How to Reline and Repad a Full Face Motorcycle Helmet
A full face motorcycle helmet is a safer alternative to using an open face helmet that exposes the face to outside elements. When a full face helmet gets over used, it tends to loose its linings and padding and may require the owner to change helmet. However, the helmet can also be relined and repadded to save on costs. For some people, throwing away a good full face motorcycle helmet is not the kind of thing they can easily do. Read on for instructions on how to save a full face motorcycle helmet by repadding and relining.
Step 1 – Prepare the Helmet
If the helmet padding and lining are nearly destroyed, simply remove the old padding to make way for the new one. The best way to remove the old padding from the helmet is to use an adhesive remover. Purchase the adhesive remover as well as the new padding and lining materials from an auto supply shop. Apply the adhesive remover to a piece of old cloth and use it to remove the padding from the helmet. Be very careful not to damage the helmet. When the padding is completely removed from the helmet, wipe off the remaining adhesive on the interior of the helmet.
Step 2 – Plan the Padding and the Lining
Helmets are of different sizes and it may not be easy to purchase the right type of padding for the helmet. If the padding fits the helmet correctly, then the only step needed is to glue the padding to the helmet. If the padding is not an exact fit, this can be remedied by cutting the padding to the correct size that will conform to the helmet. Measure the dimensions of the padding needed for the helmet and cut the padding accordingly. Cut the fabric liner as well according to the measured dimensions. Make sure to give the liner an allowance that will allow it to cover the padding completely.
Step 3 – Glue the New Padding and Lining
Place the padding on the helmet to check if it fits perfectly. Make adjustments if necessary. Apply adhesive or glue on the surface of the interior of the helmet and place the padding onto the surface. Be sure to place the padding correctly and be very careful that it fits the right spot before pressing on the padding firmly until it sticks to the adhesive. Do the same with the rest of the padding until all pieces of the padding are glued. Afterwards, carefully place the fabric liner to cover the padding and glue all the edges of the fabric nicely. Make sure that all the edges of the fabric are tucked into the padding before allowing it to dry.
Allow the adhesive to dry completely. Afterwards, check if the padding and the fabric liner are glued completely. Add more glue to the edges of the lining that are still loose and allow to dry.