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Helmet paint #2

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by biketiger, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. biketiger

    biketiger Chimp

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    My buddy was trusting enough to let me experiment with painting his helmet. It's only my second, but it turned out pretty decent. Check it out.
     

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    Thats looks good. Did you use stencils? What kind of paint? When you painted it, did you have to put masking tape in the vents, so that paint wouldn't get on the styrofoam?
     
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    I cut the shapes myself from low-tack frisket paper, painted over them and peeled them up. It was my first attempt at that method, so I ran into a few problems. I just used acrylic, water-based paints. The clear-coat is the hardest part.

    Masking is super hard. I plug the holes with soft foam and cap it off with tape. I am still experimenting.
     

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    What did you clear coat it with?
     
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    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    dylan designs watch out. ;)

    good first effort man.
     
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    Believe it or not, I used gloss clear spray paint. It's a pain, because it dries fast, initially, but doesn't completely harden for quite a while. Especially if you get it on thick enough to look decent. I haven't had any experience with professional grade clear coat. Someday, maybe.

    Thanks.
     
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    I put poly urathane spray on my helmet. I was seeing if I could make it not scratch. It helped a little.
     
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    Here are a few more pics in the sunlight. You can't tell with the other pics that the gray has a silver flake in it.
     

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    biketiger Chimp

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    Here are the "before" pics.

    easy reason for a bump :D
     

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    PatBranch Turbo Monkey

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    Thats what mine looked like with masking tape when I was spraying it. I did some crashes on tunnel and cold springs here in santa barbara and it got some scratches, but the poly urathane helped.
     
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    DHS Friendly Neighborhood Pool Boy

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    you sand off the original paint?
     
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    thaflyinfatman Turbo Monkey

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    Bloody hell, that's a decent job.
     
  13. biketiger

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    Original graphics are still there. Rubbed it down with a 3M scotch brite pad, primer and paint.