Helmet help


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urbanmadness
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Helmet help

Postby urbanmadness » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:35 pm



I recently bought a new helmet on clearance. I paid 40 bucks for a half helmet with built in, drop down visor. Not a bad deal, but the paint was awful. It was flat black, and the finish felt gummy. Like they didn't let it flash properly at the factory.

I really liked the helmet but the finish drove me nuts. It looked like a helmet I found at the bottom of the river, just terrible. So I broke out the sand paper and striped it down, repainted white, did my airbrush stuff on it and then did a top coat.

The biggest mistake was, the top coat. I thought it was a candy but it turned out to be just a regular base coat so it really covered more then I thought it would. This has made the air brush work on the helmet, very subtile. After shooting the clear on it, I really decided I like it. The helmet still needs to be color sanded and buffed, but so far it, I think it looks pretty good.

What do you guys think?






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Re: Helmet help

Postby redial » Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:17 pm

You have posted the same message on both boards, and received one response that is positive. I like the shiny, light coloured, bone domes, (similar to what you have produced), and much prefer the solids to all the fancy patterns that seem popular to infer going fast. I just like a helmet to be plain and very functional to do its best to protect my skull and the other essential items inside the helmet.
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Re: Helmet help

Postby urbanmadness » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:37 am

I have a full face I normally wear that I really like. I like this helmet tho and I like paint projects from time to time. It has a flip down sun visor and on those hot 110 degree days, where a full face is unbearable, it does help.

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Re: Helmet help

Postby dingdong » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:51 am

There have been discussions across the boards regarding painting helmets. Some say that some types of paint damages some types of helmets. (How's that for a non commitment?) I don't have a clue myself. This is from the Q & A at Bell helmets website.

"Q: Can I Paint My Helmet?

A: Bell does not recommend paints or solvents of any kind be used on the helmets. They can damage a helmet so that its protective capabilities are significantly reduced."

?????????
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Re: Helmet help

Postby urbanmadness » Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:19 am

I am sure Bell would say something like that. Mostly from a product liability stand point. They don't know what you are painting a helmet with, etc.




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