Captain America Stealth Shield

Paint a Captain America Shield; a how-to


Captain America blank aluminum shieldSo, you’re trying to paint a Captain America shield, eh?  Yeah, I was too.  I spent countless hours reviewing threads on Replica Prop Forum, specifically this one trying to get a step-by-step how to on the subject, with no avail.  I even had a hard time finding which colors to use!   😕

Finally, another RPF member put together some instructions, but they were only halfway there and definitely hard to understand.  I muddled through the process myself for my stealth shield, and came up with some instructions that are hopefully easy-to-follow and understand.  The best color choices I’ve found are listed in the materials as well.  

Of course before you get started, you’re going to need to procure a shield first!  After that, just follow these recipe-like instructions to paint a Captain America shield up nice!  By the time you’re done, I have no doubt you’ll be really glad you did.

 

Paint a Captain America Shield

Materials:

  • Masking tape OR Duplicolor Custom Wrap Removable Coating – Clear Coat # CWRC901 

NOTE: If using the Duplicolor Custom Wrap Removable Coating – Clear Coat # CWRC901 to mask instead of tape, make sure to apply as many coats as possible.  This REALLY helps when trying to remove the film later — the thicker it is, the easier it is to peel.  Be careful!

  • 1 qt acetone
  • 1 can Dupli-Color Adhesion Promoter, code #CP199
  • 1 can Dupli-Color Metal Cast Ground Coat #MC100
  • 1 spray-can of Dupli-Color Blue Metal Cast Paint #MC201

For classic red & blue:

  • 1 spray-can of Dupli-Color Metal Cast Paint, code #MC200

For stealth shield

  • 1 spray-can of Dupli-Color Perfect Match Light Blue to match GM colors #BGM0539
  • 1 spray-can of Dupli-Color Clear Coat Matte #D1693 (to remove shine)

1 Exacto knife

1 roll of paper towels

 

 

Painting Around the Star

  1. Wash the entire front of the shield with acetone
  2. Mask off the entire front of the shield

    shield masked with clear coat

    Shield masked off with removable clear coat

  3. Using your Exacto knife, cut along the lines of the star
  4. Remove the masking from outside the star (leaving the star and rest of the shield masked off)
  5. Clean the area with acetone, let dry
  6. Paint area with the Adhesion Promoter following instructions on can (3 coats)
  7. Paint area with the Ground Coat following instructions on can (3 coats)
  8. Paint area with blue Dupli-Color Metal Cast Paint, code #MC201 (2 light coats, 1 wet)
  9. Let blue paint dry for at least 24 hours before moving to next steps, to be safe.Captain America Stealth Shield

NOTE: If your star is already attached to the shield, you’ll need to re-mask the whole star area before moving forward.  Yes, that includes the area you just painted – which is why you need to give it ample time to dry!

 

Painting the Shield Stripes

  1. Using your Exacto knife, cut along the lines of the stripes: remove the masking from only the outermost stripe and the innermost stripe, leaving masking over the “middle” stripeCaptain America Stealth Shield
  2. Clean the area with acetone, let dry
  3. Paint area with the Adhesion Promoter, then let dry 5-10 minutes (3 coats)
  4. Paint area with the Ground Coat following instructions on can (3 coats)
  5. Choose your style:
    • FOR CLASSIC RED & BLUE: Paint area with red Dupli-Color Metal Cast Paint #MC200 (2 light coats, 1 wet coat)
    • FOR STEALTH SHIELD: Paint area with Perfect Match Light Blue to match GM colors #BGM0539 (2 light coats, 1 wet coat)
  6. Let paint dry until tacky
  7. If you can cut again along the lines of the stripes, carefully peel the masking tape and remove the rest
  8. Let dry for at least 2 hours, up to 7 days. I let mine sit for 7 days to be safe.
  9. Choose your style:
    • FOR CLASSIC RED & BLUE: To seal in the color and protect (while adding shine), follow with Clear Coat Gloss, several coats until desired look is achieved.
    • FOR STEALTH SHIELD: If you’d like to remove any shine, follow with Clear Coat Matte #D1693, several coats until desired look is achieved.

 

Hopefully you end up with something like this:

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So, how’d it turn out?  Definitely let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear and see pics!

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