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    Helmet paint jobs

    I've worn Aria helmets for some time now and really like them. However I've always wanted to either have one custom painted or do it myself. Has anyone on the forum any experiences in this area they'd like to share?
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    I had mine pinstriped at the rally last year, and it looks amazing. Wezul had his done - it was great! There was a thread last summer with pics of various paint jobs - maybe you could search it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenGS View Post
    I've worn Aria helmets for some time now and really like them. However I've always wanted to either have one custom painted or do it myself. Has anyone on the forum any experiences in this area they'd like to share?
    go to E-Bay and type in custom painted Arai Helmet. there is an artist, I can't recall his name that designs the paint jobs. their then put on Arai Helmets. everything from mild to wild...
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    Thanks for the info so far, but honestly I guess I'm more interested finding some how-to on doing it. But any info is appreciated.
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    Painting helmets

    I do not have the paperwork with me at this time, but I do recall a warning
    that came with my new Shoei Mulitec saying they should not be painted, It
    most likely has something to do with some types of paint having a bad
    reaction to the chemicals used to make the helmet. I would contact Arai and
    ask if certain types of paint could be used without damaging the integity of the
    helmet.

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    Another option is to use stickers, reflective in my case, to customize your head. When light hits the black they turn white. My wife claims that when driving behind me they really do make a difference, plus they ad movement as my head turns.

    Just a thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRUDOLPH148006 View Post
    I do not have the paperwork with me at this time, but I do recall a warning
    that came with my new Shoei Mulitec saying they should not be painted, It
    most likely has something to do with some types of paint having a bad
    reaction to the chemicals used to make the helmet. I would contact Arai and
    ask if certain types of paint could be used without damaging the integity of the
    helmet.
    This is what I've worried about the most. Seems like you can find quite a bit about painting but not much on what type paint is compatible etc. From watching racing it's quite obvious that ALOT of painting is going on but finding the right way seems a bit tricky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRUDOLPH148006 View Post
    I do not have the paperwork with me at this time, but I do recall a warning
    that came with my new Shoei Mulitec saying they should not be painted, It
    most likely has something to do with some types of paint having a bad
    reaction to the chemicals used to make the helmet. I would contact Arai and
    ask if certain types of paint could be used without damaging the integity of the
    helmet.
    For the sake of liability, I don't think that the helmet manufacturers will be inclined to give you anything constructive. This doesn't mean that there isn't a good way to do it, just that the manufacturers won't want to take any chances with giving you ideas.

    Funny too; I've seen the website for one track-day company who won't even allow stickered helmets at their events, due to the idea that maybe the sticker-adhesive might structurally degrade the shell of the helmet.
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    May I suggest posting a question on http://www.custompaintforum.com. There is a ton of info there and they are a good/ helpful bunch bunch of painters. I'm sure you'll find your answers about the right cocktail of paint.
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    Thanks DERost. I'll give it a try.
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    friend of mine paints helmets all the time.I will see what he uses. Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by clowry View Post
    I had mine pinstriped at the rally last year, and it looks amazing. Wezul had his done - it was great! There was a thread last summer with pics of various paint jobs - maybe you could search it?
    Here is the thread:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebake View Post
    friend of mine paints helmets all the time.I will see what he uses. Ed
    Thanks Rebake; I'd appreciate any info.
    Beemerrick

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    i like this very much, where did you get those stickers?

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    Funny paint comments:)

    If the helmet cannot take some paints, how would one ever expect it to protect the head in a crash? The paint today isn't going to eat the helmet and all the plastic cars out there use it from Fibre Corvettes to plastic fenders and all else. Randy

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