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    The death of superman (how not to paint helmets)

    So ever since I picked up the brush to paint the visor when Shay was doing her helmet I've been obsessed with airbrushing helmets. My full face is far to trashed to even mess with painting so I did some practicing on my old dirt lid and worked on a new 661 that was actually too big for me (not to mention all the stickers under the clearcoat make them a real ***** to paint).

    Then, I found some old Bell Ballistic helmets on closeout ($30) and figured with the lack of graphics they would make great candidates for painting. So I ordered 3 mediums but it turned out they only had 2 left so that's what I got.

    In my haste to start painting them apparently I neglected to sand one of them and all my hard work is going ot have to be scrapped.
    It's a shame too because the basic design looked quite promising and I would have really liked to see the end result:

    2 brand new, plain white helmets:


    And as soon as Istarted removing tape I quickly realized my error:

    All those ugly spots are places where the paint peeled off all the way to the original clear coat

    But on the plus side my Green Lantern helmet is off to a good start. Just need to outline the emblen in black and the rest of the white will be outlined in silver:






    I don't think i have to worry about anyone else having a helmet that looks like mine.

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    where did you get thoose plain white helmets?

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    Wink

    I should try painting my helmet...

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    That's quite cool. So can the Superman helmet be salvaged and redone?
    Don't harsh my mello

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    What Paint Is Safe To Use On Helmets?

    I was under the impression that painting helmets was a bad idea as the paint interacts with the plastic and decreases its integrity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne
    I was under the impression that painting helmets was a bad idea as the paint interacts with the plastic and decreases its integrity.
    That is true for motorcycle helmets, so prolly same for full face bike helmets.
    Exceptions were fiberglass shell helmets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedChicken
    But on the plus side my Green Lantern helmet is off to a good start. Just need to outline the emblen in black and the rest of the white will be outlined in silver:.
    Hope you don't run in to any yellow tree branches.
    We all get it in the end.

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    hmmm...

    the big question is... how did the meatballs turn out?

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    Breathing air vents

    I also would not like to inhale what's painted over those air vents.

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