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Old 09-07-2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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I'm doing fancy dress and might buy a used motorbike crash helmet to spray up.

Has anybody got any advice on how to remove decals - and also what kind of paint to use to spray it up..?

I presume Plastikote enamel spray will stick to most surfaces ie vinyl/metal etc...?

cheers in advance
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:36 PM   #2
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I'd rather use car paint and clear lacquer than plastikote. Never had a good result with that stuff...
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Old 13-07-2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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thanks mate - any advice on how to get decals etc off a crash helmet..?

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You do realise that applying any paint or other substance could seriously compromise the integrity of the helmet?

If you do not intend to ever use the helmet as a safety device, that's not an issue
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Old 13-07-2010, 10:58 AM   #5
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hi - its for fancy dress only, thanks for the heads-up though

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You do realise that applying any paint or other substance could seriously compromise the integrity of the helmet?

If you do not intend to ever use the helmet as a safety device, that's not an issue
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Old 13-07-2010, 11:08 AM   #6
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If the decals were applied to the helmet before the laquering stage, say as parts of its original design then only way your gonna get them off is by sanding. If they are stickers then hot water fairy liquid and elbow grease, same with decals. You could try using a fine grade of wet & dry paper used wet. This will certainly do the trick. I would give the entire helmet a going over with fine wet & dry as a "key" for any new paint anyway. What are you thinking of going as ? I was always planning on making a Judge Dredd helmet from an old crash helmet but could never find a suitable donor item.
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Old 13-07-2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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hi - okay thats handy info, cheers

hard to tell looking on ebay exactly how the decals are fixed so its going to be a bit of a gamble - I could ask the sellers I guess

the helmet is for a destiny angel outfit - not for me I hasten to add, its for a friend of mine - I am doing a captain scarlet suit for me



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If the decals were applied to the helmet before the laquering stage, say as parts of its original design then only way your gonna get them off is by sanding. If they are stickers then hot water fairy liquid and elbow grease, same with decals. You could try using a fine grade of wet & dry paper used wet. This will certainly do the trick. I would give the entire helmet a going over with fine wet & dry as a "key" for any new paint anyway. What are you thinking of going as ? I was always planning on making a Judge Dredd helmet from an old crash helmet but could never find a suitable donor item.
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Old 13-07-2010, 11:34 AM   #8
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the helmet is for a destiny angel outfit - not for me I hasten to add...
Phew ! Although I can just picture you in a blonde wig Mike
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picture me.?? do I know you Slate..? or are you speaking figuratively..?


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picture me.?? do I know you Slate..? or are you speaking figuratively..?
Yes just speaking figuratively mate sorry !
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