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post #1 of 19 Old 06-05-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Spray painting my MC Helmet

I've been looking for a variety of military (Army) colored helmets as I'm retired ARNG, but want to add a level of visibility to the helmet as well. Not finding many good choices (and please post if you have a link to military style/pattern MC helmets) I'm going to try to paint my Fulmer helmet in a design that is both military and Hi-Vis.

I have an idea in my head, but want to know more about the painting process; i.e. type of paint, clear coat etc. Anyone done this before? I have two helmets, and look at this as an experiment. Thanks.

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-07-2012, 06:32 AM
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Unless you use the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels helmet patterns High-Vis is pretty illusive within the scope of military paint patterns. I looked at both ABU and AUC patterns and determined that I'm not patient enough to paint either. As far as camo goes, desert tan/chocolate chip cookie (little brown arcs with black accents) is about the easiest. I would look at some of the hydrographics suppliers. They've all sorts of camo patterns, some with blaze orange incorporated.

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My initial design is Flat OD green much like a blackhawk helicopter, the Army chevron on each side, and two hi-viz racing stripes in the center from front to back. Still thinking it through. What I really need to know is the process for a durable paint job if it's possible.
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My initial design is Flat OD green much like a blackhawk helicopter, .
You wouldn't have happened to have been a member of that medevac unit out of Lincoln, would you?



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You wouldn't have happened to have been a member of that medevac unit out of Lincoln, would you?
24th Med? is that what you are referring to? One month back in the late 1980's, but then took a promotion back in my own unit across the street in Penterman Armory back in the day. I just used the Blackhawk example for color purposes. I'm a retired Cav. Medical PSG and was based in Lincoln. We had both tanks and helicopters, but I spent my career behind Armor and on tracks. Had a lot of acquaintances there however.

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Yes, the 24th Med. When I left active duty back in the late '90's as an E-7 (Blackhawk mechanic) I joined them for about six months before I decided Guard service wasn't for me. They seemed like a good bunch of folks, tho.



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Not sure if you've done this yet but I found your post while looking for ideas on painting my KLR.

I did my helmet over the summer. I didn't do anything high-viz but also being former ARNG I went with military theme.

I used Rustoleum Camo Green and black paints
I took off any parts I could prior to sanding/painting
I used an orbital mouse sander to rough up the surface really well
Taped over anything else I didn't want painted

I put several coats of the green on over several hours, letting each coat dry enough that it was safe to touch.

I then let it set for 24 hours and then used more painters tape to mask off a stripe down the center of the helmet. I used a tape measure and pencil to make a generic pattern to follow to keep it fairly centered and straight

Then I put a few coats of the black on.

This has been really durable so far. The only issue is that it's a little tougher to clean any dirt off and when I spray cleaner on the face shield it'll shine up the paint for a bit.

I'll post some pictures once I get a chance. Hope this helps!
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and on an unrelated note:
CO D 4/109 Armor, Newbern TN (19K) till 95 when the state did a re-org
Then 88M with 1171st and 1174th TCs out of NW TN. Went with 1171st TC to Iraq in 04-05 and got out afterwards.
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Not sure if you've done this yet but I found your post while looking for ideas on painting my KLR.

I did my helmet over the summer. I didn't do anything high-viz but also being former ARNG I went with military theme.

I used Rustoleum Camo Green and black paints
I took off any parts I could prior to sanding/painting
I used an orbital mouse sander to rough up the surface really well
Taped over anything else I didn't want painted

I put several coats of the green on over several hours, letting each coat dry enough that it was safe to touch.

I then let it set for 24 hours and then used more painters tape to mask off a stripe down the center of the helmet. I used a tape measure and pencil to make a generic pattern to follow to keep it fairly centered and straight

Then I put a few coats of the black on.

This has been really durable so far. The only issue is that it's a little tougher to clean any dirt off and when I spray cleaner on the face shield it'll shine up the paint for a bit.

I'll post some pictures once I get a chance. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the tips! And no, I haven't painted my helmet yet. I'd like to see the pics. I'm thinking flat OD Green with flat black stripes and the Army chevrons on each side.

I may also just get another helmet as mine is about 7-yrs old.
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I'm pretty sure paint can **** up the plastic on the helmet...I think Jay Leno told me.




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