Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spray Paint That Old Helmet...Again!

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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5 Responses to “Spray Paint That Old Helmet...Again!”

  1. Looks like new! Can't wait to see how she does this year ;)

  2. That is a great helmet make-over, so shiny!

    Thanks for sharing to #EverythingKids.

  3. What spray paint did you use?

    1. Hi Norma, I believe I used Rustoleum.

  4. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Did u sand the helmet in your steps of preparation?



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