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How to custom paint a helmet right?

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  1. stinky6

    stinky6 Monkey

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    I have an old helmet and I want to play around with painting it so what is the process? Its black now so should I do a coat of primer? How much sanding? How do I remove the black edge liner, should I even remove it? Any tips would be good. I don't plan on doing anything complex or difficult, but I don't want it to look like crap either.
     

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  2. snoopz666

    snoopz666 Monkey

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    do a search, there have been a few threads about this already. :)
     
  3. TWISTED

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    I used to paint helmets for people years ago, Twisted Mind Designs. I got all the same House of Kolor paint as Troy Lee and used the best PPG acrylic urethane top coat I could find. had five air brushes, two jam guns, and one Devilbiss full size gun for top coat. Did about sixty or so helmets at $200-$300 each. That was between 1990 and 1996 or so, then an occasional ones here and there for friends and guys I sponsored.

    If you want to do it right, you'll need all this stuff. Leave the rubber trim on and tape over it. You'll rip it trying to get it off.

    Get some House of Kolor SG100 intercoat clear, that stuff was my favorite. it's a quick drying clear coating that you can use for all kinds of custom work.

    Never try to use any rattle can paint. Takes forever to dry, runs easily
    leaves high tape-off edges.
    I have had excellent luck with Krylon ultra flat black paint. If you want something black in a hurry, like a helmet or bike, or whatever. All the black Mountain Cycle proto frames were painted by me with that stuff. I even painted Sam Hill's proto Sunday with it.
     
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    santacruzer87 Monkey

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    step by step:
    1) put in box
    2) ship to TLD
     
  5. TWISTED

    TWISTED Turbo Monkey

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    You forgot step 3) Come up with $1000 for the paint job.
     
  6. dG video

    dG video I blew a mod to get this title

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    Better yet,

    1. Take old helmet, donate to local kid.
    2. Call up go-ride, place order for TLD.

    Dan
     
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    General Lee Turbo Monkey

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    Any suggestions for a decent primer? Thats the one thing I am waiting to figure out...

    I gotta get back into airbrushing, so much fun...
     
  9. TWISTED

    TWISTED Turbo Monkey

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    I don't remember which PPG primer I used. I've still got all my stuff out at my brother's house, but haven't touched it in five years.
     
  10. TWISTED

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    Nice looking D2. It looks like they used abalone pearl or dry flakes over both white and black. I did a helmet similiar looking. Abalone flakes over white with red metalflake flames and the lower area was abalone flakes over black. Oh, and a hot chick in a bathing suit airbrushed on the back.:thumb:
    Tim
     
  11. General Lee

    General Lee Turbo Monkey

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    nope. i did the whole thing with createx auto air paint since i just do it for fun and don't have a sraybooth and hate mixing urethane paint. the clear coat is high gloss house of kolor urethane though.
     
  12. stinky6

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    thanks for the info.
    I would get a regular Troy Lee, but that isn't original and a custum paint job costs way more than I can afford. Not to mention I will crash and that would ruin my day, week maybe even month everytime I saw my was cool paint job with a huge gouge in it.
     
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    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    Maybe Jeremiah will chime in here soon. He paints a ton of helmets each year for the pros. You can check out his work at www.dylandeandesigns.com or PM him....D
     
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    What type of place would sell the stuff to do this?
     
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    TWISTED Turbo Monkey

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    Auto paint store. Ask them for help and if they have a House of Kolor catalog.
     
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    You did a great job, especially for someone just doing it for themselves. I bet you've got artistic and painting experience from other things though.
    Looks great!
     
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    Where do you live?
     
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    like people have said before, check out an auto body supply store. as for the clear, i'd have an auto body place clear it for you if u have no experience with the stuff. also...you might not have to use primer if there is a good base, check out some adhesion promotors especially from alsa.
    small sample of my work. LD Designs
     
  20. stinky6

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    I live in Washington.
     
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    I know Scott Sherbert and his company "Screwy Designs" are up in Washington somewhere. Maybe you can ask him for help.
    http://screwydesigns.com/home.htm