Painting Helmets

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Painting Helmets

Post by Manscout » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:11 pm

After some research, I figured out the right product and correct method to paint my helmet. I started with the least used one we own in case I goofed. I did that one one weekend. I adjusted a few things and then painted the other two spares last weekend. I think I have it figured out pretty well, and the next time we get crappy weather, I'll paint mine. Here are the results from the three spares:

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Sanded with 400 grit and taped off.

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2nd Primer Coat

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Final product.
The one on the right is my first test. After they cured, I polished and w@*ed them. :D
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Tomcatfixer » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:43 pm

Nice way to "freshen-up" a "tired" helmet.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by GHGoodwin » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:04 am

Very nice. But I'm concerned the interior foam would be bad at this point.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by mattzahr » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:49 am

Great paint job!

By chance, did you use water based paint products?

Flash solvent mist from the painting process may degrade the integrity of the styrene based interior shell, but may not be visible to the naked eye.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Tomcatfixer » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:54 am

But I'm concerned the interior foam would be bad at this point.
We don't all have as valuable information in our heads as you do, Hal. :lol:
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by mattzahr » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:59 am

Chad, are you going to market that helmet????
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Tomcatfixer » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:04 am

Chad, are you going to market that helmet????
I should! I could undercut the competition on both price AND protection! UNDER-protection, that is. :wink:
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by mattzahr » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:20 am

Are you going to make a foil version?
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Tomcatfixer » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:23 am

Are you going to make a foil version?
Fantastic idea!
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Manscout » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:36 am

GHGoodwin wrote:Very nice. But I'm concerned the interior foam would be bad at this point.
It was one of the things I noticed online researching it. I used the paint for plastic as recommended. It could be bad, but the helmets are not really that old.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Manscout » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:38 am

Tomcatfixer wrote:Fantastic idea!
The Foil.jpg
But is it paintable? :lol:
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Snakeoil » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:57 am

Cannot speak for other states, but in NYS, you must have a factory applied DOT sticker on the rear of the helmet. These days I find that they are actually part of the finish on the helmet and not a sticker. It is not a law that will get you pulled over as a rule, but if a cop wants to stop you, it is probable cause to do so and he can write a ticket for lacking that sticker. I don't see a cop doing that unless you are a complete jerk during the stop. But it is something to think about if you plan to paint a helmet.

Some helmet OEMs tell you not to paint the helmet. I'm sure it is more of a lawyer thing than anything else. But they do say that in the paperwork that comes with the helmet.

I always thought that if you wanted a painted helmet to look perfect, you need to mask off the rivets so that they stay silver. Probably a PITA to do.

Yours came out nice.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Tomcatfixer » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:17 pm

you must have a factory applied DOT sticker on the rear of the helmet.
Apply "factory" DOT sticker to back of helmet, coat helmet in lacquer, BOOM: instant "factory-applied" sticker.
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2015 Ural cT "Mobile Chernobyl", 2001 Ural Patrol "The Patrol", 1999 Ural Tourist "The RPOC", 1994 Honda VFR750F

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2001 Buell Blast! - - - - - - - 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:23 pm

Snakeoil wrote:Cannot speak for other states, but in NYS, you must have a factory applied DOT sticker on the rear of the helmet. These days I find that they are actually part of the finish on the helmet and not a sticker. It is not a law that will get you pulled over as a rule, but if a cop wants to stop you, it is probable cause to do so and he can write a ticket for lacking that sticker. I don't see a cop doing that unless you are a complete jerk during the stop. But it is something to think about if you plan to paint a helmet.

Some helmet OEMs tell you not to paint the helmet. I'm sure it is more of a lawyer thing than anything else. But they do say that in the paperwork that comes with the helmet.

I always thought that if you wanted a painted helmet to look perfect, you need to mask off the rivets so that they stay silver. Probably a PITA to do.

Yours came out nice.
I had some little round DOT stickers, & put one on my Davida Porridge Bowl to please any rogue authorities. I have seen some real POS helmets with DOT tags.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Buckhorn » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:54 pm

I panted one of my helmets to match my bike. I didn't mask off the trim on the bottom because I didn't want it to show. When the helmet dried, the paint on the trim was still a little tacky. After 2 weeks it still was tacky, so I sprinkled it with talcum powder. 2 days later I checked and it had hardened up. Not sure how long it will last, but it worked for now.
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