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Lario Melieux* 09-18-2009 12:46 AM

quick question about spray painting helmets
 
Just bought a 150 dollar black Bauer helmet in anticipation for the upcoming college season and now after tryouts I find that everyone needs blue helmets.

Anyone ever tried spray painting a helmet before?

NYRSinceBirth 09-18-2009 01:29 AM

It voids the certification, chips, and looks like ****. Buy a new helmet.

CanadaBacon 09-18-2009 04:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lario Melieux (Post 21146944)
Just bought a 150 dollar black Bauer helmet in anticipation for the upcoming college season and now after tryouts I find that everyone needs blue helmets.

Anyone ever tried spray painting a helmet before?

Doesnt your school supply helmets/pants/gloves?

Jacob 09-18-2009 09:47 AM

Spray paint can make certain plastics weaker.

noobman 09-18-2009 09:53 AM

My school has one of the lowest athletic budgets in the province (state) and even they provide equipment for the team.

...our school doesn't even have it's own arena! They have to use one that's about 40 mins off campus.

densetsu 09-18-2009 09:53 AM

Personally, I would get a new helmet. They're not that expensive, especially considering the body part they're protecting. You could always try selling your black one on craigslist, or just keeping it as a backup.

That said, the steps I would take are:

1. Get a heat gun. On the low setting, warm up the certification stickers and remove them. Don't get too close and don't get them too hot, or else you'll stretch and/or burn them.

2. Take some 300-grit wet/dry sandpaper and wet-sand the surface of the helmet.

3. Spray the helmet with a few light coats of adhesion promoter (basically, primer for plastic). Let it dry about 15 minutes between coats, or whatever the spray can says.

4. Spray the helmet with several light coats of auto spray paint. Again, light coats, 15 minutes drying time between coats.

5. Spray the helmet with a couple light coats of auto clearcoat. Light coats, 15 minutes drying time, etc.

6. After everything has cured (at least a day, recommend a week), warm up the certification stickers with the heat gun, then re-apply them.

In the end you'll probably end up spending so much on supplies to do the job that it's not even worth it. Especially since spraybomb paint jobs aren't that durable and the solvents in the paint may weaken the plastics. Unless you want to do a custom paint job, but that's more suited to fiberglass goalie masks than player helmets.

Kunitziwa 09-18-2009 12:48 PM

I agree with buying a new one. its a lot of time and effort to paint. Plus there's the possibility of ruining a nice new helmet.I had an old helmet I tried spray painting, and most of the paint just chipped off and it looks like **** now.

NYRSinceBirth 09-18-2009 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by densetsu (Post 21149160)
Personally, I would get a new helmet. They're not that expensive, especially considering the body part they're protecting. You could always try selling your black one on craigslist, or just keeping it as a backup.

That said, the steps I would take are:

1. Get a heat gun. On the low setting, warm up the certification stickers and remove them. Don't get too close and don't get them too hot, or else you'll stretch and/or burn them.

2. Take some 300-grit wet/dry sandpaper and wet-sand the surface of the helmet.

3. Spray the helmet with a few light coats of adhesion promoter (basically, primer for plastic). Let it dry about 15 minutes between coats, or whatever the spray can says.

4. Spray the helmet with several light coats of auto spray paint. Again, light coats, 15 minutes drying time between coats.

5. Spray the helmet with a couple light coats of auto clearcoat. Light coats, 15 minutes drying time, etc.

6. After everything has cured (at least a day, recommend a week), warm up the certification stickers with the heat gun, then re-apply them.

In the end you'll probably end up spending so much on supplies to do the job that it's not even worth it. Especially since spraybomb paint jobs aren't that durable and the solvents in the paint may weaken the plastics. Unless you want to do a custom paint job, but that's more suited to fiberglass goalie masks than player helmets.

HECC sticker (I believe) is made of paper, not a plastic (Like the other 2). It's extremely difficult to take off cleanly, you'll most likely destroy the sticker.

AIREAYE 09-18-2009 03:42 PM

maybe you should try returning the helmet...

Lario Melieux* 09-18-2009 05:28 PM

Well I can't return the helmet since I've worn it, I've already removed the hecc sticker bc I thought it looked gay, and today I tried spray painting it with blue glossy paint and it looked like crap. I really couldn't do anything else with it so whatever.

Our team is acha div 3 which is considered a club team I guess. Its only the teams 2nd year and the yearly dues for the team are like $850. Dunno if this is on par for team dues but it definitely has put a dent in the wallet.

cptjeff 09-19-2009 01:33 PM

That's ridiculously high, especially if they don't supply any equipment.

Harv 09-19-2009 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lario Melieux (Post 21155535)

Our team is acha div 3 which is considered a club team I guess. Its only the teams 2nd year and the yearly dues for the team are like $850. Dunno if this is on par for team dues but it definitely has put a dent in the wallet.

$850, ouch.

I pay $200 a year (acha d3 club) and they give use jerseys, practice jerseys, helmets, pant shells, pay for all food and lodging, charter buses to away games, vans to home games and practices, and bottled water for all practices/games.

Then again I pay $40,000 a year in tuition. So it all evens out. :(

Hockeyfan68 09-20-2009 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYRSinceBirth (Post 21147183)
It voids the certification, chips, and looks like ****. Buy a new helmet.

Agreed ... sometimes we play against a team that has a guy with a painted helmet and they always look awful.:laugh:

AIREAYE 09-20-2009 08:07 PM

Sorry to go off topic guys, but this has to do with helmets/modifications and I dont want to start a new thread.

I know the RBK 6K's and 8k's have the option of color inserts. I have a 4K and I know you cant with that, but has anyone tried cutting colored tape/paint and putting that on the helmet?

Superstar Treatment 09-20-2009 08:09 PM

I've seen people use electrical tape to black out the gray on 8ks so I'm sure it'd work the other way around.

Kunitziwa 09-20-2009 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SuperstarTreatment (Post 21192447)
I've seen people use electrical tape to black out the gray on 8ks so I'm sure it'd work the other way around.

ive seen them painted more often then not. I bought a helmet from the Americans equipment sale, and I was actually pretty surprised at how poorly the inserts were painted.

Crosbyfan 09-21-2009 06:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by densetsu (Post 21149160)
Personally, I would get a new helmet. They're not that expensive, especially considering the body part they're protecting. You could always try selling your black one on craigslist, or just keeping it as a backup.

That said, the steps I would take are:

1. Get a heat gun. On the low setting, warm up the certification stickers and remove them. Don't get too close and don't get them too hot, or else you'll stretch and/or burn them.

2. Take some 300-grit wet/dry sandpaper and wet-sand the surface of the helmet.

3. Spray the helmet with a few light coats of adhesion promoter (basically, primer for plastic). Let it dry about 15 minutes between coats, or whatever the spray can says.

4. Spray the helmet with several light coats of auto spray paint. Again, light coats, 15 minutes drying time between coats.

5. Spray the helmet with a couple light coats of auto clearcoat. Light coats, 15 minutes drying time, etc.

6. After everything has cured (at least a day, recommend a week), warm up the certification stickers with the heat gun, then re-apply them.

In the end you'll probably end up spending so much on supplies to do the job that it's not even worth it. Especially since spraybomb paint jobs aren't that durable and the solvents in the paint may weaken the plastics. Unless you want to do a custom paint job, but that's more suited to fiberglass goalie masks than player helmets.

7. Throw the helmet away, since it will no longer be a certified helmet.

Superstar Treatment 09-21-2009 08:36 AM

Seriously, your best bet is to buy a new one then ebay the original to try and recoup your losses.


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