The fireman's helmet, first created in 1836 by Cairns, is one of the firefighter's most important pieces of safety gear. The helmet is vital to a fireman's overall safety for several reasons, with its main purpose being to protect his head from heat and from any falling debris while he is inside of an inflamed building. A traditional fire helmet can be repainted, but you must use the proper supplies and techniques.
Things You'll Need
Flame resistant paint
Remove the ear/neck protector, headband and crown straps by removing the fastenings with a wrench and releasing the tension knobs found on both sides of the helmet to lower the face shield. This applies to the most common fire helmets, including the Bullard Firedome FX and PX series helmets and the Jaeco Morning Pride series helmets; refer to the instruction manual for your fire helmet to be sure of the specific instructions.
Clean the surface of the helmet with a rag and a mixture of mild soap and lukewarm water. This helps remove any smoke residue and debris and prepares the helmet for painting.
Pour some of the desired color of flame resistant paint into a disposable container.
Dip a paintbrush into the paint and paint the helmet, starting at the edge of one side and working your way around to the opposite side.
Wait for the paint to dry completely. This should take about four to five hours; refer to the instructions on the paint to be sure.
Repeat with a second coat to ensure a solid, even finish.
For safety purposes, you should have the paint approved by the original manufacturer of the fire helmet.
The paint must be completely flame resistant and non-conductive.
Thermoplastic fire helmets should not be painted, as the solvents found in paint could potentially cause premature aging and cracking of the helmet.