Golden rules for helmet painting

Published: 02 March 2010

Q. I want to get my fiberglass crash helmet painted to match my bike.

What do I have to look out for to make sure it will still keep my bonce intact if I do take a tumble?
Michael Acton, Plymouth
 
A. If you want to get your lid sprayed you must make sure the helmet's construction is disturbed as little as possible.

When you smack your head on the ground it isn't the crash helmet¹s hard outer shell that does most of the impact absorption.

That's the job of the polystyrene inner shell which the fiberglass outer shell protects from everyday knocks and scrapes.

If that inner shell is removed during painting it can break or be glued back in using adhesives that damage it.

The rubber trim around the base of the lid and the visor aperture, as well as any vents, should also be left in place.

Any area that isn't going to be painted should be masked off and the inner shell needs to be completely covered, as the paint or fumes used during spraying could get into contact with the inner shell and in extreme cases, melt it.

Once you¹ve got it resprayed, you'll need to get another ACU sticker or you could be turned away from a track day.

The ACU has a network of helmet inspectors who will check it's still up to standard.

Phone the ACU on: 01788 540519.

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