A biker’s love resides in his bike and a wise biker also loves his helmet. A stylish bike should have a stylish helmet. Helmets which look good are more appealing to wear and to flaunt on the road. Moreover, it is an important safety device so it should also be taken good care of like repaired or painted whenever necessary. A few things, however, should be kept in mind before paining the helmet.
There are two ways of painting a helmet. One can be airbrushing the helmet and the other is wet painting. Both involve a few measures before painting.
- Take out all the parts of the helmet that you do not wish to be painted like the visor and windshield. Also the inner pads should be carefully taken out and kept with proper care in sunlight for sometimes to make it feel fresh.
- Clean the outer hard shell of the helmet as dirt and dust will not allow the paint to settle on the surface smoothly.
- If the inner shell of the helmet is removed during painting make sure that it is not being glued back with adhesive that can damage it.
- The vents of the helmet like the one on the top and the one near the mouth should be covered up. If it is not covered properly the paint may enter into the inner surface of the helmet and it can damage the interior permanently.
- Make sure that the air brushing process or even the paints used in painting the helmet does not come in contact with the interior of the helmet as these paints can damage the surface.
- If you are getting your helmet airbrushed then you must remember that urethane color outlast acrylic paints. These colors are water based and unlike acrylic color they offer better coverage. It dries faster than acrylic colors or even oil paints.
- Make sure you keep in mind whether you visor or the shield in front is photo chromatic or not because for photo chromatic shield if the person painting your helmet further puts color on it then it will either blur or completely cut out the front vision.
- Remember to judge the surface of the outer cover before getting your helmet painted because not all types of color are suitable for all kinds of helmets. If the surface of your helmet is very smooth, then sandpaper has to be used to make the surface dull, so that the paint can stay for longer.
There are basically two to three ways in which helmets are colored which are air brushing, pin stripping, which is more like a designing technique and the other is hand painted. The colors used to paint are water based, oil based, acrylic, opaque, textile colors and urethane. The helmet glows at night if you use the fluorescent colors.
Choose a color that matches all the above criteria and keep up the style as well as the safety quotient high.