In late September / early October, I bought a blank aluminum Captain America shield, which I planned to paint the classic red and blue. Shortly thereafter, I found one online that was already painted and really nice, so I bought that one too! So of course I ended up with both shields. I planned to paint the blank shield the same red and blue, but my son convinced me to paint it blue, just like his toy Captain America stealth shield. He’s a smart kid.
Check out the blank aluminum Captain America shield — I mean it’s pretty cool! It’s got nice straps and brackets on the back, and the front has the star etched into it rather than a separate attached piece. I think it looks pretty good by itself:
Here are five of the six spray cans I used to paint this thing:
As soon as a warm-enough day came along, I went out to the garage to begin the process. The first thing I had to do was clean the shield, then mask it off. I could have (and probably should have) used just some masking tape, but I wanted to be able to see where to cut out the star. So, I used Duplicolor Removable Clear Coat. It needed several coats to make it easily removable, so that took some time.
Once done, I cut out around the star, cleaned it off with acetone, then applied the Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter and the Duplicolor MetalCast Ground Coat. Once dry, I applied several coats of blue with Duplicolor MetalCast Anodized Blue (MC201):
Then, I removed the masking for the rings that will be painted the lighter blue color. The masking really didn’t come off as easily or as cleanly as I’d hoped, even using an Exact-o knife to cut it away. I definitely should have used just regular masking tape for the main shield area over the rings. Still, it looks good!
After cleaning it off using acetone, I painted those two rings a lighter blue color. I actually wasn’t 100% sure which color or paint to use, but I ended up with Duplicolor Perfect Match Light Blue for GM colors. After painting the blue rings, I removed the rest of the masking and finished with a Duplicolor Clearcoat with Matte finish — definitely wanted to remove the shine! This is a stealth shield after all!
Here’s the final result – I present my Captain America stealth shield:
What do you think? Do you think this Captain America stealth shield compares to the movie version? Have you painted your own Captain America shield? Stealth or classic? Or other!? Share in the comments!