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Old 04-18-2013, 10:42 PM   #16
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Is there any chance that the solvent/chemicals in paint or clear coating would deteriorate or harm the structural integrity of the helmet?
I'd be more worried about the chemicals/vapors eating/weakening the foam inside and not the shell itself. I'd cling wrap and tape the foam inside. Then likely stuff something in the cavity and tape around that.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #17
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After talking to the chemist at Sherwin Williams (aka my cousin) - without having started from a primer, the whole thing is basically going to be fragile. So, he thought the best place to start would be just to buy $3 can of aerosol - as glossy as possible = higher durability. Otherwise, just use paint marker to fix damage.

So, I bought a can of Krylon Crystal Clear - applied some paint marker to an old helmet, sprayed a few layers and now we waits.... and drinks a beer while were waiting.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:30 AM   #18
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After talking to the chemist at Sherwin Williams (aka my cousin) - without having started from a primer, the whole thing is basically going to be fragile. So, he thought the best place to start would be just to buy $3 can of aerosol - as glossy as possible = higher durability. Otherwise, just use paint marker to fix damage.

So, I bought a can of Krylon Crystal Clear - applied some paint marker to an old helmet, sprayed a few layers and now we waits.... and drinks a beer while were waiting.
Maybe you should be pouring some concrete while waiting
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:38 AM   #19
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Maybe you should be pouring some concrete while waiting
Shoot, I can't even lift a bag of portland without help!
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:36 PM   #20
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I hate finding a thread in a search but there's no resolution to it.

So, did the Krylon clear work?

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Old 09-07-2014, 08:21 PM   #21
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I ended up having the best success with Krylon Crystal Clear. It is labeled as a glossy coat for hobby applications (like baskets, models, etc...) but it really worked well, dried clear and hard. The other Krylon clear cot I tried was tacky and I was worried of it picking up lots of dust on the trail.

Update on the helmet itself - I packed the pads out on that thing in one season - el cheapo HJC. It is now a nice garage artwork piece.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:21 PM   #22
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Excellent!

Thanks so much for the update. Sincerely! I have a cheap Airoh I am going to experiment with and, while I have sprayed real auto body clears, the amount of solids in them can really make a mess of vents. I want to try the rattle cans so this will give me a head start.

Beautiful job and great garage trophy.

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