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Old 12-29-2011, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got plain white helmet and was thinking about painting something on it, but came across some information that some paint can cause damage to the outer plastic of the helmet making it weak. So my question is - what would be the best paint to use for painting helmet and not damaging it? 1 thing to bare in mind - obviously it should be water proof and good for low temperatures as well.

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Solvent based paint = very bad. Water based paint = not very waterproof and doesn't stick to plastic very well.

Go to a sign shop and get them to make you some custom stickers?
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Solvent based paint = very bad. Water based paint = not very waterproof and doesn't stick to plastic very well.

Go to a sign shop and get them to make you some custom stickers?
What about emamel paint wiki and few layers of clear coat on top?
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What about emamel paint wiki and few layers of clear coat on top?
Enamel is oil based=solvent=attacks (most) plastics and weakens them. Not a good idea it being a helmet and all
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Go to a sign shop and get them to make you some custom stickers?
Yea I second the stickers no point in wasting a helmet just to make it look pretty IMO. But if your dead set on putting something on it maybe draw on it with some sharpies?
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Yea I second the stickers no point in wasting a helmet just to make it look pretty IMO. But if your dead set on putting something on it maybe draw on it with some sharpies?


Sorry, sharpies are solvent based too!

Shit, I sound like someones mother. Don't this, that or the other thing

FYI, I painted a bike helmet when I was a kid with solvent based model paint and used it for a couple years like that before getting a new one. It was fine, but I had no crashes involving my head so... yeah
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I scuffed my entire helmet then applied a primer to it then painted it flat black and then had it custom hand painted

It worked

You have to scuff off all of the gloss and apply a primer before doing anything
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Sorry, sharpies are solvent based too!
Bummer guess hes SOL then..

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Shit, I sound like someones mother. Don't this, that or the other thing
Haha always a great feeling, I'm like that with my roommate up at school always having to tell him what to do... But hey at least your knowledgeable!
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I scuffed my entire helmet then applied a primer to it then painted it flat black and then had it custom hand painted

It worked

You have to scuff off all of the gloss and apply a primer before doing anything
Did you test it in the accident after?? I think primer contains solvent as well ...
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Yep, give it a light sand with fine sandpaper to give it a 'tooth' for the paint to grab onto. Then etch primer, usually a light colour like matte grey is standard, then enamel whatever designs etc, then as you say you could clear coat it.

But then, I'm saying don't do it so...
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