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Old 05-19-2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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Helmet painting

I have decided to sand and repaint 1 of my older helmets as a small project, Anyone know what the best type of paint would be to do this???? Going to paint the helmet flat black or may have a buddy airbrush some stuff on it. Also someone told me sanding the helmet may affect its durability????? either way it was my old parking lot helmet.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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Technically your not supposed to paint a helmet. But if you do don't use a power sander of any sort. (to avoid flat spotting) and don't use any reducer in the primer. The reducer will weaken the plastic on a molecular level. It's your brain and thats just my 2cents.
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Technically your not supposed to paint a helmet. But if you do don't use a power sander of any sort. (to avoid flat spotting) and don't use any reducer in the primer. The reducer will weaken the plastic on a molecular level. It's your brain and thats just my 2cents.
LOL well maybe i should rethink this... i wasnt supposed to start riding due to brain trauma i recieved from being the passenger in this truck Click image for larger version

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Technically your not supposed to paint a helmet. But if you do don't use a power sander of any sort. (to avoid flat spotting) and don't use any reducer in the primer. The reducer will weaken the plastic on a molecular level. It's your brain and thats just my 2cents.
What he said. Most helmets are not to be painted. There are helmets out there that are paintable. I got a flat black helmet and had it pinstriped. If it is just for make pretty and no longer used for riding then go for it and let us know how it turns out.
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LOL well maybe i should rethink this... i wasnt supposed to start riding due to brain trauma i recieved from being the passenger in this truck Attachment 44843Attachment 44844 back in 2007 but i cant stay away from my passion.

OMG dude that blows.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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OMG dude that blows.
yep, it was really bad too cuz i couldnt even wear my helmet for about 2 weeks after the accident due to my head being swollen in spots it was intense.
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LOL well maybe i should rethink this... i wasnt supposed to start riding due to brain trauma i recieved from being the passenger in this truck Attachment 44843Attachment 44844 back in 2007 but i cant stay away from my passion.

WTF? Glad you survived...
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WTF? Glad you survived...
Ty sir me too tho lol
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:43 PM   #9
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friend ran a stop sign going across 518 between league city and friendswood and a truck hit us on my door, police report said the truck that hit us didnt even get a chance to hit his brakes and he was estimated going anywhere from 60-80. I dont remember really any of it tho except part of the helicopter ride then woke up getting stitches in my face lol
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I don't know about the should or shouldnt but I did mine. With car paint. It came out alright used 400 then 1000 grit sandpaper. wet sanded it by hand. Then sprayed it like a fender. Lol!
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well thank you
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Technically your not supposed to paint a helmet. But if you do don't use a power sander of any sort. (to avoid flat spotting) and don't use any reducer in the primer. The reducer will weaken the plastic on a molecular level. It's your brain and thats just my 2cents.
so what is the best way? since you have a shop...pm me the location, i might want to get some work done
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so what is the best way? since you have a shop...pm me the location, i might want to get some work done
I don't paint helmets for people its too much of a liability. If someone goes down at 100+ and dies even if the paint was not to blame if the helmet fails so does my shop, and possibly my freedom.

PS how did i score on the test?
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I have been tossing around the idea of doing helmet "wraps" using the same material as on vehicle adv.
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Since the pro riders have custom painted helmets, who paints them? Does the factory? If so, will they do it for the public?
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Where did you get the information about not painting helmets? I want to look that up.
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Never ever paint a platic helmet but carbon fibre composites which most top end stuff is fabricated from is fine if the right paints are used, namely 2K although water based paints will replace them over time as we go green

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Let me rephase that -
Where can I get the information directly that gives the effects of painting a helmet?
I get requests and I want to know what materials I'm woking with so I can accept or refuse a job.
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