DimensionPizza Posted April 3 Share #1 Posted April 3 Before I get into it, I know that there's gonna be a number of people that will disapprove of what I'm doing. They're my helmets and I'm not planning on selling them or trying to pass them off as original paint or anything, or even reenacting with them. I just want nice helmets to go with my uniforms. Anyway, I recently started on a journey to recondition a handful of helmets in my collection, beginning with a Brodie and a Nov. '44 rear seam Schlueter M1 helmet. The Brodie was given to me as a graduation gift by my aunt, whose grandfather (my great) served as coast artillery in California. The M1 is a 497A S stamp shell I got from a vendor mall a couple years ago. I repainted both, pretty much at the same time, using Walmart spray paint and no texture (I was 17 at the time, cut me some slack). The M1 was painted using OD and the Brodie was painted flat black. The OD paint probably would have looked pretty okay if I didn't clear coat it, but alas. Pictured below is the M1 before paint And both after paint. The USAREUR and 529 on the M1 aren't accurate to my grandpa's own helmets but I thought it looked nice. I think the crest on the Brodie is 3rd coast artillery, which was a guess on what my great grandfather was in, and doesn't really look very good up close. Yesterday my fiancee and I began stripping the paint off of both of these helmets to work towards better results. Only supplies included Citri-strip and brass and plastic brushes to remove the paint, and later steel wool. Both helmets on their first round of stripper. Both insides after stripping. The paint on the M1 was much more resilient than the Brodie's. The M1 was still a little wet in this photo, after a pressure wash. Will continue in another post, phone doesn't want to upload any more pictures Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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