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Old 15-08-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Advice on Painting Crash Helmet

I have a motor cycle crach helmet which is stamped with the BSI 6658 type A, but it is white. Therefore I need to paint it orange. I understand that certain paints will have a detrimental effect on the outer shell.

Can anyone confirm which type of paint to use - preferably one that I can use easily at home eg in a spray can.
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Old 15-08-2006, 04:07 PM   #2
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I used the fluorescent orange enamel available from B&Q.

Avoid cellulose paints since the thinners can dissolve the polystyrene foam that protects your head. I also "think" it can damage the shell material on ABS lids - but since yours is an "A" mark, I assume it's a GRP shell.
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Old 15-08-2006, 04:09 PM   #3
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P.S. Lots of thin coats. The paint shrinks a lot as it dries otherwise.
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Old 15-08-2006, 04:13 PM   #4
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Quick call or e mail to mcfr / distrib will tell all, they deal with these questions all the time. More than likley give you a list of brand names to use
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Best to check with the manufactures first.
I found that my helmet (HJC Sy-Max) could be painted but the "pop-up" visor could not.
Done mine with the 2-pack stuff as I could add a ingredient that alows it to flex without cracking.
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Old 15-08-2006, 07:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the helpful replies. The helmet is made by YES, purchased in UK, manufactured in Italy. Sent them an e-mail yesterday, no reply received yet !!
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Thread in progress : http://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=89676

And, apparently, the "right" water based paints:
http://www.custompaintshop.co.uk/shop/home.php?cat=253
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Take it to the spray shop they will sort it, Thats what I did and paid £25
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Made in Italy, of course its white, must have 5 reverse gears.!!
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