Painting Helmets

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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by mattzahr » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:08 pm

Manscout, glad you used paint for thermoplastic.

Many years ago (1989), I was associated with a paint stripper project with Bell helmets when they were still located in Rantoul, Il. They were looking for a stripper that would not degrade the shells when they had a paint screw up in production and therefore re-use the shell for sale to the public. The lab rats I worked with spent long hours is getting that dialed in - when I had to move on to other projects, they were still working the bugs out...made me very wary of repaints.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Manscout » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:53 pm

Luckily, I live in a state that tries not to over-regulate. We don't have adult helmet laws, so I doubt they would care if it had the DOT sticker. Most of the time, I know the laws better than the LE does. Lol.

All my spare helmets are ones the kids use, so I really wanted to make sure they would still be safe if painted. That was the main reason I researched it so much.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by mattzahr » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:40 pm

Good on you!
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Snakeoil » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:28 pm

I have seen some real POS helmets with DOT tags.
There was an outfit called Jafrum. I think that they are still around. They made puddin' basin helmets with DOT stickers on them as well as full jet and similar mods/rocker period helmet also with DOT on them. A friend of mine was selling them in his shop because they were very inexpensive compared to Davida helmets and had a DOT approval.

The Feds came into his shop one day. Looked at the helmets, asked how many he had and where he got them. He had the paperwork from the wholesaler. They confiscated every one of them and told him that none of them were DOT approved. I believe the wholesaler called later trying to get them back and he told them, "Too late". I never did ask if he tried to get his money back. Knowing him, I'm sure he did.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by BlueRockCrawler » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:08 am

I think Hal was trying to say, that you're supposed to toss most helmets when they're 5 years old. Regardless of the paint used, the interior foam and glue holding it together start to degrade and may not protect you well when you really need it.
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by Trevorski » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:30 am

Manscout wrote:
Tomcatfixer wrote:Fantastic idea!
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But is it paintable? :lol:
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by sKiZo » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:19 pm

Decals anybody?

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Those are official Detroit Lions helmet stickers and made to take a beating. Old version, and someone was selling them on the bay. Found the stripes at a helmet supply.

PS - you'd want to keep a low profile going thru Green Bay ... <G>
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Re: Painting Helmets

Post by RC20 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:36 pm

Hawaii was awful. They turned my brother down because his had the sticker goner, but had all the stuff inside (Bell Star best of its day)

He got a second one to get the approval and then transferred the sticker to the first one and got it as well.

On the other hand I took in a fiberglass one that a friend wnated certified for low speed local rides, it had a scorched patch on one side.

they were ok as it had all the stickers and stuff inside.

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