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Old 04-30-2008, 03:28 PM   #1
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How to repaint helmet?

Can anyone give me a step by step on what I need and how to prep my helmet for repainting? Accidentally dropped my scorpion on the concrete and now I have small chips on the paint, hardly noticable but I know its there. I have always been pretty good at designs so I wanted to use this helmet as my test helmet.

I have access to an airbrush, I just needed a step by step for the prep.

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Old 04-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #2
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how good are you w/that airbrush?
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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Dropped your helmet, you may need to just buy a new helmet. I was taught that helmets are only good for one crash/wreck/drop... one impact is enough to destroy the protective webbings...

To answer your question:
1. Tape off the shield, clips, padding, and vents
2. Get some sandpaper (If you are going to use primer then use 600 grit if no primer use 400 grit) and wetsand the helmet down
3. Prime it
4. Spray it with paint (Some have used automotive paint and some have used spray paint, i would go with the latter)
5. Spray Clear coat.
6. Enjoy
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:39 PM   #4
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I tried to edit the above, but cant... i got the sandpaper grit backwards, if using primer use the 400, if no primer then use the 600.... but has to be sanded wet...
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...... but when i have problems being able to screw other things i normally tie them up and lube the out of it. dont be afraid do get rough with it. if you cant handle it with the tool you have maybe the task is to hard for you. in which case if could be time for some tag team action and maybe even a foursome...
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Couple of things I would change above besides the grits being backwards:

I would remove all parts (shield, vents if you can, instead of taping off)
No primer (just don't sand through the helmet's clear coat)
Use automotive base/ clear system (not from rattle can)

Be very patient can careful.
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helmet painting.....strip everything off that can be removed, tape off what you can't remove

just an fyi, if you prime, you must sand.

primer is not for the paint to stick. which most people dont know.

step by step.

fill in the knicks or sand them down and primer the area
sand with 400, then 600 until uniform....wet or dry doesn't matter.
wipe down helmet with wax and grease remover
get a tack cloth and tack off the dust
paint
let dry
assemble

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how big are these chips?

touch of paint...
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i have used fingernail polish on a scratch before and it turned out pretty well.
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I tried to edit the above, but cant... i got the sandpaper grit backwards, if using primer use the 400, if no primer then use the 600.... but has to be sanded wet...
LOL this cracks me up why do you think it has to be sanded wet? do you even know what wet sanding is for?



ill tell you all it does is keep the sand paper clean so it last longer that is all just saves money on sand paper
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Dropped your helmet, you may need to just buy a new helmet. I was taught that helmets are only good for one crash/wreck/drop... one impact is enough to destroy the protective webbings...
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LOL this cracks me up why do you think it has to be sanded wet? do you even know what wet sanding is for?



ill tell you all it does is keep the sand paper clean so it last longer that is all just saves money on sand paper


dry sanding is more effective as well

i only wetsand on final sanding.
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LOL this cracks me up why do you think it has to be sanded wet? do you even know what wet sanding is for?

ill tell you all it does is keep the sand paper clean so it last longer that is all just saves money on sand paper
I only mentioned it has to be sanded wet (on the other forums that I am a part of and they have done this) a lot of the users have stated that dry sanding makes it difficult to remove all the residuals. But I will concede to not knowing much, I just posted what i have seen others have said and done. I have never done it, so please educate...
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dry sanding is more effective as well

i only wetsand on final sanding.
this is correct with me as well
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To answer the question about how big the chips are on the helmet, probably smaller than the size of a nickle, and like I said before its hardly noticable. It did not affect the quality of the helmet and I dont feel like dishing out another 200 - 300 dollars for a new one. I am pretty good with graphic design so I will see what I can come up with. I will post pics when I am done. Thanks everyone!!!
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dry sanding is more effective as well

i only wetsand on final sanding.
and with 1000, 1500 or 2000 grit paper
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i only wetsand on final sanding.
this is correct with me as well
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Well you know what, I have to correct myself, the chips are way smaller than a nickle, probably as small as a millimeter. You know really small chips that I know are there that are driving me crazy, anyways my bike is custom painted and Im just taking advantage of practicing graphics on my helmet before I get the guts to strip my bike apart and begin to do my bike. Again thanks for the info......
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whats good for filler in chipped paint.... just bondo?
i have a helmet sitting in the closet i wana play with for my dirtbike.

the chips are maybe a dime size but its chipped through the paint so ill need a filler.
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whats good for filler in chipped paint.... just bondo?
i have a helmet sitting in the closet i wana play with for my dirtbike.

the chips are maybe a dime size but its chipped through the paint so ill need a filler.
You can use Bondo as a spot filler, chances are, if the helmet is damaged that badly, it's not any good any more anyway.
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