product. Nappa Auto Parts also has them.

Step by Step:
NOTE: This is directly from the third video listed above <3

You will need:
- Clear plastic visor (recommended using a "safety visor" or welding shield type)
- Cut piece of mirrored tint (if you want the mirrored look)
- Cut piece of colored plastic (if you want color with the mirror)
- Hard, smooth surface
- Something to use to smooth the plastic that will not also scratch it such as a rubber squeegee
- Gila Window Film Application Solution (in a spray bottle)
- Paper Towels

1. Cut your mirrored tint to the same size as the plastic color (if you are using a sheet of hard colored plastic). If you are NOT using colored plastic, you will need  a clear sheet to just get an uncolored mirrored visor. The size of this is about the same of a standard sheet of paper - 8 x 11

2. Peel the backing from the mirrored tint. Don't peel it all the way off, yet. Just get it started.

3. Grab your clear or colored piece of plastic. This sheet should be stiff enough to be able to take the flimsier mirrored tint, but not so stiff that you cannot attach it to your visor. Lay it on a smooth surface.

4. Spray it down with the window film application spray.

5. Pull the backing all the way off of the mirrored film and place it down onto the clear or colored sheet of plastic.

6. Use a rubber squeegee or other similar item to smooth out the film. This is VERY important - take your time here and try to get all the bubbles out. Work from the center out as you do this as it will really help to get rid of the bubbles.

7. Trim off any excess mirrored film.

8. Dry it off using a paper towel.

9. Do any additional squeegeeing as needed.

10. Leave it to dry for a while.


Attaching to your visor:

1. The tint side does NOT show. Either the colored side or the clear side is the side that faces out.

2. Cut it in the shape of your opening/visor.

3. Set the tint on top of the visor, and tape it down along the top edge only. The colored film should mold to the visor's curvature.

4. Attach your visor into the helmet as you normally would.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Pointoforigin on Nov 03, 2013, 11:53 AM
Fabulous work my lady!
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Tracyn Ordo on Nov 04, 2013, 09:58 PM
Great tut! I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from this :)
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Lemac on Jul 04, 2014, 09:58 AM
Thank you. I was wondering about the mirrored and colored visor pieces.

I do have a question though. Is a single layer of the mirrored tint good enough to get "face bleed through" in pictures? Someone taking a picture with a flash does the mirrored tint reflect back enough of the light as to not come through and be able to see the face behind the mask?

Knowing teh way my luck goes my visor will either be too dark to see out of of or have people a few days later asking "who is that ugly guy's face in the armor". :)

Also thank you to everyone else who has posted a tutorial and info. Saves a lot of headaches for us noobs. A wise man learns from the advice and mistakes that others have made.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Pointoforigin on Jul 04, 2014, 10:45 AM
Generally speaking, you can go with a "lighter" tint if it is mirrored. The majority of my clanmates have mirrored visors, and compared to my shade 5 welding shield, are a lot lighter to look through. Not one picture I have seen of them taken with flash has shown their faces.

So yes, with mirrored, you're generally fine with a single layer.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Rhenvar on Apr 03, 2015, 06:56 AM
Really helpful info thanks!
Bit annoying cause I got all the stuff ready then realised I have a black tinted visor.. bummer
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Apr 05, 2015, 09:24 AM
Really helpful info thanks!
Bit annoying cause I got all the stuff ready then realised I have a black tinted visor.. bummer

Darling you SHOULD be able to tint that with mirror - it'd look awesome!
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Dillo on Apr 05, 2015, 10:39 AM
Glad I saw this because I was about to just tint the grinding sheild itself.  It is a better path to take to tint another sheet and place it infront of the sheild right?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Rhenvar on Apr 06, 2015, 03:20 AM
Darling you SHOULD be able to tint that with mirror - it'd look awesome!

