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 Post subject: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:17 am 
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Need to remove paint from a helmet, would like to have the original tan of the helmet back.
Is there any way to remove the paint ( not over paint it)? Of course without damaging the ballistic protection.

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:49 am 
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Even if you do manage to remove it, you won't be getting the original color back.
It depends on the paint used, but more often than not you will need to use chemicals that can't possibly be good for the helmet.

My suggestion would be to find a paint that's as close to the original color as possible.

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:59 pm 
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You can definitely strip MOST of the spray paint off, but some residue will be left. I use Klean-Strip:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klean-Strip- ... bqZugZ12kx

This will take almost all paint off, but may take two treatments (spray, wipe off, spray again in an hour, wipe off again) to get 99% of the residue off.

It doesn't penetrate the original paint, so it won't affect the ballistic properties.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:01 pm 
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You can definitely strip MOST of the spray paint off, but some residue will be left. I use Klean-Strip:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klean-Strip- ... bqZugZ12kx

This will take almost all paint off, but may take two treatments (spray, wipe off, spray again in an hour, wipe off again) to get 99% of the residue off.


And it wont damage the helmet?

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My suggestion would be to find a paint that's as close to the original color as possible.

What kind of color spray you would use to paint the helmet?

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:04 pm 
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Not at all. Why would it?


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:15 pm 
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pkm200901 wrote:
Not at all. Why would it?


Well, chemicals and kevlar doesnt sound good together :)
Just wanted to be sure, dont want get a bullet in the had because the helmet is damaged :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
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You're not dunking the helmet - you're applying the solvent to the surface. Totally harmless. I've used the same stuff on MSA, SDS, Ops-Core (Gentex) and Crye helmets with no ill effects.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:01 am 
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nice, thanks
did you had to apply it few times?
How long does it took until the color got off?

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
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Just twice, most of it came off.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:21 am 
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sand blast and then soak in paint thinner overnight


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:54 am 
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I used regular paint thinner and it works... I was removing Krylon over the Ops Core MARPAT pattern and it remained intact.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:10 am 
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I think helmet are painted with a CARC paint (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating). It will be probably fine.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:50 pm 
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great, thanks for the replies!

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove paint from a helmet
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:24 am 
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Spray the entire thing with a base coat of primer so the new paint can't adhere. I try and keep my lids chemical free of anything unless something happens to touch them on deployment/training.


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