DIY: Paint Your Own Helmet


If you follow me on Twitter, you know that this past weekend was an active one for me gear-wise.

My Ke$ha-inspired Glitter-Explosion arrived upon my doorstep on Tuesday. For your optical pleasure, I give you easily the most obnoxious looking head you will ever see…

To counteract the shininess of the head, I decided to paint my helmet. I got the idea after reading Mr. Wilson’s post last week.

Here are my step by step instructions:

1) Start by removing all of the stickers. I had done this a few months earlier. (This used to be my helmet from Charlotte. As you can see, it’s a bit worn.)

2) Go get yourself some sandpaper. The higher the grit, the better. I work with a guy who works in a body shop, and his recommendation was to use at least 220 grit.

3) Sand it all until the helmet is fairly dull. Try as best as you can to get it sanded down as even as possible. Some spots are going to be more difficult than others – especially around the snaps for the chin strap and the screws/bolts for the facemask.

As you can see, you want it to be pretty dulled out.

Optional: I also tried to sand down my facemask where there was a considerable amount of rust.

4) Go out and buy yourself some spray paint. Doesn’t have to be anything super fancy.

I went after a certain look…

5) Try to be as even as possible when you apply the paint. Use common sense, and you should be good. Make sure you have everything covered.

As you can see, I used an ultra-flat black paint for both the shell and the facemask. It turned out pretty good, and I’m very happy with the result. The paint, however, tends to chip off on contact, so I may go over it with a clear coat or something. Maybe hairspray! I don’t know. The only thing I need for it now are some stickers!

All in all, the helmet project took me about 3 hours total and maybe $5. Not bad for a completely different look. I can also change the look whenever I want. I’ve even thought about trying to match it with the head!

Oh, and before I forget, I’m making the jump from player to coach this fall. I’m on staff at UNCG as an Assistant Coach. Expect a better behind the scenes look at a program on the rise than my pathetic attempt last season.

About the Author: The Lax picked up his first stick when he stepped on campus at MCLA D2 school UNC Charlotte. After taking a short break, he returned to the field for independent UNCG. The Lax enjoys flowers, pictures of unicorns, long walks on the beach, and above all else, beating people with his D-Pole.

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  1. it does chip, right? bummer.
    makes sense that you could coat it with the same thing used on the truck and that should work… don't you think? keep us posted and the helmet LOOKS unreal. well done!!

  2. 1) it smells very strongly of spray paint at first. Ive left it baking in my van, so now my van smells of paint, but its been going away each day. I also forgot to tape/cover the inside of the helmet, so all the padding has spraypaint on it too.

    2) i wouldnt call it chipping, but the paint is definitely coming off. after a while, with battle wounds, i think the helmet will look even more legit. I'm gonna ask the body shop guy what he thinks i should do, though.