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Painted Helmets(4 posts)

Painted HelmetsJohnny Coolwood
Dec 28, 2001 7:59 AM
Anyone know what paint to use on a microshell helmet? I want to change a dull giro to my team colors, but I don't want it to melt when I do it.
I used acryclics, but be aware...cory
Dec 28, 2001 8:50 AM
I used acrylic paints from a craft shop--hundreds of colors, and they go on smoothly and last pretty well. Be aware, though, that most manufacturers (at least last time I looked, which was a year or so ago) say you can void the warranty if you paint. I assume that's just to cover them if people use something (lacquer?) that dissolves the plastic, but it's worth remembering.
re: Painted HelmetsBruno S
Dec 28, 2001 12:11 PM
Most helmets have a lexan cover that has been painted from the inside. If you paint it from the outside it will never look the same. You can buy paint for Lexan at R/C hobby shops but if used on the outside it will not give you a glossy finish. If you can remove the shell, there is a special chemical to remove the paint from Lexan, also sold at R/C hobby shops. Then you could paint it from the inside to get a good finish but the whole process would be a major project.
re: Painted Helmetspainted helmets
Dec 28, 2001 12:35 PM
You can paint helmets but it is a major project and unless you know what you are doing, it will turn out like crap.

I can only think of one way of painting a helmet and it requires alot of specialty paint equipment.

If you really want a unique look, get it professionally done. There is no way to do it homemade and quickly. It would be alot cheaper to buy another helmet.

On expensive helmets, the hardshell is bonded to the foam permanetly so there is no way to remove it.