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    Can you paint you SA 2005 helmet or add graphics to it? What is the basic painting process, and are there any limits?

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    I have many friends who have painted their helmets, although I have not yet...

    Most people I talk to airbrush them with two stage paint.

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    I was thinking about painting a helmet a different color because sometimes you can get a good deal on one of a color you don't like. Maybe to match the color of the car.

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    Most helmets of that quality come with painting instructions (limitations) in the box. I know my Arai's always have, as did the Simpson.
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    As Arne mentioned, be careful as painting may void the warranty or the rating of the helmet. Most of the people I know that are doing that kind of thing are using autoair colors (waterbase) then clearing the helmet with regular clear coat. Main thing to remember is that what makes a helmet work is the case fractures when it does it's job to spred the impact (my understanding at least, also one of the reasons they say a helmet should be replaced or checked if dropped), anything that hinders that process reduces the helmets impact factor.
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    You are right, Lance.

    You wouldn't want to put chemicals or solvents on the helmet that might get into the resin it's made of, and weaken it.

    And like Arne said, a helmet should have painting info with it, so you know what you can use.

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