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05-09-2005, 07:55 AM
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Go over to and look in the Ask the Experts section. There are several questions, answered by professional goalie mask painters, about what type of paints to use and how to figure out what to do on the mask.

The big thing to remember is that the size of the canvas leaves little space for detail. You have to go with one or two big elements. A single theme often looks better than a million odds and ends thrown onto a mask. When you decide on your them, look at the placement of the vent holes on the mask. My original design was very horizontal, but there were too many vent h9oles on the side that made it impossible to do. he also needs to decide if he wants the paint to go all the way to the edges of the faceplate or if he wants to stop the paint at the edge of the cage and do a white inner rim.

I'd be pretty darned nervous about a guy who hasn't painted mask. The many curves, especially the ridges on the forehead some masks have, can make it really difficult to get perspective right. The goalie should be absolutely sure this guy can do it. If he has any doubts, he needs to decide if he will still feel comfy in the mask if it turns out funny looking.

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