How to Spray Paint a Football Helmet

Football player

Spray paint is used to change colors on football helmets. It is also used to re-finish helmets with chipped and faded paint. Many teams will repaint their helmets at the beginning of each season. Painting a football helmet is relatively easy but it does require an open work space and a stable environment for even application and drying of the paint. After the paint is cured, many teams will add stickers with their mascot.

Locate an open, wind-free area for painting. An outdoor area or open garage works well. Place a sheet of painters plastic on the ground to absorb excess paint.

Remove the interior padding from the helmet. The padding is attached with Velcro and pulls free with mild pressure.

Remove the face mask with a small Phillips head screwdriver. The screws are located on the top and side rails of the face mask.

Wipe the helmet with an alcohol pad to create a clean surface. Place the helmet on the plastic sheet.

Hold the spray paint can one foot from the helmet and apply an even coat of paint. Wait 20 minutes for the helmet to dry and add a second coat of paint.


Paint multiple helmets at one time by placing them in rows on the plastic. Batch painting will create a consistent look for the whole team.


Do not spray paint in an enclosed area. The fumes are strong and ventilation is necessary.