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Old 10-25-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Where to find touch up paint for an light matte silver Arai XD3 helmet?

I have a XD3 in a matte silver color and want to touch up some nicks.
Arai does not sell the paint, but can i match elsewhere?
Most silvers are gloss, but this helmet is light silver matte.
Any way to match this or has anyone found a match?
thnx, bill
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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I don't know, but seeing as no else apparently does either here's what I would do.
Large NAPA stores have paint supplies and color match abilities. I'd ask there. There are additives that can "flatten" paint gloss, although I'd imagine it would take quite a bit of experimentation to get the correct matte finish.
Also, I've heard that silver is a difficult color to match.
How do you feel about stickers?
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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I used a crayon to colour match a helmet once. It actually worked extremely well...
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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Only on solution...

Step 1. Throw it down on the ground a couple times and maybe kick it a while you're at it.

Step 2. Put it back on and go riding.

Git 'er done.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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I used a crayon to colour match a helmet once. It actually worked extremely well...

this . . . . exactly matching the color and sheen (or lack thereof) is something I've never been able to pull off . . . . no matter how much I spent on non-custom-mixed paint.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #6
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Bring it into a model shop and see what you can find.
My car has 35 year old faded-to-matte silver paint and I found something to match it.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:09 AM   #7
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Take your helmut too WAL MART. Go to finger nail paint isle. Have fun! BMW dealer told me this one!
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:04 PM   #8
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great ideas. thanks.
i think i'll try the model shop 1st as i've been in those before and wow do some of them have a HUGE paint selection. after that the nail polish selection is huge too.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #9
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Bring it into a model shop and see what you can find.
My car has 35 year old faded-to-matte silver paint and I found something to match it.
that was the trick. local hobby shop had an unreal amount of small bottle paints. damn close match for Arai's matte silver.

http://www.mfpilot.com/model-supplie...-color-acrylic
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #10
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Thanks for the update! My Shoei has a couple of nicks...
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:49 AM   #11
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Better yet, cover the scratch with an ADV sticker!
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