If u reckon so lass ill give it a go.
Thanks :)
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Kitala-Enby on Apr 06, 2015, 10:21 AM
Is ir possible to tint directly to the visor? Me and a few of my clan mates planned on tinting visors with mirror. But i just thought of tinting a clear shield on its own.

also could mirror tint be applied to the inside of say, a light shade (shade 3 or less) welding visor to create a black mirror visor?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Daxnor on Sep 09, 2015, 11:52 AM
Question on the hobbytown website is the film called monokote?
I am unsure if they sell what you are talking about.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Sep 20, 2015, 11:01 AM
Is ir possible to tint directly to the visor? Me and a few of my clan mates planned on tinting visors with mirror. But i just thought of tinting a clear shield on its own.

also could mirror tint be applied to the inside of say, a light shade (shade 3 or less) welding visor to create a black mirror visor?

You can. But it *may* be too light. My visor in my second kit was just mirror applied to a clear piece of plastic, which I then cut and we installed (hot glue FTW!). It works fine - it's actually darker than my T-visor (specifically made for TK's and bobas gr) in my night owl kit.

My husband tinted his black - basically took a dark colored visor and just applied the mirror to it. It wasn't super shiny but it looks awesome! So yes, you definitely can! :)
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Sep 20, 2015, 11:05 AM
Question on the hobbytown website is the film called monokote?
I am unsure if they sell what you are talking about.

Do you mean this stuff:
http://www.monokote.com/monoinst1.html (http://www.monokote.com/monoinst1.html)

The stuff that we used in the BVC was actually 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of colored plastic. When Rabbit taught how to do this, she took a sheet of that, applied the mirror to it, and then taped it into the helmet. I believe she taped that piece on top of a plastic visor (don't remember 100% though) or she may have just taped it into the helmet. That may be way too flimsy though.

You *can* buy colored mirror tint. I don't know if this is what others use or not, i just know what we were taught to use lol. I can say that, after experimenting w my visor and also with my husband's, mirror tint takes a bit of patience but can definitely be done. I would think the colored mirror tints would be about the same.

There's a website here:
http://www.nusolis.com/uncut-materials/ (http://www.nusolis.com/uncut-materials/)
That has basic colors you could probably use.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: scrapin_frame on Oct 01, 2015, 01:18 PM
Where did the clear pvc sheets come from? I haven't been able to find anything local. What was the brand and item number so I can search for something comparable?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: jimh69 on Oct 26, 2015, 04:22 PM
Just to clarify:

This is equivalent to the mirroring film you are using? http://www.lowes.com/pd_88148-74130-PRS361___?productId=1103235

Also I am having trouble finding the colored film at Hobby Lobby.  Do you have a link?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: skyarrow on Jan 25, 2016, 01:35 PM
if you dont want to buy the spray for applying the tint soapy water works just as good ;)
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Feb 03, 2016, 12:29 PM
if you dont want to buy the spray for applying the tint soapy water works just as good ;)

Great point. Thanks!
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: ladydeth999 on Feb 17, 2016, 06:52 PM
Has anyone tried this type of visor inside their bucket?

http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S8550-Uncoated-Replacement-Polycarbonate/dp/B001VXVSZ6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1455752682&sr=8-12&keywords=safety+visor

My Boba styled helmet T-opening (not yet cut) is under 7 inches.  This shield is 9.5 in tall and 14.5 inches wide.  A polycarbonate plastic "should" allow drilling.  I can trim and test drill on a cutoff sheet.

I will also be picking up some mirror tint and colored sheets of plastic from amazon if anyone needs mirror tint.  The smallest amount I'm finding is 12in x 24ft.  I'm in the Orlando area!

Thank you!

Steph
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Dara Tarrk on Feb 17, 2016, 07:09 PM
That is exactly the visor I ordered. I am putting it in my bucket tonight along with mirror tint and colored sheets. It was fairly easy to cut with my rotary tool. Just be aware that it has plastic coverings on BOTH sides to prevent scratches. If you don't take off both you won't be able to see a darn thing. (I spent time freaking out thinking I had gotten the wrong kind of visor) :laugh:
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: ladydeth999 on Feb 17, 2016, 07:46 PM
Thank you, btemp28!

Did you get these colored sheets?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004A9PMGE?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_3&smid=A92H4ST8OF1VE

Steph
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Dara Tarrk on Feb 17, 2016, 09:23 PM
Actually I picked up these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K78HUI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 but so long as you check sizing what you have there should work
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: ladydeth999 on Feb 17, 2016, 09:39 PM
Will you post back how they work?  I'm hoping the pinkish color in the other set is what I'm looking for when I put the mirror tint behind it...

