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That painted helmet......

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I was just reading an old thred from 2009 about someone wanting to paint their helmet. I was wondering if anyone has done it and if it has, in fact, altered the integrity of the helmet.  I have a white Smith Variant Brim helmet and was thinking of painting the area where the vents are located. (the two indentations on the sides of the helmet).  I was thinking of a grey stripe and am thinking about Krylon.  smile.gif

post #2 of 6

Try Krylon Fusion for Plastic.

post #3 of 6

I've painted a couple so far, both Variant Brims.  The painting was no problem.  As far as compromising the integrity........ well I can only offer a bit of anecdotal evidence.  I've skied in one of 'em for a few seasons with no problems.  Last year I took a header that felt pretty dramatic and both my head and the helmet survived.  I think the only way to truly answer your question would be to repeat the same testing that they do during R&D.

 

I really don't see it as a problem though.  I would recommend doing a very light sanding of the area to be painted.  I suppose that anything that removes or damages the plastic would weaken it a bit, but I'm talking very light.  It doesn't worry me at all but... don't go by me, I'm not all that smart =)

post #4 of 6

Go for it. Take pictures and come back and post a TR.

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Originally Posted by thekidd326 View Post

I was just reading an old thred from 2009 about someone wanting to paint their helmet. I was wondering if anyone has done it and if it has, in fact, altered the integrity of the helmet.  I have a white Smith Variant Brim helmet and was thinking of painting the area where the vents are located. (the two indentations on the sides of the helmet).  I was thinking of a grey stripe and am thinking about Krylon.  smile.gif



IMO, it's a liability-cover-my-ass stance by the helmet manufacturers since they cannot control what type of paint(solvent) is being used. There is a possibility that the solvents could attack the plastic and alter the integrity of it, but generally not. Alpine racers often have their helmets custom painted.

post #6 of 6

I've customized two helmets in the past 5 years and they are fine.

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