Painted helmets are all the rage right now and for good reason too!
Not only do they look great, but they can also help you stand out from the crowd on the slopes, and also protect you from head injuries.
If you’re thinking of painting your snowboard helmet or your ski helmet, here are some tips to get started.
Clean the helmet before painting. Use painter’s tape to mask any helmet parts you don’t wish to paint. Use a primer if you want to make sure you have an even coat. Remove any drips of primer with sandpaper. Use spray paints or a traditional paint to paint the helmet with the base color. Correct during painting. Apply finishing paint and let the helmet dry.
How to Spray Paint Your Snowboard Helmet?
The steps of painting a snowboard helmet are really quite simple. The following tutorial will show you how to paint your old helmet on your own.
Prepare Tools and the Painting Area
Prepare a windless area for painting. You will need a cardboard box, newspaper, masking tape, spray paint, and a helmet.
You will need some floor and surface protection against the paint overspray. Gather the necessary painting tools and wear a mask to avoid breathing in the fumes. You may also use a visor or goggles for your eyes’ safety.
Clean the Helmet
Before painting, remove grease and dirt first with a grease remover or soap and water. Dry the helmet with a towel. Don’t forget to remove any additional helmet part you would reassemble later.
Tape Parts of the Helmet
If you want special designs or stripes on your helmet, you don’t want to paint every part, so use masking tape to protect the areas you don’t want to paint. Tape them in advance before painting so you don’t have to worry about it while painting.
Apply a Primer Coat
If the helmet manufacturer has any instructions on painting, make sure to look them up. Spray primer is a must for a good paint job. It helps the paint stick to the helmet and gives it a solid base. You can find primer in spray paint cans or in bottles. Apply one or two primer coat of paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use sandpaper if there are drips or bumps on the helmet.
Apply a Color Paint Coat
After the primer has dried, apply one or two color paint coats. Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying time.
Use different colors for a cool design or mix colors for an ombre look. If you’re not happy with the results, you can always repaint.
Give the Helmet a Glossy Finish
To give your helmet a glossy finish, apply a glossy clear coat. This will protect the paint and make it look shiny.
Let It Completely Dry
Air dry the helmet when you are done with the painting. Don’t use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the process. The high heat can damage the helmet. After the topcoat has dried, reassemble the helmet and enjoy your new paint job.
Drying may take a few hours, so be patient. Remove the tapes gently if you want to keep the design.
How to Customize Snowboard Helmet?
Painter’s tapes are practical for covering design elements you don’t want to paint. Snowboard helmets can take on a new look with some paint and creativity. How you customize your helmet will depend on the design and how much painting you want to do.
There are a few ways to approach customizing a snowboard helmet: you can add one or more colors, use stencils, or freehand a helmet design. If you’re not sure about your painting skills, start with a basic design.
Sandpaper is useful for corrections and taking care of drips or bumps in the paint job. Stickers can be applied at the end to add more personality.
What Paint Should I Use on a Helmet?
You can use any spray paint designed for plastic. Acrylic paint can also be used, but you will need to apply it with a brush. Make sure to use a primer before painting. When choosing a color, consider the lightness or darkness of the helmet and the design you want to create.
Enamel and epoxy paint can also be used, but they are harder to work with.
In order to paint a snowboard helmet, you will need the following supplies: primer, spray paint, acrylic paint, and a sealant. The first step is to apply the primer. Next, spray on two coats of your desired color. Once the paint is dry, add any designs or graphics you want using acrylic paint. Finally, coat the entire helmet with a sealant to protect the paint from scratches and fading.
Painting a snowboard helmet can be a fun and easy way to show your personality while hitting the slopes.
In this article, we’ve outlined the supplies you will need as well as the steps necessary to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
So grab your paintbrushes and get creative!