Custom Helmet Paint & Finish
Standard Opaques & Fluorescents
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 a light (energy) emitting pigment. Since this is the case, these color pigments are in a constant state of decay and tend to fade much faster over time. To compensate for this, we apply fluorescents over their respective parent color (example: fluorescent red over standard red), giving them much stronger resiliency against fading, and ensuring your helmets colors last as long as possible. (Click here for list of color examples.)
Example Shown: Color Code Porsche Guards Red & Standard White.
Metallics // Flakes, Pearls and Chrome
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 pearl paint, pearlized paint, and chrome. 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. Standard Flake is a larger example of this effect, producing a much brighter and more brilliant sparkle effect.
Chrome is exactly what you think it is, real chrome. This specialized process creates what is considered to be the most premier look of today’s custom painted helmets. Chrome can also be colorized by spraying candy paints over the top of them, creating spectacular results.
Example Shown: Pearlized Gold complimented by standard Red Flake under Candy Apple Red.
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 real Chrome accented with Chrome Flake pinstripe, and featuring a Purple Flake floral pattern.
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/Matte Combination