by Ron Fleenor
A helmet is a great “canvas” for laying down some really cool graphics. However, the original design that was sent to me just wasn’t going to cut it. I really wanted to put my own spin on it, and after reviewing my website, the client decided to let me do it my way. I used some basic designs—which they wanted for the logo—but changed up the overall design. Note: We did not take off any rubber moldings for this project.
Step 1. Carefully remove the visor.
Step 2. Carefully remove the fresh-air duct.
Step 3. Make sure you keep all the parts together in a bag.
Step 4. Wipe the helmet down with a prep solvent.
Step 5. Remove all of the decals.
Step 6. I use an empty gallon can to help keep the helmet off the workspace and for easy taping.
Step 7. Tape all the openings.
Step 8. Tape the helmet to the can through the openings to seal off the interior.
Step 9. Make sure you tape the bottom opening to the can as well.
Step 10. Sand the helmet using 400-grit sandpaper.
Step 11. Blow off any residue from the helmet.
Step 12. Wipe down the helmet with a prep solvent.
Step 13. Here’s the original design given to me from the race team.
Step 14. Products I used for the job.
Step 15. I mixed four parts MIX CLEAR with one part COLOR HORIZONS white base.
Step 16. Then, I reduced with FAST REDUCER in a 1:1 ratio.
Step 17. I sprayed three coats of the white base with a Devlibliss SRI gun.
Step 18. After allowing time to flash, I marked the center of the visor opening for masking decals.
Step 19. I used the logo decals for masking.
Step 20. I sprayed three coats of Mean Green Fluorescent.
Step 21. I added more decals for masking.
Step 22. Decal placement.
Step 23. I taped out the graphics that will remain Mean Green.
Step 24. I then sprayed Maui Fluorescent.
Step 25. I followed with two coats of Silver Base.
Step 26. I taped off some checkerboard designs over the silver/titanium base before applying three coats of Mint Green Candy.
Step 27. I airbrushed drop shadows with Black Base before un-taping the graphics.
Step 28. Remove all the tape and clear-coat the helmet.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Reprinted with permission of www.airbrushaction.com