Do you think your helmet looks a little too boring? Are you fed up of wearing the same design everywhere? Do you want to change your look but can’t afford to buy a new helmet? No need to fret, you only need a bunch of spray paints or regular paints, and an inspiration to know about How to paint motorcycle helmets.
Well, maybe more than just those two but you definitely can change your entire look if you just go and get these products with an additional one or two more. With this equipment, you can paint your usual helmet into a new one and enjoy a different look with much less money spent.
The question is, How to paint motorcycle helmets and get the job done yourself? Painting your motorcycle helmet might sound risky but if you have confidence in your creativity, you can easily achieve this goal. All you need is a little freehand practice before embarking on this journey yourself, and perhaps a few friends to give you a hand.
Make sure to read the instruction manual that came with your helmet before painting it though. This is to ascertain that the materials you are about to use would not harm the material of your helmet in any way.
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Before starting the process, make sure that you have all the supplies:
How To Paint Motorcycle Helmets – Supplies to Consider:
To paint the perfect helmet, you would need the following items at your disposal:
- A spray gun or an airbrush
- Masking tape
- Sandpaper (preferably 400 grit)
- Abrasive pad (dishwashing pad)
- Matte spray paint
- Quick coat (premier and black)
- Latex gloves
Read the instruction manual of your helmet and make sure that the chemicals in your paints do not harm your helmet. Also, make sure that you place the helmet on a clean surface while painting it. If there is any residue paint, it can affect your artwork with unwanted swatches.
Take your helmet apart:
This is the most important step before painting the helmet. Your helmet is made of various removable parts like the face shield, inner protective pads, and speaker (if you have it). Before initialing the painting process, make sure that your helmet does not have any of these things still attached to it.
Take away the face shield carefully along with the cheek pads; chin guard, inner protective visor and any electronics form your helmet. Clean the surfaces with a dry cloth to make sure that there is no dust particle stuck to these surfaces.
If you can’t remove any of the objects mentioned above, make sure to properly mask them with a tape or an impenetrable sheet of plastic secured at the edges with a tape.
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Prepare the helmet before paints:
Use cleaning alcohol to wipe the entire exposed surface of the helmet with an alcohol wipe or alcohol and wipe. Make sure that there is no dust or grime stuck to the surface of the helmet. Check for any deep cracks or damaged areas on your helmet as well.
Remove all the stickers or stick-on that you or the company might have added. If they don’t come off easily, warm them up with a hairdryer and pull them off.
Next, rub the entire surface with the 400 grit sandpaper thoroughly and remove the previous coat of color and the remaining sticker glue on the surface. Make sure that the helmet surface is no longer shiny but should be rough. This will allow the paint to properly stick to the surface.
Swipe away the grit, color and any dust particles again from the surface with alcohol after rubbing it with the sandpaper.
Painting on the primer coat on the surface:
Apply the primer coat first and let it dry out completely. Repeat the process and apply at least 2 to 3 coats of primer paint, each time drying it completely.
Make sure that your paint doesn’t reach the inside surface of the helmet and avoid spraying there even after covering it with tape.
Give at least 12-14 hours to completely dry all the coats of primer.
Drawing the design:
Draw the outlines of the designs that you want on your helmet before letting the final coat dry. Once drawn, let it rest overnight till the primer coat dries up.
Paint the helmet as you desire:
Before your final paint, put on a guide coat. This can be a single coat of black paint that can as act as a guide for your final paint. Rub it with the sandpaper and clean the roughened surface properly before applying the paint.
After that, you are free to fill in your desired colors and designs as you wish.
For multiple colors, make sure to paint the colors in the form of coats. First comes the one which will cover the largest area and let it dry. Put tape on the borders in the form of your design and spray paint it next. The tapes will protect the bottom layer while giving you a clear outline.
Let the helmet dry overnight between each layer so that the colors don’t mix or come off.
Clear coating the helmet:
After the helmet dries up, coat the entire helmet with clear paint. Again, use at least 2 to 3 coats of clear spray paint and let each coat dry before painting on the next.
After painting with the clear coat, finish it off with a 1500 grit sandpaper for that smooth and shiny finish.
Unmasking and reassembly:
Remove all the tapes and protective sheets from the helmet and assemble all the parts together. You have a brand new form of your old helmet, ready to ride with you!
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