Painting Giro Pneumo Helmet



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Ian.D

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I was wondering if anyone has tried to paint their helmet ? I've got a
giro pneumo and would like to paint it (it's the carbon color model). I
just want to add some more color too. Any ideas what type of paint will
work that won't destroy the integrity of the helmet ?
Thanks,

Ian in SD
 
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Scott Ehardt

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"Ian.D" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>I was wondering if anyone has tried to paint their helmet ? I've got a
> giro pneumo and would like to paint it (it's the carbon color model). I
> just want to add some more color too. Any ideas what type of paint will
> work that won't destroy the integrity of the helmet ?



Spray Paint + Styrofoam (helmet) = colorful goo

I think latex paint is safe but I'm not sure...

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Ian.D wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone has tried to paint their helmet ? I've got

a
> giro pneumo and would like to paint it (it's the carbon color model).

I
> just want to add some more color too. Any ideas what type of paint

will
> work that won't destroy the integrity of the helmet ?
> Thanks,
>
> Ian in SD


I expect when they paint them at the factory, or turn them over to Troy
Lee, they're just painting the carbon shell bits, before afixing them
to the foam. I'd steer clear of anything with a hydrocarbon
solvent/propelant. Some airbrush paints may work, but I'd experiment
on an old helmet FIRST.
 
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Callistus Valerius

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The opening argument by the defense attorney would be, "did you know he
painted the helmet he wore the day of the crash." And you'll be sitting
there, all retarded and all, knodding up and down.
 
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Werehatrack

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On 6 Dec 2004 23:01:25 -0800, "Ian.D" <[email protected]> wrote:

>I was wondering if anyone has tried to paint their helmet ? I've got a
>giro pneumo and would like to paint it (it's the carbon color model). I
>just want to add some more color too. Any ideas what type of paint will
>work that won't destroy the integrity of the helmet ?


Water-based paints won't stick. Most solvent-based paints will eat
the styrofoam. Many solvent-based paints will distort the shiny
shell, so trying to peel that off and paint it separately will most
likely be a bad move.

Short form answer: No.

Long form answer: The most likely result of any attempt to paint the
helmet will be the need to purchase a replacement or the need to
remove the ugly remnants of the failed paint job.

Of course, you could always trim peel-and-stick shelf liner to fit the
various sections and cover the surface with that; there's a
particularly tasteful pattern here...


http://www.contactbrand.com//productDetail.asp?sku=6B6200&bb=color&id=13

or

http://tinyurl.com/6bhsg





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Zog The Undeniable

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Ian.D wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone has tried to paint their helmet ? I've got a
> giro pneumo and would like to paint it (it's the carbon color model). I
> just want to add some more color too. Any ideas what type of paint will
> work that won't destroy the integrity of the helmet ?


I once sprayed a Giro helmet with no hardshell left (it had melted in
the car) using Humbrol enamel and thinners. It had no visible effect on
the polystyrene (think about it: model aircraft kits are polystyrene and
this is the paint recommended for them).

Then again, I never actually wore the helmet so I didn't care what it
was doing to the structure. It was just an intellectual exercise.
 
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BobI

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Ian,
I've thought about doing this also. Like most I don't want to destroy my
helmet either.
I fly RC airplanes too and have tried to add some flair to my lid with
"monokote". Monokote is a thin polyester film for covering the wood
structure of the model aircraft. It's attached by heating the film with a
small iron, which activates the glue, and pressing the film to whatever you
want to attach it to. I've built foam airplanes also, the stuff will stick
to many different materials. You just have to clean the surface of any oil
and dirt etc. The trick is to use the lowest temperature to get the job
done. You can also us a solvent to "set" the glue and apply the film that
way. The film also shrinks as it's heated, so you could cover your whole
helmet to make it water proof. I haven't tried this yet though. Monokote is
a brand name that's made by the TopFlite company. Other companies make the
stuff also with slightly different properties. You can cut the stuff with a
razor blade, knife or scissors. It comes in all sorts of colors too.
Check it out:
http://www.monokote.com/index.html


"Ian.D" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> I was wondering if anyone has tried to paint their helmet ? I've got a
> giro pneumo and would like to paint it (it's the carbon color model). I
> just want to add some more color too. Any ideas what type of paint will
> work that won't destroy the integrity of the helmet ?
> Thanks,
>
> Ian in SD
>