How to Spray Paint a Football Helmet

    Step 1

    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.

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

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

    Step 5

    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.

Things Needed

  • Painters plastic
  • Screwdriver
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Spray paint

About the Author

Zach Lazzari is a Montana based freelance outdoor writer and photographer. You can follow his work at bustedoarlock.com.