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Looking to paint a helmet (Myself) but part of the scene is Chrome. Can I have this done...

and if so where?

Do I paint the rest of the helmet first or after the plating is done?

Brad T [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Pownal, Vermont


We suggest that you achieve this chrome finish appearance by means of a paint process. It is not advisable to seek a company that can plate you helmet and it would be one of the most expensive helmets in the USA, if you found a source. Regards.

Stephen C. Ward
- Canada



I would be very concerned with attempting to plate the helmet to achieve this effect due to the possible material / physical changes that could happen during the process. I am assuming that the helmet is a piece of safety equipment and not just decorative.

Most sign shops and hobby stores offer adhesive backed mylar that is chrome in appearance. You could probably paint over the mylar (I would test for adhesion and reaction first). If adhesion is a big issue, there is a material called "bare metal" that is used to simulate chrome on scale models. It is essentially adhesive backed aluminum foil. It would probably require a good clear coat for protection.

You should also contact the manufacturer of the helmet to find out what paint finishes they recommend on their product. Paint solvents may also change the properties of the helmet material.

Hope that this helps

Mark Atterbury
Beatrice Nebraska

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