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Oiling Your Helmets & Other Helmet Preservation Misconceptions


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Looking at the glossy look in the photos it was either oil or shellac. Either way, doing anymore would be a bad idea. My suggestion is still leave it alone. Your climate controlled home is the simplest and best thing for it.

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Looking at the glossy look in the photos it was either oil or shellac. Either way, doing anymore would be a bad idea. My suggestion is still leave it alone. Your climate controlled home is the simplest and best thing for it.

I appreciate your viewpoint, but the perception of the shell having a glossy exterior is more of a byproduct of the photography for when viewing in person it doesnt come off that way. But yes there is evidence of something that was sprayed and ran down the sides in drips. Thanks for the comments.

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Would an application or two of wax be a bad thing? Johnson's Paste Wax, Renaissance wax, a good quality auto wax (the more pure waxes, not the stuff with silicone and abrasives).

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47 minutes ago, Unicorn said:

Would an application or two of wax be a bad thing? Johnson's Paste Wax, Renaissance wax, a good quality auto wax (the more pure waxes, not the stuff with silicone and abrasives).

Short answer: No

Long answer: Nooooooooo

 

Seriously, all of these car waxes are petroleum based. Great for automotive finishes, but death to aged flat cork and sawdust finishes. 

 

The broken record on this is: "Doing less is best, doing nothing is even better." These helmets have lasted for upwards of a century without our help. They will last another 100 years if we leave them alone.

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