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Old 05-01-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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Question Can you wrap a helmet

I'm about to get a new Aria Signet-Q Pro Tour and it only comes in frost black ... I'm also not paying more just for the graphic options. I personally don't like any of them.

I'm thinking of wrapping most or parts of the helmet in Hi-Viz yellow because, well, its Hi-Viz.

I would like to know if anyone has seen issues with wrapping a helmet. I know an installer so thats not an issue. A pro would be doing the work .... not a hack like me. The wrap would be the same thing used on car and I think its made by 3M.

I know some people won't even put a sticker on a helmet or sticky pad to hold a Sena. I'm not concerned about that.

I'm concerned about wear, longevity, peeling off and so on.

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Old 05-01-2015, 12:46 PM   #2
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It will work on a helmet just like a car. Pro is that it will protect against scratches. Con is that it will make it less slippery (but not much more than matte paint) if you happen to go for slide on your head.

I wouldn't try to do one myself because of the complex curves and how noticeable mistakes would be, but a competent installer should be able to make it look good. Are you paying for materials and labor? If so, maybe paying more for the graphics would be the same in the end?

Oh - other plus: if you hate it, you can peel it off. And you can put all sorts of stickers on them and peel those off too :)
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:48 PM   #3
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but stickers make you go faster

Thanks for the input.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:58 PM   #4
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Yes. The only problem you run into is the type of design. Designs with a ton of lines going everywhere are hard to do apparently. This is one of my race car helmets.





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Old 05-01-2015, 01:15 PM   #5
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very nice ...

I'm pretty simple. I would be thrilled with something similar to this.



I have to talk to the installer I know. I'm assuming I would pay for materials and some good beer. In the end cost may be an issue, but I have to find out.

To bad they didn't make the Pro Tour version in a Hi-Viz. I know its a first world issue when I can't have my Arai helmet in yellow.

I looked at getting the sun shade and upgraded liner later, but the shade is $90 ... eek. Also I can't find part numbers for the upgraded liner, so I don't think I could switch that out.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:24 PM   #6
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Can they do it with reflective accents?
That'd be cool.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:32 PM   #7
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I assume they could do it with what ever material 3M makes.
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:54 PM   #8
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Yes it can be done, and done pretty well these days with the conformable substrates and the air channels in the glue.

If there is a lot of printing the print is hard to get lined up with the wrap that's already laid down.

And it will distort if you are stretching it much to get it to lay down without bubbles.

Some adhesives might not be compatible with the shell material of the helmet.

That said I've not seen any helmet shells that have reacted with a wrap.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:27 PM   #9
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I assume they could do it with what ever material 3M makes.
3M, Avery, Oracal, Arlon. 3M is not even the best.
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:52 PM   #10
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3m is the only one I know. I'll see what he uses

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Old 05-02-2015, 06:43 AM   #11
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gundrted -

Have you seen or thought about Hydro Graphics? I saw this done at the Timonium MD
bike show a few months ago. It's a film you lay out in a tub of water, then dip the item
you want wrapped into the tub slowly and when it comes out, it has a design on it. They
were demonstrating doing it on a helmet. Came out pretty decent. There are several
companies doing it, this is just one: http://www.uniquehydrographics.com/index.html
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:13 PM   #12
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DOT retroreflective tape that I cut with a craft punch. Took forever, but it sure is shiny.

I'll do the same when I need a new helmet, but with a differently shaped punch.
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gundrted -

Have you seen or thought about Hydro Graphics? I saw this done at the Timonium MD
bike show a few months ago. It's a film you lay out in a tub of water, then dip the item
you want wrapped into the tub slowly and when it comes out, it has a design on it. They
were demonstrating doing it on a helmet. Came out pretty decent. There are several
companies doing it, this is just one: http://www.uniquehydrographics.com/index.html
I'm not sure that would work for a helmet but it's really cool. It must have been really neat to see then do it.

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DOT retroreflective tape that I cut with a craft punch. Took forever, but it sure is shiny.

I'll do the same when I need a new helmet, but with a differently shaped punch.
Wow. I didn't know if I would have the patience for that.

That reminds me I need to add DOT tape to my rear splash fender. There is a good little spot for it on the GS.

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I picked up my Signet-Q yesterday. The more I look at it the more I'm concerned how out would look without being fully wrapped. It may look rather fuggly otherwise.

This will take more thought for sure.

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