Cleaning white helmet

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Jumpin' Jack Flash
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Cleaning white helmet

Hi,

Last weekend I was struck by the difference in "white" between my Sparco helmet, carbon aramidic, 5 years old, and new helmets in the shop.

Is there a trick to get an older helmet brand new white again? Other tips for cleaning and maintenance of a helmet are welcome.

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The big issue is not using a solvent (or anything else) that causes damage: usual platitude about only being issued with one head.

Have you got the manufacturers' instructions already?

You're probably going to end up with water, detergent, a microfibre cloth and a toothbrush.

Jonathan

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I clean mine after every race with Plexus. After 10 years my Arai was looking great. I now have a Bell and it is wearing well. 

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This is a very dodgy post with a lot helmet polishing going on Yikes

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It's OK as long as you don't spend too much time polishing the end of your Bell helmet...

Tomiam
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Is it ok if someone else is doing it though?

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Hi everyone,

I use a mild soap, cotton cloth and microfibre to clean it. It is still shiny, no scratches or stains but the problem is that there is a sort of yellow shade on it.

I don' t know Plexus? What is it and where do you get it. Bell has some sort of polish, I reckon that is just a mild glaze polish.

Ideas are welcome ...

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Plexus Plastic Cleaner.

I've found a data sheet, but of course it might not apply because the same product name can be used for different formulations. That data sheet says it contains aliphatics, so I wouldn't use it unless the manufacturer of the helmet says it's OK.

Jonathan

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Glider and GA pilots use it to clean perspex canopies. Its effective but pretty mild stuff. I can't see it harming a helmet

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I think the white pigmented plastic is likely to have yellowed and discoloured due to the influence of sunlight...and it's probably permanent Grumpy

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I have used mr sheen and a duster for 15 years, half of that time on the same Arai helmet, and it is as good as new.