Los Angeles Rams Helmet History | Custom Refurbished Rams Helmet

The Rams have always had one of the more unique and great helmet logos in the history of sports. It makes sense, considering they were actually the first NFL team to include a logo on their helmet all the way back in 1948 when they added hand painted horns to their leather helmets. The team, that originally started out in Cleveland Ohio, has moved several times, but they have stayed true to their past by always including the legendary Rams horns in all of their uniform changes.

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Original Rams hand painted leather helmet design. (1948) Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

The Rams have also kept their familiar blue and gold color scheme for most of their history. The lone outlier being their red helmet and more natural rams horns in 1949. The red color scheme was a throwback to their first year in Cleveland which featured a red leather helmet.

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Rams 1949 Red Helmet Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

The Rams would come to their senses the next season and return to the more familiar Yellow and blue throughout the 1950s and early 60s.

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Rams Helmet 1950-1963 Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

The Rams would also use a Blue and white design for several years in the 60s. This look was most famously adorned by the great Deacon Jones.

Rams Blue And White Helmet  1964-1972 Source: http://www.sportslogos.net

Rams Blue And White Helmet 1964-1972 Source: http://www.sportslogos.net

The Rams would once again switch back to the blue and yellow design for the 1973 season and where it through their move to St. louis and their 1999 Super bowl Championship.

Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 1973-1999 Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 1973-1999 Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

After “The Greatest Show On Turf” won their championship the Rams decided it was time for a fresh look and went to a darker blue and Vegas gold horns.

Rams Helmet 2000-Present Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

Rams Helmet 2000-Present Source: http://www.sportslogos.net/

My Custom Rams Helmet

When it came time for me to make my custom refurbished Rams helmet I was torn between going with the current navy and Vegas gold model or the classic yellow and royal version. In keeping with making all of the current helmets first I decided to go with the latter. The first step for this helmet was finding the matching paint. I already had dealt with navy blue when I made my broncos helmet, but I was looking for a more metallic navy blue for the Rams shell. Since then I have learned a new technique for making any paint metallic, but at the time I was still learning. Instead of going the traditional enamel paint route I decided to check out the options at my local Pep boys. Pep Boys and most other auto part stores have a wide selection of “perfect match” paints for every make and model car you can think of, which means there are plenty of colors to choose from. Most of these have a metallic finish, so they are perfect for painting a helmet. The only problem with the Perfect Match paints is the fact that they are a lacquer which can make some things tricky due to the paint’s curing process. This means it is not recommended that you use an enamel primer. It also makes clear coating a little bit tricky as well. Overall, though, a lacquer can give you great coverage and a professional looking surface.

I decided to go with the Perfect Match True Blue. It is listed as a Ford color, but that is obviously irrelevant to my application. The other downside is that these paints generally come in a smaller can and are more expensive, which can lead to doubling the price of paint supplies.

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True Blue "Perfect Match"

True Blue “Perfect Match”

After painting with this paint, I waited a week or two before applying the clear coat.  Because it is a lacquer you could technically just wet sand and polish, but I decided to go with clear coat anyhow. After the clear coat was fully cured, I went ahead and wet sanded and polished.

Finally it was time for decal placement. The Rams have one of the more advanced decals when it comes to application. The trick is to make sure the horns wrap around in the correct way. The amount they will wrap around the ear hole will depend on the size and style of helmet, which is why you see many different styles on the Rams on-field helmets. Many of the newer model helmets also require some cutting of the decals as well. Because I use older helmets I did not have to worry as much about that and overall I was happy with my decal placement. Hopefully the Rams will be switching back to their more traditional colors and I will definitely be revisiting them soon with an attempt at a custom yellow and royal blue helmet soon! See my results below:

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