Our Process

A look inside at how we do things here at RagTop Industries. Ensuring quality & precision each step of the way, we’ve worked hard over the last ten years to develop and perfect our restoration and customization process. Below is a simple breakdown of the inner workings of the shop: 

Arrival & Inspection

Once your helmet arrives at the shop, it is logged into our system, and a notification is generated for you. After that point, your helmet is unpackaged, pre-restoration pictures are taken, and pre-inspection begins. Our pre-inspection is a 10-point safety inspection encompassing the entire helmet. It focuses on the condition and general protection of the helmet, Grading on a scale of 1-5, with five being in top condition. Clients are notified of any remarkable findings not previously discussed, so if we encounter anything that can't be worked on due to preexisting conditions, we'll immediately bring it to your attention.

Disassembly

In conjunction with your pre-inspection, your helmet is disassembled. Each part is tagged and put into your customer bin, where they will remain for the refurbishment process until final assembly and can be sent back as promised. With the entire helmet disassembled and ready for the next stage, our helmet techs can pass the helmet along further into the restoration process to get your helmet closer to looking as fresh as ever.

Repair & Prep Work

If your helmet is getting repair work firsthand, this stage is meant for you! As the helmet works its way down from being stripped   (if it was getting paint), our techs begin working on laying down epoxy sculpts and fillers in the areas that are being fixed. From general patching to crease filling and wire welding, we bang out all the repair work needed and get that helmet down to our sanding booth. The helmet receives sanded down properly for the techs handling it during paint prep, and all of the excess debris on the helmet is cleared.

Primer

After completing detail prepping, your helmet moves into the primer stage, where HVLP applies the primer in our contaminant-free paint booth. With this primer, the helmet's surface can retain all of the paint used on it after that initial coating sits and dries. This ensures that the multiple helmet coatings are physically set and stick to the helmet's surface without any chipping, flaking, or crinkling. This is quite possibly the most straightforward and most crucial step if the painting process as it would determine the success and capability of the helmet's new coat of paint.

Paint

After a 24-hour dry time, the appropriate amounts of paint are applied over four days through our professional painting process. Each helmet is assigned to a slot on the board to track which coat has been applied, where your helmet is located in the drying room, and who that helmet belongs. Your helmet will get multiple coats, and with each coat applied, a node is marked on the board indicating to our techs which coating was laid down to your helmet.

Final Assembly

At this point, your helmet has finally reached the last step of the restoration/customization process. Once the previous coating of paint has dried thoroughly, we take your helmet out of the booths and set it down on the assembly racks, where a technician will take all of the parts being installed on your helmet and reinstall them. It's relatively simple but gets it moving to be shipped each minute it gets put together. This is where your tets, bourkes, brass, liner, and much more get put back. After that gets wrapped up, our techs can move your helmet to the "Awaiting Payment" rack, all that's left to pay off your invoice and have the helmet shipped!