|Many of the helmets I obtain
to refurbish myself have been recertified at least once, and
are probably at the end of their useful lives. No matter
where you obtain these from, if you need to refurbish it yourself
or simply apply a new coat of paint, I hope that these tips
are of use.
First off, a precaution: if you sand or file a helmet shell,
you are removing parts of the shell and will automatically
void the warranty. DO NOT USE THE HELMET FOR ANYTHING
OTHER THAN A DISPLAY MODEL! Some helmet manufacturers
claim that simply applying spray paint to a helmet can cause
it to become brittle; obviously by sanding/filing a helmet
shell you are making the shell weaker. So do not use
it for anything other than display purposes only, in order
to properly protect yourself. To avoid any confusion
with SilverState55.com's shells, since they will only be
used for display, NOCSAE certification molding on the rear
of the shell is sanded off and all labels but the sizing
label inside are removed. Once this is done, it is
recommended that you DO NOT SELL, GIVE, OR TRADE this helmet
to anyone, to avoid any potential misuse of the helmet (and
potential liability on your part). There are plenty
of wannabe rocket scientists out there who are all too willing
to misuse a display helmet, especially if they've been loading
up on "liquid courage" or "hero juice"
(insert alcoholic beverage of choice). Be sure to
protect yourself, don't let these helmets get loose once
you start to refurbish them according to these steps.
With that said, let's get busy!