How to paint a welding helmet?
If you are in a welding class then chances you’ve seen people in your class with customized welding helmets. Some might have skulls, butterflies, comic characters painted on their helmets and some might just stick to painting their helmet with their favorite color. There is no reason that your welding helmet can not be anything more than just a protective gear to deflect harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays.
There is no harm in painting your helmet with a color you like, to give it a personalized touch. As most welding helmets come in dull grey and dark black, you can surely paint welding helmets to make them look more trendy and eye-catching. Once you’ve made up your mind that you want to paint your welding helmet then the next question is how are you going to do it? Surely, dumping it in a paint bucket doesn’t seem like a good idea?
Decide what you want
Before painting your helmet, you need to have an end result in your mind so that you’ll know how you want your helmet to look like and paint accordingly. For example, if you want to paint a phoenix on your helmet, then make sure you have the right colors at your disposal. If you are not confident enough to draw it yourself then buy some stencils to help you.
What do you need?
Following are the things that you will need to paint your welding helmet:
- Welding Helmet
- A clean cloth
- Cover coat
It is important to note that since you’ll be working closely with heat after wearing the helmet you’ve painted then it is highly advisable that you buy paints, primer and cover coat that are all fire resistant. Because if you don’t, then chances are your helmet will be on fire while you weld in your workshop or in class and that would be dangerous in so many ways!
Type of Paints
As mentioned above, you can use paints that will work well with your helmet’s material. No matter what, you should not use any flammable liquid on your helmet. You can use Lexan, Polycarbonate paints or plastic krylon, but again make sure that they are not flammable.
Before starting with painting your welding helmet, you need to choose a place where you will do it to minimize the mess you will cause eventually. It will be better if you spread some sheets or buy some gloves to avoid getting paint on your hands and on your workplace.
How to Paint Welding Helmet
Painting your welding helmet might seem like a complicated task but it isn’t that difficult and you can do it easily by following these steps:
Protect your Viewing Window
It is essential that you protect the lens of your viewing window in order to avoid getting paint on it. The viewing window of your welding helmet is the most important feature of any helmet as it not only protects your eyes but also provides you a clear view of what you are working on. And if your helmet uses an Auto Darkening Filter, then protecting it should become your utmost priority. There are two ways to do it: you can either remove the lens altogether or cover it with tape. The first method is preferred by many welders as it completely eliminates the chance of any error. You will be able to go along with the first solution if your helmet allows you to remove it otherwise taping it is the only choice you are left with.
Application of Primer
Once you’ve received the lens and have rubbed the helmet with the cloth thoroughly, you can start the painting process by applying the primer.The primer can help to provide the paint on your helmet a lasting durability and effectiveness.
Paint your Helme
Finally, we’ve reached the step that you were anticipating all along: painting your helmet. Now, you may be eager to begin with the fun immediately but there are couple of things you need to know before you start painting.First, it is better if you paint your helmet white or any other neutral color before continuing on with the color of your choice. Why? This is because having a blank white canvas can help you see and blend your color efficiently without mistaking it for other shades. Secondly, do not paint over a coat without checking if it has dried or not. Painting over wet paint can only lead to disaster.Lastly, make sure you do not dip your brush too much in the colors as it will drip down and ruin the whole aesthetics. Moreover, your brush strokes should work in one direction and not be too aggressive.
Leave it to dry
It is necessary that you let the paint on your helmet dry for a considerable period of time as it will ensure that the paint has adhered to the surface completely. This way, using the cover coat to add an extra sheen to it won’t be troublesome at all. Conclusion: Painting your welding is not a difficult chore and you can do it by following the above-mentioned steps easily. Now, grab your paints and welding helmet, and start giving it a personalized touch!