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Custom Helmet Painting, Who Does, How Much?(7 posts)

Custom Helmet Painting, Who Does, How Much?Ernie
Mar 18, 2001 6:03 PM
I was curious about custom painting my Giro Boreas to match my Bianchi XL Boron, and want to know if anyone has done this before?

What are the names of shops that can provide a professional paint job?

What is the approx. cost?

Do bike frame refinishers do helmet painting, if so which ones?

Any recommendations greatly appreciated!!

re: Custom Helmet Painting/Longshot??TC
Mar 18, 2001 6:40 PM
I recently saw a article in ESPN The Magazine about hockey goaltenders getting their masks painted. If you live in or near a town that has a pro team call them up and see who did theirs. Goalies have some awesome paint jobs on their masks. You'd probably be without that helmet for awhile. Sounds like a neat idea!!

ya know...Akirasho
Mar 18, 2001 8:48 PM
Many a local artisan might be able to paint a helmet for you... the hard part would be finding a compatible paint for your particular helmet's materials... though I suspect that's easier these days since there are tons more water soluable acrylics on the market.

Aside from that, MTBr's have used this source for years.

hmmmmm... I've got three lime green Boreas that I bought on closeout from Supergo a couple years ago. I had always intended to lay an airbrush on one or two of 'em. I think I'll give it a go this week and post the results. Maybe I'll find my true calling.

Be the bike.
Check with helmet mfg.Lazy
Mar 19, 2001 5:17 AM
They may be able to point you in the right direction. They also might tell you that painting it will void the warrantee since the paint will hide any hairline cracks that would otherwise be visible.
Being an ice hockey goaltender...nigel
Mar 19, 2001 10:45 AM
I know that there are many artisans out there who'll custom-paint any type of helmet. I personally used MaskFX, a guy named Sam Russo in Toronto, Canada. His turn-around time was quick, he's great to work with (super-friendly guy), does SUPERB work, and gives you what you want.

Here's the Web site:

(If the link doesn't work, do a search on "Mask FX" (in quotes) on Yahoo! Scan down 'til you see the link. If you go to the bottom of the Web page and click the "MaskFX's Media" link, you'll see some masks (pro and amateur) he's done. Mine is the jack o' lantern one mask. The detailing is incredible (close-up, it looks 3D due to his shading, and looks like a real pumpkin, just as I'd asked). He did it for me, per my specs, and did a super job with lots of clearcoat. One of a kind, too. Give Sam a ring, and tell him Andy (with the pumpkin mask) recommended you. He'll remember me.

Don't know what he'll charge for a bike helmet, but isn't it a risky thing to get a bike helmet painted? What if you (Heaven forbid) crash and wreck it? All that $$ down the drain. If my paint gets scratched by a stick, goalpost, or puck, I can have him touch it up, but the same can't be said for a bike helmet.

Good luck with the customization, and have fun with the design!!

Nigel (Andy)
Cool mask!Lazy
Apr 3, 2001 8:16 AM
Those are pretty awesome. I like the great pumpkin, what made you choose that? Very slick.
re: Custom Helmet Painting, Who Does, How Much?merlin666
Apr 3, 2001 8:02 AM
I can't tell you how much but you can call Dave Sem custom paint & graphics (210) 495-6701. To see some of his work goto and click on his logo