How to Repad an Open Face Motorcycle Helmet

  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-100
What You'll Need
Replacement padding material (available at most auto body and motorcycle repair shops)
Xacto knife or other sharp knife
High strength glue designed for use on plastic
Adhesive remover and plastic cleaner

While an open face motorcycle helmet is not the safest option for headgear to use while you ride your bike, it is oftentimes many people's first choice. This is because open face motorcycle helmets are not only attractive to look at, but they're also quite comfortable. If you get too hot in a fully covered motorcycle helmet, consider purchasing an open face motorcycle helmet and a set of goggles to use to protect your eyes. Like other helmets, however, open face ones tend to wear out over time. Read on for a guide on how to replace the pads in an open face motorcycle helmet.

Step 1 - Remove Existing Padding

Whether the padding on your helmet has become too loose, or if part of it has come off, you'll need to first remove all of the rest of the padding on the interior of the open face motorcycle helmet before you can repad the helmet itself. The best way to do this is with a strong adhesive remover product. These products are typically available at hardware stores or at motorcycle repair shops. Apply the remover to a rag and use it to carefully dislodge and remove the pads. Be careful that you don't damage the helmet itself during this process. Before you're ready to install the next pads, you'll also need to use a plastic cleaner to thoroughly remove all traces of adhesive and padding from the inside of the helmet.

Step 2 - Cut the New Padding

If the material that you've purchased to replace the pads is not cut in the proper size, you'll have to do this first. Use a sharp knife to cut carefully, and be sure that you use a diagram or guideline system to make the padding the right size. More often than not, however, the replacement padding will come in the proper size and shape; you will need to know the exact size of the helmet in order to buy the right padding.

Step 3 - Glue the New Padding

Apply adhesive to the inside of the plastic on a certain portion of the helmet itself. Carefully apply the replacement padding on top of the adhesive, being very careful that it's stable and in the right spot before you press it down firmly. Continue until all of the padding is attached in this way. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the new padding to dry before you wear the helmet.