Thank you!
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Dara Tarrk on Feb 18, 2016, 05:56 PM
Will you post back how they work?  I'm hoping the pinkish color in the other set is what I'm looking for when I put the mirror tint behind it...

Thank you!
They worked just fine for me. I used the green myself, but the pink was very pretty against the mirror tint. If I didn't have so much pink on my kit already I would have used the pink.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Feb 24, 2016, 10:21 PM
Those are what I used too and they worked well :)
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Choruk Kar'ta on Apr 17, 2016, 04:18 AM
Thanks for the tips :D Really gonna try this on my second helmet :D
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: lunchsack86 on Apr 29, 2016, 05:22 PM
so you put the tint on, and then cut? the videos seem a bit choppy on that aspect.
Anyone know if they spray tint used for headlights and tail lights would work?
Also what kind of plastic is this and is it just glued into the helmet?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Bowfanny on Apr 29, 2016, 11:47 PM
Anyone know if they spray tint used for headlights and tail lights would work?
It doesn't. The stuff cracks and peels off of visors because most of our visors are flexible. Tail lights aren't.
I actually tried the stuff two years ago when I first started building my first kit.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: lunchsack86 on Apr 30, 2016, 07:57 AM
It doesn't. The stuff cracks and peels off of visors because most of our visors are flexible. Tail lights aren't.
I actually tried the stuff two years ago when I first started building my first kit.

Boo would be nice if it did work. all good though
Davin Shev'la and Naasad Tal both hit me up with some info on an easy visor out here in phoenix.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Metro Stonefist on May 23, 2016, 01:01 PM
Hello
i'm so new to this and all I don't know what I'm doing I order so airsoft gear that looks fairly close to mando I guest need a visor where do I get some othe item and is there any way I can meet up with fello mandos here in AZ
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: sylverkestrel on May 25, 2016, 08:39 PM
Hey all!

So, I attempted this today and it turned out to be a disaster. Going to have to actually trash my visor and start over.
Yeah, I messed it up THAT bad.

So, I purchased the Bugloss Cello Sheets off Amazon -- I saw where someone else had purchased them and had good results, so I figured I would give it a shot.

The visor my hubby and I had are the face shields you buy from Lowe's and Home Depot, and we have the mirrored tint.

The trouble only really began when I tried to add the color using the cellophane.
I added the tint to the visor, and laid the cello sheet over the top. When it all was cut out and ready to put it, I tried attaching everything with Velcro (maybe that was my mistake, as the Velcro and cellophane do not mix, especially since the cellophane is in no way bonded to the visor?)

Any tips, help or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks <3
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Decimus on Jun 16, 2016, 01:16 AM
Amazingly helpful.  My visor that came with my helmet got messed up so I had to cut a new one.  After six attempts I finally got a useable product.  Unfortunately it was clear.  This tutorial helped me to the end of a very frustrating build.  My first one at that.  Thank you!
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Diijin on Jul 09, 2016, 12:35 AM
I watched each video a total of 4 times each, just to make sure I wasn't going to mess up on anything. I think it came out pretty well since it passed the approval team.  :P  Awesome vid, and if I make another bucket when I make another bucket, ill probably watch these vids again! Thanks!!!  :D
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: mishakitty on Jul 11, 2016, 06:50 PM
Awe thanks guys! I'm really glad you all like it, and are being SUPER nice and positive considering we filmed it in a thunderstorm lol
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Senpai on Aug 11, 2016, 11:13 PM
Thanks for the videos. you did a great job.

Is there a current list of places to get the colored plastic sheets and the the mirror tints?
I did Search HobbyTown USA, could not find it.

Also once you place the mirrored plastic onto the visor are we suppose to cut the visor out and then attach to bucket?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Torolf Goran on Aug 11, 2016, 11:48 PM
I checked with two local HobbyTown locations last week and both stores told me they aren't stocking tint or colored plastic anymore.

I found a few different listings on Amazon under gel. Here's one.
https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Correction-4-Color-Filter-Studio/dp/B00W93FQNM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1470958154&sr=8-4&keywords=gels

You can also make your own with clear styrene sheet and then color it with Rit dye (the dye needs to be warm when you use it and let it soak for 15-20 minutes).

