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How to paint your motorcycle helmet correctly

Have you ever seen those beautifully painted motorcycle helmets and wondered how someone could paint their helmet like that? Well, if you have, then it’s time for you to learn how to paint your motorcycle helmet correctly. You can choose from any of the numerous colors available on the market and paint your helmet depending on your personal preferences.

Indeed, A motorcycle helmet is one of the essential accessories you can buy for your bike. You need it to protect your head in case of an accident. But what about the aesthetics? A custom paint job will get you noticed on the road and can be a perfect conversation starter. However, making sure everything is done right is not as simple as it sounds.

Therefore, before you buy the equipment, you need to be sure about the painting process and protect it from damaging factors that could ruin the helmet. Let us get started with the process of painting motorcycle helmets.

Select the helmet of your choice

It is crucial to select the helmet which you like and is also of the correct type. Choosing the right paint job for your helmet can be a tricky business. There are thousands of helmet manufacturers out there, each with its own set of standards for painting helmets. With so many different brands offering their services, it can sometimes be a burden to figure out which paint job will be best for you.

Here’s a simple trick: You should opt-out for the helmet certified by Snell, DOT, or ECE standards. The helmets certified by these three companies ensure maximum safety. Also, make sure you choose the helmet that fits your head correctly. You don’t want to have a helmet that is too tight or too loose.

Choose the design

Once you figure out the helmet, it’s time for the design. Before you start the painting, have some idea in your head about the procedure of the helmet. Do you want to paint with the quote or some image of your favorite car? It is essential to know the theme of the helmet to paint so that you know what you are doing when painting the helmet.

Remove the things from the helmet that you can’t paint.

When I’m painting helmets, I remove all the parts that I know I’m not going to be able to paint. You don’t want to waste your time, and you don’t want to get paint on the parts you can’t paint. For example, You need to remove screws, padding, and other accessories that you can’t paint.

Now let’s move to the method; there are two methods you can use for painting the helmet.

1) Airbrush painting

To do the airbrush painting, you need to have either paint spray or a paint gun. Any one of those is fine. As optional, you can have the raincoat or anything you can wear while spraying the paint as the splash may damage your clothes.


  • Figure out the part of the helmet that you want to paint. Some people like to paint every part of the helmet, while some just a little. So it is necessary to figure this out.
  • The next step is to polish the surface. Polishing is a great way to get a smooth surface to paint on. You can use sandpaper. It is simple to use and has many benefits over compressed air or waxing. When polishing, you will need only a few light strokes to remove any scratches or imperfections from the surface.
  • Cover the area where you do not want to paint. You can use a sticker-plaster for this. Sticking plaster is an easy and versatile way to cover the surface in a single application. It attaches to most surfaces.
  • Now it’s time to paint using spray paint or an airbrush gun. Once you paint the surface, let it dry for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • After it dries, you can use the marker and draw or write anything you want on a surface. Make sure you do this properly and not make mistakes. Now, wait another 2-3 hours to let it completely dry.
  • Once you are done with the above steps, spray transparent paint to make the helmet look shiny.

2) Paintbrush painting

Painting your helmet using a paintbrush is simple and does not require professional skills. It only takes a short time and patience. However, it is a little more challenging than the first step. Here are a few steps to paint the motorcycle helmet using Paintbrush.

  • First, you need to clean the helmet and paint the surface using a paintbrush. Following the previous methods, paint only the area you want to draw.
  • Draw or write of your choice on the painted surface using a marker of your favorite color. After doing so, make sure to let it dry.
  • Color the surface with many layers(3-4), so it doesn’t peel off easily.
  • You can redraw the outline after you repaint the helmet.

Few things to remember:

  • Patience is the key when painting the motorcycle helmet. Please do not do the paint when you are in a hurry as everything can go in vain.
  • Use the proper color that sticks to the helmet properly.
  • Only get the helmet which is best certified for safety.
  • Make sure you have the design in your head before you start the paintwork. Or you can draw the plan on paper and copy it.
  • Let the paint dry overnight before you use the helmet.


It is a common misconception that painting a motorcycle helmet is extremely hard. The truth is that it might be challenging but still achievable with the correct information and guidance. If you follow the above-given information correctly, you can in no time have your custom helmet that everyone would love to own.

About Roy Ford

Roy Ford is a biker and is part of a group of riders who own similar motorcycle models, while there is so much fun and thrill that comes with cruising with your motorcycle, Roy’s concern is on the must-have motorcycle accessories. For the new motorcycle owners, it could not be obvious how much they need things like the motorcycle GPS, but for Roy, these are some of the critical accessories that should have been incorporated in the motorcycle. The above notwithstanding Roy has stood in the gap and shared knowledge on the relevant motorcycle accessories. Roy recently tied the knot with his old lady; loves to research and spends the weekends with his motorcycle boys club.

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