I was getting pretty sick of my “crackhead” Scorpion helmet. I LOVE scorpions, but I hated mine cause of the graphics… so…after seeing Inky’s work on Brian Parriott’s helmet, I decided that if she could do it, I can freggin do it!
I started by busting out photoshop and making a mockup of how I wanted my helmet to look. I came up with this; simple yet stylish:
So I set to work yesterday afternoon prepping it.
I sanded and sanded till my hands were numb, then I primered it in Cherry Red, then sprayed it with Satin Black. It didn’t look very black. In fact, it kinda looked more like silver. I’d wondered if the can of Krylon was mislabeled…
I printed out a template of my “4” logo in the exact size I wanted it. I meticulously laid out all painters tape and templates and masked over all the vents and plastic bits that I didn’t want to be painted. I spent at LEAST an hour doing so keeping my mockup photoshop drawing in mind…
I was getting a little worried, as my painjob wasn’t coming out as smoothly as I’d hoped for… I’ve painted a fair bit of plastics and the likes in the past, but never a helmet.
I threw a couple more coats of paint on it, let it dry, then hit it with clearcoat. INSTANTLY the paint started reacting in the oddest of ways. Nearly bubbling. So I hit it with even more clear. Round and round I went, blasting the hell out of it with clearcoat, hoping to clear it into submission.
What. The. Hell.
It didn’t look ANYTHING like I’d mocked up. It was starting to look more like it was painted BY a crackhead. Bah!
I put the helmet back together to get an idea of how it looked completed and to figure outhow I can make it all better again….
So I spent a couple more hours sanding, buffing, rubbing, tugging, pulling, pushing, and polishing…and made a quick run to Cycle Gear, and VIOLA! My helmet is done! All in all, it took me a total of about 5 and a half hours to do.
If you’re looking to have your helmet custom painted by me, just lemme know! I’ll do em for $1500 each. *giggle*