Motocross helmets are really in vogue nowadays, and for good reason too. They are stylish, safe to wear, and have a cool aura surrounding them.
Sometimes, however, they come painted in a way that may not appeal to your choice, and repainting may be needed.
Knowing how to paint a motocross helmet can help you customize your designs, all by yourself.
Thus, this article will make sure you know what to do and how to do it so that the helmet has a rad new look to it.
Motocross Helmet Painting: Getting Down to Business
In this section, we will cover the ways and steps you should take when painting a motocross helmet. While different people and websites may cover this topic in different ways, we will try to keep things to the point.
So pay attention, because this is the part that will cover the good stuff.
This is the first and foremost step of painting a motocross helmet of any kind, brand, shape, and size. The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that the helmet is fully exposed and there are no decals on it.
By this, we mean, if there are any stickers, graphics, or such on the exterior of the helmet, then they should be removed.
This exposes the helmet fully and allows you to view it properly so that you know where to end and begin, as well as which paint or style will be better.
Protect the Inside
Line the inside with plastic or tape. This will make sure that no paint reaches the inside of the helmet.
Remember that you do not want to paint the inside, rather just the outside, so no point in wasting paint.
Add Masked Layers
If you want to add decals and other graphics, such as logos and the likes, then you need to start applying masks.
By mask, we mean the outline of the logo you want to be added. You will paint over this, and it can also be peeled off once the painting is done.
Start With the First Layer of Paint
Now is the time to start painting. This can be done in several ways. You have the option of maintaining the same color throughout, or you could transition between colors.
When transitioning between colors, for instance, if you want blue at the top and a gradual transition to black at the bottom, then it is always better to start from the top.
Apply in Layers
One important thing about painting a motocross helmet is that you need to apply the paint in layers.
So that means that one layer of paint is hard enough. Rather, what you need to do is apply multiple layers — one on top of the other.
The reason behind this is that applying several layers will ensure that the paint bonds well to the surface of the helmet, and does not wash away or peel off easily.
Unveil the Decals
Now, once the actual painting is done and dusted, it is time to remove the masked decals. Since you painted over them, you can peel away the masked layer and unveil the logo or decal underneath.
Remember that you can add multiple decals and logos if you want. However, you have to make sure there is enough space and that you do not end up obscuring your vision in any way.
Once everything is the way you like, there is still something you could do to make things look even better.
You could consider applying another layer of clear coat. This will add a new and clearer layer of shine to the helmet and make it stand out. If you have protected any areas with tape, those tapes will come off now as well, exposing the untouched area underneath.
Furthermore, you should also remove all the tape applied inside the helmet once you are sure that the helmet is properly dried off.
Now is the time to test your newly painted helmet. Take it for a spin whenever free, and see how you stand out from the rest of your mates!
Some Useful Tips
While you are primarily done with all the hard work, we still want to provide some tips you may find useful.
Follow State Regulations Regarding Colors
There may be certain regulations regarding applying certain colors on the helmet due to safety issues.
If any such regulations exist in your area, make sure to follow them, otherwise, you could risk losing the helmet!
Use an Airbrush
An airbrush can do the job more smoothly and uniformly, as opposed to a spray can for instance.
Hence, opt to use an airbrush.
Don’t Forget Gloves
Painting can get messy, and some chemicals in the paint may irritate the skin. Always put on gloves when painting, and wash your hand thoroughly afterward.
Now that you have learned to paint a motocross helmet, we hope you will have no issues repainting yours.
Remember the steps we discussed, and you should be good to go. So till next time!