How to Paint A Motorcycle Helmet: Guideline and Customization Design Ideas You Need To Know

Paint A Motorcycle Helmet

The dangers of riding with an unpainted or poorly painted motorcycle helmet go beyond aesthetics. Such a helmet also endangers your life.

Fortunately, anyone can learn to paint a motorcycle with the right information and supplies. Continue reading to learn more about painting a motorcycle helmet.

Why You Should Paint Your Motorcycle Helmet

You may wonder why you should learn how to paint a motorcycle helmet. Below are concrete reasons to paint your helmet.

To Improve Your Riding Safety

Motorcycles are relatively invisible compared to other motor vehicles. Unfortunately, reduced visibility increases the risk of accidents since other road users can easily crash into you. Factors contributing to the motorcycle’s relative invisibility include the following:

  • The motorcycle’s size
  • The rider’s speed
  • The motorcycle plus rider’s profile
  • The rider’s lane positioning 

Painting the motorcycle a bright color improves its visibility. The improved visibility reduces your risk of accidents with other road users when riding.

To Express Your Individuality

Many motorcycle manufacturers mass-produce their accessories, like helmets. Unfortunately, mass production means your helmet looks just like other riders do. Painting your motorcycle helmet allows you to project individuality unique to your style.

To Match Helmet, Gear, and Bike Style

You can paint your motorcycle helmet so it matches the bike’s color. You can even match everything together, including the riding gear.

To Cover Imperfections

Your helmet may lose some of its shine over the years. Dings, scratches, and deep-seated dirt (like accidental paint spills) might mar the helmet’s beauty. Painting such a helmet will restore its original look.

To Showcase Your Artistic Side

If you have an artistic inclination, only your imagination will limit your helmet’s appearance. Give your helmet those intricate designs or graphics, and display your talents to the world.

To Market Your Brand

As an entrepreneur, take every chance you get to push your business and attract customers. Painting your motorcycle helmet can help you market your brand. For example, you can paint your brand’s colors, logo, symbols, and even motto on your helmet.

To Control Riding Temperature

Bright colors reflect sunlight, while dark colors absorb most of it. Take advantage of this scientific fact to control your helmet’s temperature, which affects your riding comfort. Paint the helmet in light colors if you predominantly ride in hot environments. The helmet will reflect sunlight and remain cool even in the sun.

On the other hand, paint the helmet dark colors if you want it to absorb sunlight. The absorption will help keep your head warm while riding in the cold.

Steps to Take When Painting Your Motorcycle Helmet


Now that you know why people paint motorcycle helmets, you should learn how to do it. The following steps will help you get it right.

Gather Materials, Equipment, and Other Supplies

You need the right supplies for a professional paint outcome. At the minimum, you need the following things:

Sandpaper to smoothen the helmet’s surface

  • Primer to prepare the helmet’s surface
  • Masking tape to protect specific areas
  • Respirator to protect yourself
  • Paint of your desired colors
  • Clear coat to protect the paint
  • Painting equipment, such as sprayer

Ensure everything is of the right quality, depending on your needs. For example, enamel paint is durable and heat resistant enough to survive hot environments. Choose this paint if you plan to solder accessories, like spikes, on your helmet.

Prepare the Painting Area

Choose a good painting area before you start. A good painting area should be free from dust or other contaminants that might affect the painting before it dries. The area should also be spacious enough to allow you to maneuver. Lastly, the painting areas should have good ventilation for optimal paint drying.

Prepare the Helmet

The helmet requires thorough preparation. First, disassemble removable parts and accessories, like the visor. Take care not to damage them during removal. Place them in a safe place where you or someone won’t step on them before reattachment.

Secondly, thoroughly clean the helmet with water and mild detergent, plus a washcloth or brush. Let the clean helmet dry completely before moving to the next step.

Sand the helmet to remove existing paint or stubborn stains. Sanding exposes the helmet’s material to facilitate adequate paint adhesion.

Protect the Areas You Don’t Want to Paint

Protect parts of the helmet you don’t want to paint. Protect also the parts you want to paint in different colors. Here is where the masking tape comes in – use it to cover the areas you don’t want the paint to touch. Other materials, like plastic sheets or newspapers, also come in handy.

Apply the Primer

Helmet paint adheres best when applied on a smooth and uniform surface. Applying the primer on the prepared helmet creates this surface. You may need more than one primer coat depending on the primer, paint, and desired outcome. Refer to the manufacturer’s direction for the exact coats.

Paint the Helmet

Now comes the juicy part – painting the helmet. Use your chosen equipment, like an airbrush, paint sprayer, or brush. Remember to put on the respirator to protect your respiratory system from the negative paint effects before starting.

Multiple paint layers give a better outcome than a single layer. Ensure each coat is even and thin. Allow each layer to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Most professionals allow each paint layer several hours to dry.

Apply the Clear Coat

Apply the clear coat once you complete the last paint layer and it’s relatively dry. The clear coat protects the paint underneath and ensures its durability. The clear coat also gives the helmet the glossy finish you often see on professional paint jobs.

Dry and Cure the Helmet

Painting a motorcycle helmet is a marathon, not a print. Be patient with every step if you want a favorable outcome. Allow the helmet to dry thoroughly once you finish painting all the layers – including the clear coat.

Use a spare helmet to ride while the painted one is drying. Alternatively, paint your motorcycle helmet when you don’t plan to ride. Remember, you may have to wait several weeks or even days before wearing the helmet without damaging the paint.

Reassemble the Helmet

The last step is to reattach the accessories you removed when preparing the helmet. Confirm that the paint job meets your expectations before you begin the attachment. Confirm you have reattached everything once you are done.


Hopefully, the above tips have taught you how to paint a motorcycle helmet. Use the tips, and your helmet will always look new and shiny. Remember to care for your helmet closely to avoid damaging the paint.

Clean the helmet regularly using clean water, mild detergent, and a soft washcloth. Keep the helmet where other objects, insects, or people cannot damage its paint. A helmet cover can protect it from such threats. Lastly, you can always get a professional to paint your helmet if, for any reason, you cannot do it.