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Old 05-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Helmet Painting Advice?

I bought one of those Joe Rocket Helmets that OSUFZ1 turned us on to. The graphics are a bit much for me and I would prefer to paint it something conservative. I could probably get some fine grit sand paper and good quality spray can and it would look alright.

Anyone have good luck/suggestions for painting it? Doesn't have to be perfect. Maybe Dean D would have some tips,...doesn't he paint?

Here is a link to the helmet if that helps. I think it's fiberglass composite or something.

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...le_helmet.html
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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I'm with you on this one but I don't paint, so I don't really have any advice other than to do it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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You could try some Plasti-dip on it, with little to no loss other than you time if it doesn't work out.

See a million tutorials on Youtube on how to do that.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:05 AM   #4
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Definitely plastidip.

I did my girlfriends pink helmet. Cool thing about it, I did this over a period of two days and like 4 coats. It seems to melt the areas around it when it goes on and blends unlike any paint i've ever used. I actually peeled some away at one point and sprayed over it and it smoothed it right out. Left some of the pink on the bike for accents. Need to touch up the vents and such, but you can see the back side of the helmet that it had those crazy graphics on it. Dip went right over now problem.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Dang, never heard of plastidip but looks cool with great results so I am going to research it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
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Plastidip looks like a winner.
Here is a good video about painting your own helmet.








Here is a Plastidip



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Old 05-09-2013, 09:52 AM   #7
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It should be noted I did a really shitty job. haha.

You can make it look a LOT nicer than what I did. Mine was a quick 45minute job in total. Also nice because if you want to ditch it, it literally just peels away with no residue. Rock chips and such also are low concern because its a rubberized surface and if chipped just fill the hole in.

I'm considering doing my helmet sometime soon with it, but I'll see how hers fairs against bugs and such before I decide.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #8
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It should be noted I did a really shitty job. haha.

You can make it look a LOT nicer than what I did. Mine was a quick 45minute job in total. Also nice because if you want to ditch it, it literally just peels away with no residue. Rock chips and such also are low concern because its a rubberized surface and if chipped just fill the hole in.

I'm considering doing my helmet sometime soon with it, but I'll see how hers fairs against bugs and such before I decide.
I think it looks good.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #10
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You can do OK with a rattle can. My old Shoei got a big ugly scratch, so I made it look OK until I could get another helmet.
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Just beware that solvents in paint will melt the polythene inside the helmet shell.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:03 AM   #12
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You can do OK with a rattle can. My old Shoei got a big ugly scratch, so I made it look OK until I could get another helmet.
Looks real good!
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:05 AM   #13
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Just beware that solvents in paint will melt the polythene inside the helmet shell.
Right......which also leads to tumors in he occiptal lobe of the brain?
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Plastidip Always keep a can on hand!
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #15
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Hey Sammax...

Yes, you want to keep it off the inside of the helmet... but just tape it up nice, protect the inside, and spray paint... takes a few minutes and is dry in just a few more.

Josh put black racing stripes on his new Challenger with Plastidip, and it looked great. He even did the wheels. when he was done... picked at it with a finger nail and just peeled it off. No damage to the paint... just like it was never there. cool stuff!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #16
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Steve, after I got the helmet I have decided for now to leave it alone. Sure, it's not my style or color preference but it does look good. But I learned from this thread. Plastidip is some cool stuff.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:03 PM   #17
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helmet painting

Get in touch with the guy who owns www.powerplucker.com we've been friends for 15 years, he used to paint helmets for a living, and he does a really good job at a good price. His name is Eli Tell him Robert sent you. actually he can paint anything small. ( his paint booth is maybe 8x10 feet) he did automotive painting for a long time. give him a ring.
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