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Glossy finish on Matte - June 12, 2011, 01:40 PM

Can a matte helmet with graphics be coated with a shiny gloss finish? Found a helmet I like that only comes in matte.
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Can a matte helmet with graphics be coated with a shiny gloss finish? Found a helmet I like that only comes in matte.
We use to spray alot of stuff matte colors but I never tried throwing a clear coat over it. I'm not really sure how that would affect the look but I can't see any reason why it wouldnt turn out ok. I think if you do a search you find threads about people and links to people who do custom helmets. I would say shoot one of them the question.

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June 20, 2011, 11:39 PM

To answer your question OP, yes you can paint the helmet, all you need to do is prep it before paint. Wet sand the entire helmet with probably 600 grit, clean it thoroughly, then paint and clearcoat.


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pDubs nailed it. if you do it yourself, use some wax & grease remover before you sand, and again after you sand, and then give it a quick wipe with a tack rag. also, you might want to get some fine line tape from an autobody supply store if you want the cleanest lines, and whatever you use, pull the masking while the paint is still tacky. ...probably 20min after your last coat.


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June 21, 2011, 08:42 AM

I think what the OP want to do is take a Matt helmet with graphics already on it and spray it with clear coat to make the whole helmet look glossy.

Not giving advice, but If thats what I wanted to do I would simply etch it and spray it with clear.



It sounds like you are trying to go from this flat to just gloss...



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June 21, 2011, 08:44 AM

^^^ I agree that's what the OP is probably asking for. I know my Icon helmet is matte finish, I got it cause I loved the graphics, but I would much rather have had it in gloss instead of matte.
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Oh gotcha. Ok well then wet sand with 1000 grit, clean thorougly with wax and grease then clearcoat it. Maybe have a shop clear coat it for you because a lot of the cheap clear coat that comes in spray cans is hard to lay down a nice glossy shine and it also doesn't hold up too well.


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and when you're wet sanding with the 1000 just make it so it looks a little more "matt" You don't want to strip anything off, just give something for the clearcoat to stick good to.


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Ah ok...so the 1000 grit wouldn't strip or scratch the designs/logos/decals?
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Ah ok...so the 1000 grit wouldn't strip or scratch the designs/logos/decals?
if they're cleared, no, you shouldn't make it through. a safer way is with some grey scotchbrite. not sure how easy it is to find. if you're in the manassas area i can give you some.


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Thanks. That's exactly what I am curious about. I also contacted a couple of custom helmet guys and they are looking at 100 to 150 depending on the artist to clear coat it.

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I think what the OP want to do is take a Matt helmet with graphics already on it and spray it with clear coat to make the whole helmet look glossy.

Not giving advice, but If thats what I wanted to do I would simply etch it and spray it with clear.



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Sell the helmet and buy a shiny one?





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June 21, 2011, 03:27 PM

^ I think he was saying he found the helmet he like only available in Matte....


Honestly that's a lot of work to get the helment just right the way you want it...IMO...but you have the right to do as you please.

I'm reading and I keep thinking if you sand a matte helmet wouldn't it remove the graphics that are on it?????


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