For mirrored tint I just bought mine at Lowes and most all hardware stores sell it. I prefer Gila brand but any should work.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Senpai on Aug 12, 2016, 09:48 AM
I checked with two local HobbyTown locations last week and both stores told me they aren't stocking tint or colored plastic anymore.

I found a few different listings on Amazon under gel. Here's one.
https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Correction-4-Color-Filter-Studio/dp/B00W93FQNM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1470958154&sr=8-4&keywords=gels

You can also make your own with clear styrene sheet and then color it with Rit dye (the dye needs to be warm when you use it and let it soak for 15-20 minutes).


For mirrored tint I just bought mine at Lowes and most all hardware stores sell it. I prefer Gila brand but any should work.


Thanks for the update!!!
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Smithanon on Oct 08, 2016, 09:38 PM
Would mirror film like this still work with a home dyed visor? I'm wanting to make mine quite dark, as I'm rather light sensitive, but with a bit of a mirror finish.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: maddiekayray on Dec 21, 2016, 03:25 PM
Suggestions on what color tint to achieve a gold look? Yellow? Or is there a gold-specific?

I'm interested in mirrored gold, specifically.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Vakehlus on Mar 15, 2017, 01:16 AM
So I bought the spray and applied the tint. I let it sit for 2 days. It still bubbles if even slightly bent and my first attempt at cutting nearly wrecked it. Any tips on cutting without disturbing the vinyl?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Vakehlus on Mar 15, 2017, 11:05 PM
I've now ruined two visors trying this technique without being able to cut in a way that doesn't damage the reflective vinyl. Is anyone able to give advice on how to cut?
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Torolf Goran on Mar 16, 2017, 12:23 AM
I've done 3 visors now and I've had problems with bubbling on all of them. I ended up having the mirrored tint face out so when the visor is curved it actually pulls the tint tighter. So far it's worked well and the visors look good installed. (That's for a plain visor without the color layer.)

As far as cutting out the visor make sure you don't flex it when you cut. I'd personally suggest using an exacto knife to cut it out and work from the middle out so you don't accidentally peel up the edge.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: nuuke on Jul 03, 2017, 02:03 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial, I'm going to have to try this once I find a place in town that sells visors.
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Wolfin Sylvermane on Jul 06, 2017, 06:02 PM
I've got another question...  I've read that you can take mirror tint and spray it with translucent paint to make a visor.   Has anyone tried it?   The helmet I'm working on I want to put in a red mirrored visor and can't find red mirrored tint anywhere.   The internet has failed me, or well, my search abilities have. 
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Torolf Goran on Jul 06, 2017, 06:33 PM
I used red Nite Shades lens coating to make a mirrored red visor before. Just make sure to apply it in really light coats.

https://www.amazon.com/VHT-SP888-Red-Nite-Shades/dp/B005257R0O
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Wolfin Sylvermane on Jul 06, 2017, 08:42 PM
I used red Nite Shades lens coating to make a mirrored red visor before. Just make sure to apply it in really light coats.

https://www.amazon.com/VHT-SP888-Red-Nite-Shades/dp/B005257R0O

Glad to know it has been done.  I have some transparent/translucent paint for my airbrush that I'm going to test. 

https://smile.amazon.com/Createx-Airbrush-Colors-Transparent-SprayGunner/dp/B01MR7WDLF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499388014&sr=8-1&keywords=createx+5124 (https://smile.amazon.com/Createx-Airbrush-Colors-Transparent-SprayGunner/dp/B01MR7WDLF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499388014&sr=8-1&keywords=createx+5124)
Title: Re: TUTORIAL: Adding Mirror and Color Tint to your Helmet Visor
Post by: Dahrken on Jul 28, 2017, 10:41 PM
I'm currently working on adding the mirrored visor to my bucket.  The Gold tint I ordered from Amazon doesn't have the peel off layer mentioned in the tutorial.  It's just the single layer and had no instructions.  I have tried just layering it in front of the visor to get an idea of the helmet's look.

Any  advice is very welcome.

(http://www.mgdukester.com/dahrken/mando/helm2_19.jpg)