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Old 01-02-2003, 10:54 PM   #1
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Cool Helmet painting?

Anyone have their helmets professionally designed/painted?

I see a few places online that charge 500USD+ but want to get some feedback or any recommendations. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2003, 11:19 PM   #2
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I would advise against it, since some paints can weaken the shell which would limit your protection in a crash.
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Old 01-02-2003, 11:38 PM   #3
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But if he got it professionaly painted, this probably wouldn't be a problem. I'm looking at getting my autocross helmet painted, but need a good service (willing to mail it to someone) so if anyone has a professional place, I'd be interested in it as well.
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Old 01-03-2003, 02:54 PM   #4
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This is very popular in the motorcycle racing world, for obvious reasons. In order to get the helmet painted and not ruin the protection of the helmet, you need to start with an unglazed helmet. You can special order these from most helmet companies, The artist needs to use a paint that does not contain certain chemicals that can weaking the fiberglass or plastic shell of the helmet. Each helmet manufacturer has a different set of rules. The painted helmet then needs to glazed and hardened. You can either return it to the manufacturer for this, or I think some custom helmet places include this in their fee.

So in short, you cannot get a helmet you already own painted. You will need to start with a new one.

The total cost of a custom helmet is about $600

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Old 01-03-2003, 03:00 PM   #5
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why not email an expert and ask him?

http://www.troyleedesigns.com/

I ran with Troy both days at LSPR as he was guest driving for Hyundai... he's super super knowledgable.. and very nice...

i'm sure he'd be happy to answer some questions?

altho... he is the best in the bizz

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Old 01-03-2003, 04:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the helpful info =)
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