If you just bought a new helmet for your motorcycle and think it is not that good looking, you are not alone. Most of these helmets come in plain and boring colors that you can’t wait to improve. Since every creative and fun loving rider is looking for more ways to be the best, we have something for you. Here are the two best methods of how to customize your own motorcycle helmet.
Method One: For Beginners and Intermediate Level Painters
There are people who actually customize motorcycle helmets for other riders at a fee. If you master this art, it is very possible to make a meaningful business out of it. So, read on carefully and learn one more skill to set you apart from your friends.
How to Prepare
Get ready now because you are just about to turn into a real artist. Here is what you will need for the task. Most of these items can easily be purchased from your local store.
1. Fine sandpaper
2. Paint spray or airbrush gun
3. Markers and Paintbrushes
4. Your preferred paint (water paint is recommended)
5. A few flexible stencils
6. An old newspaper
7. A sticking plaster
8. A good raincoat
Step by Step Process of How To Customize Your Own Motorcycle Helmet
Step # 1: The first step is to put on the raincoat. This will prevent the paint from splashing on your clothes. If it does, you might as well discard the clothes because paint doesn’t wash off quickly. Get the old newspaper and spread it down on the ground. Place the helmet on the newspaper and make sure it is well seated on the ground or surface on which you’ll work on. Gently sand the shell of the motorcycle helmet so that the paint job can adhere to the surface properly. Now use the sticking plaster to cover the areas on the helmet that you don’t want to come into contact with the paint. Do this a well-ventilated room or out in the open, but make sure you choose a place where dust won’t easily get to your helmet.
Step # 2: The second step involves using the paint spray or painter’s tape airbrush. Work on the motorcycle helmet according to the preferred art. Let the paint rest and leave for at least 20 minutes for it to dry up.
Step # 3: After the paint dries properly, use the markers to sketch the skeleton of your desired picture. You can trace it from a printed design onto the motorcycle helmet if you are not that good in drawing.
Step # 4: Make sure the skeleton is legible enough for you to retrace back the lines without straining. Once the skeleton is done, use the paintbrushes and selected paint to work around the skeleton that you have drawn. Take your time to have a good job done. After you are satisfied that you have done your best, allow the paint to dry. Leave it for 2 to 3 hours in a dust free place.
Step # 5: To finish up the artwork, spray the helmet with transparent/colorless paint. This will give the motorcycle helmet a smooth sheen for a finishing. A well-executed customization will often come out as if the helmet was brand new.
Step # 6 (Final Step): Now remove the sticking plaster and take the helmet for a test drive. Remember to take a picture or two because you are going to need them to convince your friend that it was really your work. Having gone through these 5 steps, you should have your first ever DIY customized motorcycle helmet.
Method Two: For Expert Painters or Aspiring Darers
This method is for those who really trust their hand in some serious artwork. On the other hand, if you are the daring type and aren’t afraid to try something new, you can still adopt this method.
How to Prepare
Here’s what you’ll need.
1. Fine sandpaper
2. A paintbrush
3. A marker or pencil
4. Acrylic paint
Easy to Follow Process of How To Customize Your Own Motorcycle Helmet
Step # 1: Just like in the first method, the number one step is to sand the motorcycle helmet to make it easy for the paint to adhere on the surface.
Step # 2: begin by creating a color foundation. You don’t have to actually paint the whole of the helmet. The freedom is yours for the taking and you can use the paintbrush to work through the areas that you need drawn.
Step # 3: Use the pencil to sketch a skeleton of the artwork you need on the helmet. Since you will be drawing on the already set paint cover, make sure that the sketch is legible.
Step # 4: Now color the skeleton with the desired number of coats or layers of paint. If you will use more than one layer, make sure that the previous one is dry before applying a new one.
Step # 5: Now use the marker to retrace the skeleton of your artwork. This will give the end product more clarity and even enhance the look. You can choose to spray with a colorless paint for extra sheen or just leave it as it is.
So, there you have it. If you want to get really good results when you want to customize your own motorcycle helmet, take it as artwork. Dedicate all your senses to it and take your time. Because this might be your first time, consider doing it again and again to perfect the skill. Soon, you will be the envy among friends.
Before you go, take a minute to read these safety tips so that it may go well with you on this new found venture.
When considering customizing your own motorcycle helmet, make sure that you stay focused on maintaining its market quality. The reason why manufacturers insist that you just leave your helmet as it was when you bought it is because they want you to stay safe. Some of the paints and thinners used in repainting helmets are thought to compromise on the quality of the helmet, thereby exposing you to injury during a crash. However, the good news is that there are paints and primers that are friendly to your helmet’s shell and pose no real threat. If you are not sure whether you have the right primer and paint, consult a professional first. Also ensure that the sandpaper you use to sand off the shell is very fine. Otherwise, you will scratch the helmet and the results will not be as good as you thought they would be.