For being one of the most important pieces of safety equipment worn in motorsports, often the "care and feeding" portion of helmet ownership is overlooked. Here are a few tips for making your investment last:
- Air it out! Don't just put it back in the bag right after your race. Open the visor, set it in a place where air can pass through it or place it on a helmet dryer.
- Use a product like Helmet Fresh to kill off the bacteria, mold, and mildew that makes that unique "helmet funk" smell. Spray liberally inside the helmet before storage.
- Black Armor Helmets feature fully removable cheek pads and liners. Just unsnap the cheek pads or pull out the liner (hook and loop fasteners) and soak in the sink with a very mild detergent like Woolite, and completely air dry. We do not recommend machine washing nor the use of harsh detergents or bleach.
- Your helmet's exterior surface is treated with a fire-retardant paint. Just like your car, it needs to be cleaned periodically. Use mild soap and water on a cloth and rub off the grime, dust, and wear marks. Follow up with a good automotive cleaner wax to get any light scratches and scuffs. Deeper scratches or finish chips can be treated and repaired like automotive paint.
- DO wipe your visor inside and out with mild soap and water and a very soft cloth. DON'T use glass cleaner or vinegar, it can discolor the poly material and may cause reduced vision.
- Periodically check your helmet hardware for excessive looseness. You may set the tension on your shield hardware for best use, also use blue or red Loc-Tite threadlocker to ensure nothing vibrates loose during your race. Black Armor Helmet are assembled from the factory with threadlocker. HANS recommends the use of blue Loc-Tite on anchor posts.
- Always inspect your helmet for damage, cracks, etc and especially after an accident. We provide no-cost inspections but always recommend complete helmet replacement if it was worn in a wreck. It's also a good idea to inspect and recertify your Head & Neck Restraint Device, and potentially replace seatbelts/harnesses. Safety gear may be worn throughout their normal service life until their expiration date, but are "one time use" in the event of a crash.