Last year, I spray painted Vance's old batting helmet for Vaughn to use and was extremely happy with how it turned out. Here's a picture of how it turned out:
Vaughn's team changed names and colors this year, so the purple glitter needs to go. The helmet is still in good condition, it fits her, and I was so happy with how well the paint held up, I figured I had nothing to lose with repainting it again. Here's a close-up of the helmet right before I painted it this year. There were only a couple of visible dings.
I get a lot of emails about the steps I took to paint last year's helmet, so I'll give another quick tutorial here.
First, wipe off any dust or dirt. Then tape off whatever you don't want painted. I stick a plastic shopping bag inside and tape the edges, so the paint doesn't go through the vents of the helmet. I forgot to take before pictures, but you can see the bag inside the helmet and the tape around the edges.
Here's my make-shift spray booth in the garage. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover for the black paint and used many thin coats. When the final coat was dry, I used a black-glitter spray paint that I bought at the craft store. Again, I did several thin layers. When the last glitter coat was dry, I sprayed three coats of a poly clear coat to protect everything.
I would have liked it to look more like a true black glitter and not like silver glitter on a black helmet, but I couldn't find the right kind of black glitter paint. All that aside, it's still fun, Vaughn loves it, and I saved money not having to buy a new helmet! Here's to another great softball season!
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