How to Paint a Ski Helmet

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Ski helmets are an important piece of protective gear for skiers of all ages, but that doesn't mean they have to have a dull design. If you have a ski helmet that looks too plain for your style, or have an old helmet that is scratched or faded, you can give the helmet a new design to fit your style. Your helmet can be painted one solid color or contain stripes or more elaborate designs, depending on your artistic touch.

Things You'll Need

  • Grease remover
  • Rag
  • Scouring pad
  • Masking tape
  • Primer
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear coat
  • Dab some grease remover on a rag and thoroughly wipe the helmet to remove any grease marks.

  • Rub the entire helmet using a light scouring pad to rough the existing paint enough for the primer to stick to it.

  • Tape any areas with masking tape that you do not wish to paint. These areas include the visor and any hardware on the helmet.

  • Prime the helmet with one coat of primer. It is best to use a spray primer to ensure an even coat. Apply a second coat of primer, if necessary.

  • Sand any drips of primer with fine-grit sandpaper once the primer has dried.

  • Paint the helmet with its base color of paint, using either spray paint or traditional paint with a brush. Let the coat of paint dry and add a second and third coat, if necessary.

  • Tape any areas of the helmet to create lines, if you wish to add a design to the helmet. Once the tape is firmly in place, paint between strips of tape in a different color to create a stripe. If you wish to draw any accents or designs on the helmet freehand, do it after the base coats of paint are dry.

  • Spray the helmet with a glossy clear coat to give it a shine once the paint is completely dry. When the clear coat dries, the helmet is finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint the helmet outdoors in a windless area and wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling paint fumes.

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References

  • Photo Credit married snowboarder wearing helmet and mask image by Daria Miroshnikova from Fotolia.com
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