While scratching off several layers of lacquer from a late war helmet liner, I uncovered a name, which was a pleasant surprise.
However, as I was planning on restoring and repainting the helmet, I'm not quite sure on how I should proceed.
I'm thinking about saving the name as it's a cool detail, but I could use some tips on how to do it. Should I mask the name and areas of paint between the letters? What do I do if the color isn't the same? I'm using Fosco army paint (Olive drab) which should be a match.
This liner also needs a new A-washer, which is on its way. I ordered a special tool to set the rivets as well, but as I'm new to this, I could also use some advice on how to set the rivet properly. I already drilled out the old rivet which went smoothly. I'm guessing that the tool will need to be punched with a hammer to set the rivet in place.
Also, would there be a way to repair the cracks in the liner? Or can I at least prevent them from expanding?
Thanks in advance