Custom painted Stilo ST5 racing helmet by Veneratio Designs

Custom Helmet Paint & Finish

Standard Opaques & Fluorescent/Neons

Opaque colors and paints are the standard choice in most of today’s custom helmet designs. They are extremely versatile and there is literally an infinite amount of colors and combinations you can choose from. Specific color codes may be chosen to match specific cars, or custom color mixes can be tailored to create something truly unique only to you.

Fluorescents and Neons are enhanced versions of these pigments that react with UV light, making them appear more bright. In essence, they are actually an energy emitting pigment. Since this is the case, these bright color pigments are always in a constant state of decay and tend to fade much faster over time. compared to standard colors. That is why it is always important to keep them stored safe inside a helmet bag/out of direct sunlight when not in use to ensure the brilliancy of the colors last as long as possible. (Click here for list of color examples.)

Example Shown: Color Code 323 Ferrari Rosso Scuderia Red


Considered to be the most premier effect in today’s racing helmet designs, the chrome-effect can produce the most spectacular depths of color and shine, and can even be colorized with candy paints. It is important to note that this is to be considered as a special “prototype” effect and is not the same as real chrome plating where items are dipped and purified in an acid plating bath with electrolysis (ie: metallic bumpers, parts, wheels, ect). Instead, this imperfect process is done with a harmless water-based silvering solution that is sprayed directly onto a glossy smooth base-coat surface where inherent side effects do occur and are to be considered normal and not defects; such as surface imperfections, orange peal, random specs and marks, and chemical/water residue marks (most of these become less noticeable in the sun, but are still there – see gallery). While helmets with the chrome effect have been known to last for many years and race seasons, they are much more fragile and can delaminate more easily especially with rock chips and damage due to the smooth surface required to create the mirror-like reflection (vs. 600grit sanded surfaces for standard paint jobs without chrome-effect). The overall effect however is extremely illustrious and popular despite the inherent risks.

Example Shown: Glossy candy blue over chrome-effect with matte design elements.

Custom Painted Stilo CMR by Veneratio Designs

Metallics, Pearls & Flakes

The word “metallic” is a general term used to describe paint that appears metallic or shiny in the sunlight. However, there are 3 specifics examples used to achieve this type of effect: metallic paint, pearlized paint, and “metallic flake”. While they all shimmer or sparkle in the sunlight, they are all 3 very different variants. True metallic paint is pigment that is accompanied or carried with a fine metallic powder. Pearlized paint is essentially the same thing but instead of real metal, ceramic powder is typically used instead to mimic the same metallic effect. “Metallic flake” is a larger example of this effect, except it is typically sprayed or added separately over the paint, producing a much brighter and more brilliant sparkle effect.

Example Shown: Candy Red & Metallic Flake with un-spun 24k Gold Leaf

Candy Paints // The Premier Choice

Candy paints and colors are the premier choice for today’s custom helmet designs as they produce a brilliant and deep shine in almost any light. This is because candy is not a paint, but is actually a transparent die that is typically sprayed over a metallic or pearlized color, or even chrome, creating a rich effect that looks like candy. Because of this, they are the most complicated and unforgiving “paints” to work with – but are also the most spectacular.  Since it is a die, the application on any surface must be done perfectly as the tone of the color depends on how it is sprayed, and how it was mixed at that particular time. Think of coloring with a highlighter and watching it get darker as you overlap in certain areas. The same thing happens with candy paints. This type of color application requires the greatest level of skill and patience. If a mistake is made here, there are no “re-do’s” or simple touch-ups like you can with standard opaque colors, only complete “start-overs.” This is why it is virtually impossible to fix a scratch or rock chip in a custom painted hotrod with a candy paint job.

Example Shown: Candy purple over chrome accented with metallic flake pinstripe, and featuring a purple flake floral pattern.

Custom Painted Chrome Arai GP-6 by Veneratio Designs
Custom painted Stilo racing helmet by Veneratio Designs

Gloss or Matte Finish

One of the biggest things people confuse when explaining how they want their helmet custom painted is “paint” vs “finish.” This is typically the case when someone explains, “I want it to be red and matte black,” when asked what colors they want. Here, black and red is a color, and matte is the finish… “But what finish do you want the red to be?” The type of finish you choose can dramatically change the overall look and appearance of your custom painted helmet, and we offer 3 different choices to fit the style you are looking to achieve: Gloss, Matte, or a combination of both. The amount of detail within the application of these combinations is completely up to you.

Example Shown: Glossy neon orange, yellow & red – with matte darker red, white, blue and grey.