How to Custom Paint a Racing Helmet

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How to Custom Paint a Racing Helmet
Use bright coloured spraypaint to make your helmet stand out from the rest. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

If you're entering in a soap box derby, race car rally or other motorised sporting event, it is important to wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash. While a helmet is designed as a safety device, it often doubles as a fashion statement. Many drivers have custom painted helmets with numbers, symbols and images on them that represent the drivers' interests and personal styles. Painting your own helmet is a relatively simple process that can be completed without expensive tools or equipment.

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer sealer
  • Coloured spraypaint
  • Sticker paper
  • Utility knife
  • Clear top coat

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  1. 1

    Thoroughly clean the surface of the helmet and then buff it using some sandpaper. The sandpaper will make it easier for the primer to stick to the surface of the helmet.

  2. 2

    Remove any visors or other removable pieces from the helmet that you don't intend to paint. If there are pieces that cannot be removed and you don't want to paint them, mask them off using painter's tape.

  3. 3

    Spray a primer sealer over the entire surface of the helmet. Read the manufacturer's instructions on the can to know how long you should wait between coats. Wait the allotted time and then apply a second primer sealer coat. Set the helmet aside to dry for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Spray on your coloured coat of paint. Read the manufacturer's instructions to know how long you should wait before applying a second coat. Wait the allotted time and then apply a second coat of paint. Let the helmet dry completely.

  5. 5

    Print out your logos, numbers or symbols on a sheet of adhesive paper. Use a utility knife to carefully cut out the outline from your paper and then apply the stickers to the surface of the helmet, exactly where you want the images to appear.

  6. 6

    Spray paint inside the sticker paper stencil and then wait until the paint dries before removing the stickers to reveal your designs.

  7. 7

    Finish the helmet by applying a final clear top coat to add shine and protect your custom paint job.

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