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Old 07-27-2013, 01:03 PM #1
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Carbon Fiber Dye I4 With Proshield Bottoms Conversion

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I figured id make a progress thread as these are completed. Please do not blast my inbox with questions, post in the thread & ill do my best to answer them.

These are being made for myself as I always loved the i4 lens but hated how my jaw line was unprotected. This is a work in progress & my first conversion so bare with me.

Well I saw some Germans did some cool stuff with the i4's. Or I believe it was from a German web page then shown on pbnation..anywho I love the idea. I love the i4 but they dont fit my face as they seem to be meant for a child. With that being said the lens options and overall feel of the mask is awesome I just had no jaw protection so I figured id give it a shot.

More pics & progress as it becomes available.

Found this:


Inspired me to do this...work in progress!




















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Old 07-27-2013, 01:04 PM #2
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Hard to tell in the pics but these are now drilled for the rivets. Waiting to finish the top then ill be using 3 rivets to secure the bottoms as well as some plastic welding around the nose to make sure its really strong.

Trimming these bottoms was a pita>but i like the results.





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Old 07-27-2013, 01:06 PM #3
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More updates, got my gold materials in today so ill be working on the top portion wrap & testing the rivets today.

More progress pics of fitment.

Note: The ear area will be trimmed more but want to get everything mounted before I circle back and decide on how much/what angle to trim at.

Im happy with how much additional coverage I have with these bottoms, I have new foam, and 2 lens on order. HD & Bronze Fire to finish it up.


This shows how much was trimmed & the 3 holes drilled for the rivets. Note that I should have left a little more at the nose area, this will work fine but id recommend leaving another 1/4" of material there. Ill end up using plastic welding to re-enforce the area.



This is a pic showing how much of the bottoms needed to be removed to slide into place under the i4's. I rounded the edges and removed quite a bit in the cheek area.



Fitment without rivets. The nose piece will need to have that small section where the original i4 logo sits due to the design, it will be raised up a tad more than in the pics but there will still be a small area there, there is no way around this but after the top is wrapped it wont be nearly as noticeable. Sometimes its function>form.





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Old 07-27-2013, 05:56 PM #4
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cool stuff. Have you considered using what you have as a starting off point for a mold and actually making the lower in prepreg? That would enable you to modify the lower portion and get the nose to line up right. just a thought. keep up the good work!
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:03 PM #5
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cool stuff. Have you considered using what you have as a starting off point for a mold and actually making the lower in prepreg? That would enable you to modify the lower portion and get the nose to line up right. just a thought. keep up the good work!
That would be great but the cost to do something like that is probably ridiculous to be honest, if not due tell as id be interested to hear more about it but sounds like an expensive and time consuming venture for sure.

Im still looking into other options instead of rivets...it would be nice to be able to attach it from the back without having the eye sore rivets on the mask..in these pics the rivets are not in yet..still looking at my options first
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:08 PM #6
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More work done today. The top is wrapped, now im debating on to trim out the dye logo or not. It has the gold/black dye logo so it would still match well. Also still have to install the rivets, do some more cuts & install the new foam.

Edit: Materials used
Arrow Rivets - Aluminum - Diam: 1/8th (3mm) long - Grip 1/2 (12mm)
Washers: #6s
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Why did i go with gold? To match the gat of course!

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Old 07-27-2013, 08:07 PM #7
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:09 PM #8
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:23 PM #9
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Looks good but I think it would have looked better with e-flex bottoms, but great work looks sick. Also, I would keep the logo's to help break it up so it doesn't just look like you layed on some cheap pattern over the mask.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:04 PM #10
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Looks good but I think it would have looked better with e-flex bottoms, but great work looks sick. Also, I would keep the logo's to help break it up so it doesn't just look like you layed on some cheap pattern over the mask.
Yes the logo's were trimmed out already just haven't taken more pics after just yet. I like the events bottoms but I wanted to use the proshields to do something different that hasn't been done yet. Plus i prefer the proshield bottoms over the flex bottoms...only takes busting your lip open once being bunkered to want a tad better protection.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:07 PM #11
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:03 PM #12
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:31 AM #13
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That is awesome im thinking of getting some fake carbon fiber wrap myself to customize my barrel hopper and maybe my marker is it hard to work with if you put it on wrong can you easily peel it of and try again or does it become damaged and you have to start over

and any over tips or bits of info you could provide im kind of surprised how rare using fake cf wrap in paintball is considering paintballs obsession with anything that is made with carbon fiber
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:53 PM #14
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Super sexy... love it... ever thought about carghing to do it? If I'd like to have mine done
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:01 PM #15
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I would like to do what the first picture was. I have eflex's and i4's, and that picture looked insane. How would i go about doing this
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:17 PM #16
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This is awesome. I love the proshield bottoms.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:05 PM #17
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:32 PM #18
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Thanks guys, I have to make a run to grab some smaller washers and then these will finally be 100% done. New foam and lens are in route. Im using some small washers to keep the rivets snug in place on the backside of the bottoms. The small holes you see are for the rivets.









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Old 07-30-2013, 06:42 PM #19
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:47 PM #20
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So Sick and sexyyyyy luxe! If u dont mind telln me is the material your using like a sticker or is it cloth like with resin and used a vacume seal to get it on smooth?
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:54 PM #21
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I'm not going to lie, i think the mask looks hideous. Sorry i had to be the first one with a negative comment, but its just my opinion. The bottoms look way too long and disproportionate to the top half.

On the bright side of things, That luxe and spire look sexy!
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