Seeing the Mandalorian™ for the first time was a transformative experience. From his multi-colored armor to his long rifle, he truly was a departure from Mandalorian™ characters that we’ve seen in previous stories, but with familiar elements that evoked that Star Wars™ “lived in” look and feel. What really stood out? That shiny silver-ish, pewter-ish, nickel-ish helmet, that is summed up in one word: Beskar™. That helmet spoke to us and it signaled that this wasn’t going to be the series you or anyone expected!
But, did you know that color we used for the helmet replica is probably not what you think it is? In fact, it is more an illusion that gives the impression of a metallic helmet? That’s where are story picks up today, what exactly creates that effect?! The answer is a three-part riddle: shiny car rims, an atomizer, and a five o’clock shadow. Read on if you want to know how this all ties together.
So have you ever found yourself stuck in a traffic jam, then a car rolls up with custom rims that glints in the sunlight? More often than not, those sleek rims were made from the same basic procedure that creates that metallic look of the helmet. First a layer of black paint is applied, which is then layered with a thick, polished clear coat. Once the clear coat is polished to its high gloss finish, the metalized paint is then sparingly added to simply provide a sheen of metal, rather than be coated in metal. The whole process is then covered in gloss again to lock and protect the effect. So, what you’re actually looking at is 95% the black polished coat with just a touch of the metal sheen that makes the piece come off as “Beskar”, the same as true as those nice tire rims you see on the freeway!
But there you have the first piece of the riddle, what do custom rim paint and the Mandalorian™ helmet replica have in common: special paint effects.
Tune in for Part 2 for the rest of the fun facts about recreating that Beskar appearance in our helmet replica.
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