Helmet Painting - How to spray paint a Black Helmet with White Paint
The end result really looked good and coped with 4 years of regular use.
My original black S1 helmet
In 2007 when I exchanged my Black Tiger 955i for a White Tiger 1050 I did no want to pay an extra £440 for a new matching S1 helmet!. I searched the WWW and found Krylon Fusion paint specially formulated to spray directly on to any kind of plastic without a primer. Krylon claims to be perfectly safe for spraying crash helmets. To prepare I removed the visors and masked the helmet off. I lightly sanded the black finish with fine 3200 wet and dry. I then applied 3 light dusting coats of white paint about 2 minutes apart. This effectively primed the helmet. I followed with 3 thicker top coats 15 minutes apart. The end result was good. Fusion paint was a delight to use, it does not run or splutter, the spray nozzle is designed to give a decent vertical fan and the resulting finish is smooth. It covered my gloss back helmet and the matt back ventilation mouldings. I put the painted helmet away in the airing cupboard for a week to harden off and then added some reflective stickers.
Fusion Paint is available in about 20 different Colours, I used White Gloss which matched my Tiger 1050.
When I rode to work in London I wore a fluorescent over jacket. This coupled with a White Tiger and White Helmet meant that most motorists give me plenty of respect (After you Officer!). They would pull over to let me cruise past. I also have blue and yellow reflective strips on my Handguards and panniers. Anything to ensure safer biking on the daily trudge to work.
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