Painting Another Helmet (For Fun)

I hope I’m not boring people with my helmet painting posts! I am really enjoy learning how to do this stuff whether it be trial and error or from info from TJ. This will not ever be something I do as a paying job just enjoyment and satisfaction (plenty of frustration too).
I recently acquired a used helmet from Chris Kutscher a member on here in reply to my wanted ad and this is the helmet I am now playing with.
I am just trying some different colors and trying to improve my masking techniques. The checker mask I made all freehand and I had to do it in two halves so matching up was a bit tricky.
I am making the plunge and going to start spraying clear coat with a gun instead of using the 2k Glamour rattle cans on this one.
The sketch is just a very rough guide, I’m basically making it up as I go along:)






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Well done with the warp on the pattern!

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Glad to see the helmet is going to a good cause!

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Ok so here is the frustrating part! This is actually by far the biggest issue I have ever had. For some reason the magenta didn’t adhere to the base white in this area. The vinyl mask is super sticky but I’ve used it many times before. Luckily this is just on a practice helmet. This kind of thing is why I wouldn’t want to do this for customers :grimacing: I won’t be re painting it as it is just an old helmet that will never be used. I will finish off the rest of it though.

Did you get allllll the rubber coating off before painting? Those rubber helmets need to be fully stripped of all the black before painting. How many layers are you doing for coverage with the paint? What are you cleaning with before you spray?

Pretty sure this one didn’t have the rubber coating on it. I sanded it to remove all of the clear coat which was flaking in places. I went down to the actual fibreglass in some areas. Before I did the base coat I washed the helmet with soap and water then just water. Lightly wiped over with a tack cloth before applying the base coat. I have now ordered some pre paint wipes that Createx recommend to use with their water based paint. For the base I did three coats but I think that I was dusting it too much. What i mean is I didn’t have enough paint mixing with the air. When I was done it looked like when you get overspray in areas but this was mostly all over. I guess I am just being too cautious of laying down too much paint on each coat.
The strange part is that the magenta which was the second color is fine in the other areas aside from the checkered pattern. I try to do the least amount of coats possible but the magenta was three as well. That Oracel vinyl is really sticky but I’ve used it before with no issues.
I’m going to continue with the helmet and not worry about the checkered are being as it will never be worn. I am waiting to hopefully get three more old helmets from another member on here to practice with.

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Still plugging away although feeling a bit despondent as I spent a lot of time making the mask for the checkers :man_shrugging: I’ve still got lots to learn, would love to spend a few days with someone that is an expert at spraying the Createx acrylic paint.

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That part looks great!

I totally understand the waning desire to finish a project when something has gone wrong…

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bob-ross-painting

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Well I kept looking at it and decided I might as well try and fix it!

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Use a mid tone to cover that, then some light intercoat for extra adhesion, then paint as desired again.

Sometimes if I have something that is continuously peeling or doing something funky, I’ll sand it down, clear the whole helmet, and come back to it after. Sometimes there is contamination on the surface that you can’t see or remove easily for whatever reason and starting over that area with a fresh base of hardened clear will seal in whatever bullshit is sitting on that layer.

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Back at it, hopefully fixing the f up! Got some different base coat paint and some lower tack vinyl for the mask.
Just fyi if anyone is interested, if you are considering having a helmet painted and are checking out pricing and think it is expensive check this out. I just ordered some clear coat from HOK (i’ve been using spraymax 2k glamor in a rattle can) and a quart of this stuff with the reducer is almost $200 :flushed: There is way more to helmet painting than meets the eye!


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Art stuff is so pricey. I remember buying paints and being like wtf in college.

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And I’m buying gallons at a time…

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Luckily success this time:) I think the new base paint helped and the lower tack vinyl. I also sprayed two heavier layers instead of trying to build up with three layers. Going to try clear with the gun tomorrow for the first time.


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Finally finished this one. Learned a lot, still not even close perfect but getting there :blush: I need to get better at taking photos, it looks much better in person!



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Looks great!
That’s interesting how much the color of the orange ‘B’ (in the G.B.H logo) changes between direct light and when it’s in the shadow of the camera (in the TY video). Is that a florescent paint?

Oooj I dove love bright vibrant colors alot! I love this.

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Thanks! It is flo orange and pearl green on the logo. Wish I could take better pics as the colors look soo much better in real life.

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