[EDIT: I didn't make the helmet for financial gain but I see there's a lot of people that are interested in having one. With the materials (helmet, paint, tape, decals, etc.), it cost me about $70 to get it as spot on as I could. If I can get 15 people willing to pay $100 (the cost plus some for my time), I'm willing to make more. Please let me know in the comments at the bottom if you're interested. Only difference is the wings won't be as glossy as they look below. I can make an ebay post so you're guaranteed that if I don't get 15 that you'll get your money back.]
Wanted to share my handiwork for the other obsessive-compulsive, artsy Michigan fans out there - just finished a replica mini-helmet of this year's M helmet with the satin finish. I studied a bunch of photos to get the details as correct as possible with a mini-helmet.
For those wanting to do the same at home, here's the steps I took:
What you'll need: Michigan Riddell Speed mini-helmet, navy blue model spray paint for plastics, clear satin spray paint, flat black spray paint
1) With a screwdriver, take apart the helmet - take off the facemask, front and back bumpers (these are glued in so be careful when removing), clips, screws, and chin strap. Take apart the parts of the chin strap as well. Watch out for losing small parts.
2) Remove the wings and stripes very carefully. The wings can potentially have some of the maize come off onto the helmet itself, screwing them up. If you're not comfortable taking off the wings, no big deal. I noticed that the maize part of the full-size helmets are glossy so I went ahead and did this step, but it's risky.
2) Tape off the exterior of the helmet, covering the edges so there's no bleed-through, using painters tape. Tape off the helmet's ventilation holes from the inside so there's no bleed-through. Spray paint the inside of the helmet with flat black paint. You'll probably need two coats.
3) When the inside is dry remove the masking tape covering the interior holes and the exterior shell.
4) With a sweeping motion, give the exterior a thin full coat, making sure it covers the entire shell, of clear satin spray paint. Do not do more than one coat or it'll lighten the color of the helmet.
5) Paint the clips, two of the four screws, the front and back bumpers, chinstrap, and the metal chin strap parts, with navy blue spray paint. Paint each side and once dry, finish them with the clear satin spray paint. Note that regular navy spray paint from Home Depot is too light. I used Tamiya TS-55 navy blue spray paint to most closely match the color of the helmet; bought at a hobby store.
6) When everything is dry, put the wings and stripe back on the helmet. You'll notice that when you get the standard mini-helmet that the back of the helmet is not correct. When you put the wings back on, you'll have to stretch the stripes and space them so that the ends will be covered by the back bumper.
7) Put all of the hardware back together. The two screws you painted earlier go in the clips at the top of the facemask. The non-painted ones go on the sides.
8) I purchased these decals to finish the helmet: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Michigan-Wolverines-2016-Mini-Football-Helmet-D…