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Author Topic: I dont like the color of my bike helmet. Can I spraypaint it?  (Read 2269 times)
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« on: April 10, 2010, 09:22 PM »

So will a can of spraypaint damage the foam that bike helmets are made of?
i'm thinkin dull or matte finish
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 09:28 PM »

I would suggest against trying to spray paint your helmet like this.  Usually aerosol paints are solvent based and those solvents may cause the foam to dissolve completely.  Try spraying a small amount of paint onto a cardboard square.  Then use a Q Tip to spread a tiny amount of paint on the foam in a place it won't show 1st.

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 09:31 PM »

Thanks for the advice!
Hmm maybe water base? With a air-brush?
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 10:40 PM »

Thanks for the advice!
Hmm maybe water base? With a air-brush?

What is wrong with it's current color???
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 11:50 PM »

The simple answer is no. For sure the foam won't hold up, assuming it is a hard shell since a soft shell you could simply change tha fabric color, you could probably remove the foam but that still won't help. Without some research into the materials used in the shell and compatability with the solvents used in your paint you could weaken the shell too. Even fiberglass motorcycle helments had the warning "Do not paint".

It's not worth the risk, your head is worth the cost of a new helmet if the color is really that bad. Are you using a mirror or something on the bike? I can't figure out how you're seeing the color when it's on and your riding unless you you have snail eyes and I don't recall noticing that last  time we met up  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010, 04:38 AM »

I got t-boned once. I broke the air dam and antenna of a VW Golf. I broke the windshield with my shoulder and I'm sure my helmet hit the windshield too. Don't do anything to alter the integrity of the helmet. You  might need it one day.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 06:29 AM »

Mmmmyeah you guys are right. I'm having a hard time finding a Orange/Red styled helmet for I have have 2 bikes like that. The old helmet i had where it went who knows, was fine, but I'm skimming all the current brands for color my limit 100$ but i'm finding the 60$ have the best color.
I went thru Bell, Uvex, Giro, Specialized,um what am i missing?
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2010, 08:05 AM »

I'm having a hard time finding a Orange/Red styled helmet for I have have 2 bikes like that. The old helmet i had where it went who knows, was fine, but I'm skimming all the current brands for color my limit 100$ but i'm finding the 60$ have the best color.
I went thru Bell, Uvex, Giro, Specialized,um what am i missing?

I just went through this exercise and spent several weeks doing the search for a helmet.

Let me know what colors (is it alright if the red/orange includes black or is that a deal breaker for the summer months), style of helmet (aero, multi-sport, moto, etc), buckle style, and helmet size.  Are you looking for a solid or patterned helmet?

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2010, 08:23 AM »

Water based acrylics or water borne urethanes applied with an airbrush or gun would be an option.
Getting a good bond on plastic is always interesting - but at least it wouldn't eat the foam.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2010, 12:52 PM »

I sent you a picture of an idea that might work instead of painting the helmet...LOL  Let me know what you think after you see the picture...LOL  I would have posted it here, but I don't know how to post a picture here.

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