Helmet Paint

Oktane Visual has become one of the premier race helmet paint studios in the country, with my unique design style and practiced precision. Helmet paint is where drivers really get to show off their personality, and I make sure the process is as painless and efficient as possible. My goal is to integrate the client’s personal flair into each and every helmet, while maintaining a truly bespoke and contemporary final design. I offer a couple different paint packages to fit any budget, from weekend warrior to professional pilot.

Helmet paint pricing depends on a lot of factors, but the first variable is the design. More complex designs take longer to layout, mask, and paint so the cost rises with that added labor. Additional special effects, intricate stencil usage, and wing and vent painting all can alter the cost as well. Please note that you are commissioning a very special and unique piece of custom personal artwork and my prices reflect that. I don’t copy designs, I don’t cut corners. This is truly a one-off piece of art for you and you alone.

Please note that I DO NOT paint used helmets. In order to ensure the final paint job is of the highest quality, it is recommended that you provide a brand new, solid-color helmet. If you need to purchase a helmet, Oktane is a dealer for Arai helmets and accessories, and I would be happy to help you pick the right model for your needs.

Please DO NOT send me a helmet without booking an appointment or contacting us first. Any helmet that shows up without a spot in the calendar, will be shipped back to you at YOUR cost.

Spec : 1 Paint Job
  • Base Paint Job Price – $650+

A base-level paint package that captures your personality in a clean and iconic design. 1-3 colors, single-color pinstriping, and minimal airbrush work.

Spec : 2 Paint Job
  • Base Paint Job Price – $1000+

A high-end paint job that includes up to 5 colors, single-color pinstriping, moderate airbrush detail and layering, and minimal stencil work.

“Advanced Concept” Paint Job
  • Base Paint Job Price – $1500

Our new “Advanced Concept” paint package kicks everything up to the highest level. This is where I, as an artist, get to stretch my legs and go for something really special. Advanced Concept paint jobs are meant to challenge the artist and redefine what helmet paint can look like stylistically. For decades, the same airbrushed shapes, flicks, and points, and the same neon colors have been used over and over in varying combinations. One complaint I hear again and again is how helmets are all starting to look the same. The simple truth is that the “European style” of helmet design has come and gone and gotten a bit stale in my opinion. With Advanced Concepts, I want to change the perception of what a helmet paint job should be. These ultra-unique paint jobs will go for one flat rate of $1500. There will be no initial computer rendering given to the customer. I will take your initial ideas on color and go for a completely unique paint job, trying new techniques, design elements, and patterns. There are no limits or upcharges for special effects on this one. If I feel the helmet needs some chrome, it gets chrome. If I feel it needs hand-painted elements, it gets hand-painted elements. Maybe it’s got lots of typography on it. Maybe it’s asymmetrical. It’s totally open-ended, exciting, and refreshing. This isn’t going to be for everybody. Not all clients will be comfortable letting me go off unrestrained with no idea of what will come out at the end. And that’s totally okay. I have my more conventionally styled paint jobs that have become familiar across the world. But for those who like to take a little more risk, this will be perfect for you.

There are additional charges for special paint effects or detailed airbrush work. The list below outlines some of the pricing upcharges for these services. These effects can be added to any of my paint jobs at the cost listed.

  • Painted PED Kit : +$150
  • Metal Flake/Glitter Base : +$200
  • Silver/Gold Leaf : +$200
  • Holographic Vinyl : +$150
  • Matte Finish : +$150
  • Matte & Gloss Combo Finish : +$300
  • True Chrome Base : +$500

Process

Getting a helmet is a fairly straightforward process, and I work hard to make the whole job as smooth and clear for you as possible.

Step 1 : Contact Oktane (email works best) to check availability and scheduling.
Step 2 : Once I’ve got you in the calendar, I will contact you a couple weeks before your booked month to begin the design process. I usually ask for some initial color ideas or any design input you have. If you don’t have any particular in mind, don’t sweat it! Many of my clients give me full reign on the design phase. Unlike some painters, I have a degree in graphic design and worked professionally in the design industry for several years before painting, giving me real-world experience to fully handle the design phase. Please also let me know what helmet you will be providing or purchasing.
Step 3 : After I get the first design concept drawn up on the computer, I will send it over to your for feedback. Don’t hold back; I want your 100% honest opinion! It’s your helmet, and the design should be exactly what you had in mind. If you have any design revisions you’d like to see, I will make some tweaks and send back another round of concepts. This process repeats until everyone is happy with the design, and you sign off on it for approval.
Step 4 : Once we have the design approved and finalized, I can give you final pricing and send an initial invoice for the paint job. As noted below in the payment terms, I require 50% upfront to start the job and 50% upon completion.
Step 5 : After the first deposit is received, I start work on the helmet. Please note: I do not send in-progress photos of the helmet, unless there is a specific need to confirm design details. A paint job at its mid-point isn’t a very pretty piece sometimes, and isn’t always representative of what the final product will look like. Shop lighting can affect the photos, colors can appear different, and touch-up work might still need to be done, so to save you from worry, it’s usually better to just be patient and let me get the helmet looking its best before I show it off. I am happy to send you text/email updates as I go though, so you know exactly how it’s going.
Step 6 : When the final clearcoat is drying, I will let you know and at this point the remaining invoice will need to be paid. Once that’s paid, I will take photos and video of the helmet, post to social media, and can ship the helmet back to you.

Turn-Around Time

Oktane Visual adheres to a strict calendar to maintain a consistent turn-around time throughout the year. It is important to follow these simple guidelines in order to keep the process on schedule and to make sure the final product lives up both everyone’s expectations:

  • Helmet must be shipped and arrive within the first week of your booked month. This ensures we can start immediately after the design for the helmet has been approved.
  • Please provide timely feedback during the design phase.
  • Please have final 50% payment ready and sent in a timely manner when the helmet is nearing completion.
  • Do NOT send a helmet without first booking an appointment. Any helmets received without confirming your spot in the calendar will be shipped back to you at YOUR COST.

Payment Terms

I require a 50% deposit before we start working on your helmet. You can include cash or a check for half the total paint job amount along with the helmet when you send it or I also accept payment by credit card through PayPal. After the paint portion of the job is finished and the helmet is ready for final clearing, I’ll require you send the remaining balance of the payment and I’ll ship your rad looking brain bucket back to you. Alternative payment terms can be discussed if the helmet and payment are able to be exchanged in person at an upcoming event.