The story I've been told is, my grandfather served in WW2 and brought home a Luftwaffe Stahlhelm. Sadly he passed away about 20 years ago and my grandmother decided to allow a friend of the family to "clean it up" with a new coat of paint to hide the scratches, scrapes, and dings, thus producing the below result. I found it about 2 months ago while helping my grandmother clean some stuff out of her basement. I was excited, but then also shocked to see such a thing done. So, ultimately my question is, is there any way to remove the "fake" paint while preserving the original coat beneath. If it's not possible, maybe it'd be worth it to get it back to bear bones and add a kelley's paint coat to it?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!