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painting helmet...bad idea?(7 posts)

painting helmet...bad idea?Frith
Apr 23, 2003 7:41 PM
I like the way bell ghisallo's fit and there's one of last years models available for about half the price of a new one. Problem is it is a very ugly colour. Normally I'm not bothered by this kind of thing but this one is particularly bad. When I suggested I might paint it the guy in the shop told me that would be a bad idea because the surface of the helmet is specifically designed to slide across the ashphalt and prevent spinal injuries. Is this a load? I mean it's not like I'm goint to be painting it with a layer of grip-stop... So is it safe to paint a helmet and if so what paints or techniques should I consider?
re: painting helmet...bad idea?Mazinger
Apr 24, 2003 4:30 AM
Does it have an outershell that can be removed then taped back on?

I did my MTB helmet. Since the paint(blue) was on the inside, I took off the shell and sanded most of the paint off. I then sprayed black paint into it. Now it's a combination of blue and black streaks. Looks much better than a fully blue helmet.
Yes, remove outershell as paint breaks down foam padding....[nm]bent_spoke
Apr 24, 2003 5:07 AM
re: painting helmet...bad idea?mainframe
Apr 24, 2003 7:40 AM
I just finished painting my Specialized Sub-Zero for the same reason. Simply mask off at the point where the foam meets the top, if that is how the unit is built. Make sure you prime first. I spayed three coats of finish and five clearcoat passes and it came out just beautiful. Also, for a real nice finish, wet sand (600 grit) between coats and retape each time. Took me about a week to do it right.
re: painting helmet...bad idea?Hardtail
Apr 24, 2003 9:03 AM
Damn, sounds like a nice job. Wish I had the patience to paint one that nicely. As for the original question, just as everybody has said make SURE not to get paint on the foam or you'll be buying a new one.
Acrylics instead of spray enamel??cory
Apr 24, 2003 12:02 PM
If you use acrylic paint (about a jillion colors in any big hobby or craft store), you dodge some of the issues about dissolving the foam. I've done a couple that way. The finish isn't quite as smooth as spray enamel, but it looks fine from 10 feet.
re: painting helmet...bad idea?TUT2222
Apr 24, 2003 2:48 PM
I just got my '03 Ghisallo today(from Nasbar for about 80 bucks) in white. I have the same idea as far as painting it goes, but upon seing it, there will be a lot of work involved. There is no removable outer shell, so it will require lots of masking. I'm wondering if maybe using a combination of tape and liquid masking would be in order. The acrylic paint is also a good idea, but maybe appled with an airbrush for more control. Let me know if you paint yours, and if I do mine, I will post a pic of it, but white is starting to look pretty nice at this point, :).