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STEP-BY-STEP PAINTING RACE HELMET


Jo Taylor

TOP UK AIRBRUSH ARTIST

STEP 1: DESIGN STAGE
MARK's STEP-BY-STEP OF RACE GRAPHICS
SCHEME ON BELL CAR RACING HELMET
This design incorporates a homage to Jensen Button's helmet designs and was commisioned as a sponsorship behest by our race-driver client ASH SHUTTLEWOOD.

We redesigned the scheme to accommodate the initials: 'AS' and factored in some special effects colour shift sparkle to the black elements and white sparkle-flake to the white elements of the theme to provide a striking counterpoint to the in-your-face fluorescent yellow chartreuse that dominates this bespoke custom airbrush painted race helmet design.
STEP 2:
DISMANTLE, PREP + MASK
Ok, having received the helmet from Ash in its original condition, with factory graphics and stickers buried under the clear coat, the first step is to dismantle it.

Which means removing everything that will not be painted such as visor, vents, trims or if it can't be removed .... it's masked with tape.

The shell is then masked to protect the interior and anything else I want to keep paint free, prior to priming
STEP 3:
BASECOAT
The helmet in its original state
  The helmet in basecoat white after being primed
The next step is to prepare the surface for painting.

As the original factory graphics have raised edges, the whole area is block sanded to give a smooth surface, to which I have then applied two good coats of primer.
This is then is flatted again.

For this particular design, the helmet needed to be white, so I applied a white base coat.
Over which a WHITE SPARKLE-FLAKE was sprayed adding a touch more 'WOW' factor.
STEP 4:
CREATE THE DESIGN
 
STEP 5:
BASE COLOUR
Accuracy with placement of the fine-line masking tape is crucial to achieving sharp, good-looking graphics.
The white elements of the design are masked out.
I then sprayed the fluorescent chartreuse.

STEP 6:
MASK TO PROTECT THE FLUORESCENT

This step sees the fluorescent areas preserved whilst creating the black elements.

In preperation, a couple of coats of clear was sprayed to protect the fluorescent while it was re-masked to accept the black elements of the design.
STEP 7:
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Sparkle shift added
over the black:
I then gave the black a light dusting of “Gem chameleon ruby” which gives a rich sparkle that shifts through RUBY-GOLD-GREEN depending on the angle of the light.
STEP 8:
READY TO CLEARCOAT
CLEARCOAT STAGE
STEP 9: FINAL STAGE
POLISH & REASSEMBLE
This design incorporates hard edge masking to create the crisp, clean lines of colour and graphics.

Several layers of clearcoat
will need to be applied to 'sink' the edges to acheive a smooth, high gloss, 'SHOW STANDARD' glass finish.

Once the final clearcoat has hardened sufficiently the helmet is polished to a high gloss finish.

It is then reassembled i.e vents, trims, visor etc..and it's ready for the customer.
The design has all its colours and special effects completed
THE HELMET IS FINISHED!
With all of the design masking tape removed and our Logo sprayed onto the chin guard, (in black + colour shift sparkle) the helmet is ready for the final clearcoats.
TOTAL COST:
£ 620 + insured postage @ cost
SUMMARY OF STAGES
1. Re-design scheme layout to client's requirements.

2. Dismantle, mask + prep surfaces

3. Primer + Basecoat + WHITE SPARKLEFLAKE
4. Mask the design (WHITE ELEMENTS).

5. Spray FLUORESCENT base

6. Intercoat CLEARCOAT + mask + spray BLACK ELEMENTS.
7. Add COLOUR SHIFT SPARKLE.

8. Clearcoats to 'sink' edges + give GLASS FINISH

9. Polish + Buff

10. Reassemble helmet
We are pleased to custom paint new or used crash helmets in good condition and have experience airbrushing artwork and custom painting on most makes of helmet including: Arai, Shoei, Craft, Simpson, Roof, Bell, Caberg, Airoh, Sparco, AGV, Nolan etc.
ARTWORK STYLES: Our airbrush skills enable us to paint ANY SUBJECT in many different artwork and painting styles such as:-
  • PIN-UP ART
    (
    Historical & contemporary)
  • RACE GRAPHICS
  • TRIBAL & CELTIC GRAPHICS
  • PORTRAITS (inc. celebs, movies etc)
  • TRUE FLAMES
  • HOT-ROD FLAMES
  • NATURALISTIC
  • FANTASY, GOTHIC, HORROR
  • PHOTO-REALISTIC
  • CARTOON,MANGA etc.,
We offer a complete shaping, priming and painting service for bare metal custom fuel tanks and fenders including 3D sculpture enhancement of designs, as well as basecoating, design and artwork for original factory fuel tanks and tank covers, back boxes,fairings, seat units, cowls,mudguards and fenders.
   

Bespoke Designs & Custom Airbrush Painting Helmets

DESIGN: With creative genius, we weave your design theme ideas into a bespoke quality custom painted helmet scheme.

If you would like to see how the design will look on the helmet prior to placing your commission, we can provide a digital design layout more
ARTWORK: Decades of airbrush experience and art training enable us to design and paint to a very high professional standard in many different styles: PHOTOREALISTIC, FANTASY, TRIBAL, GOTHIC, CARTOON, MANGA, OLD SCHOOL & VINTAGE CUSTOM STYLES, PORTRAITS (inc. movie scenes, celebrities), GRAPHICAL etc
TEXT & LOGOS: We can accurately replicate logos or creatively adapt to fit in with the design or use your preferred font for text requirements.
COLOUR: We have an unlimited range of colours at our disposal and can colour code match or mix unique custom colours to your specification.
SPECIAL EFFECT PAINTS: Pearlescent, metallic, sparkle, colour shift, candy, iridescent, fluorescent etc discerningly incorporated often elevates a design's 'wow' factor.
CLEARCOAT FINISH: All our airbrush custom paintwork is preserved on fuel tanks with several layers of top quality automotive industry clearcoats. The finish is polished and buffed to a custom show winning 'glass' finish.
PAINTING EFFECTS: Consider including techniques like: TRUE FLAMES, HOT-ROD FLAMES MARBLEISING, PINSTRIPING, TROMPE L'OEIL, MURALS etc to add further dimension your custom paint design scheme.

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Aerograffiti UK top professional airbrush artists Jo Taylor & Mark Humphrey