Jump to content
BILL THE PATCH

RESTORING A M1 HELMET UPDATE

Recommended Posts

WELL HERE IS THE McCORD HELMET I RESTORED LINER CAME OUT WELL ALSO. I'LL LET FORUM MEMEBERS DECIDE. LET ME KNOWpost-11207-1286815849.jpg


donation2016.gif

donation2017.gif

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The color looks good. What paint did you use? You have the right idea on the cork. This is not to be critical, but the pieces you used are too big. When I cork my helmets I used fine grain model railroad ballast. It is just fine ground up cork. I then take some sand paper to in to flatten some of the Sharp edges and knock off loose pieces before I apply a final coat of paint.

 

 

 

I used an original helmet as a guide.


donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gif

donation2010.gifdonation2011.gifdonation2012.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The color looks good. What paint did you use? You have the right idea on the cork. This is not to be critical, but the pieces you used are too big. When I cork my helmets I used fine grain model railroad ballast. It is just fine ground up cork. I then take some sand paper to in to flatten some of the Sharp edges and knock off loose pieces before I apply a final coat of paint.

 

 

 

I used an original helmet as a guide.

I USE CORK BOUGHT RIGHT FROM J MURRAY INC, THEY SPECIALIZE IN RESTORING WW2 HELMETS. I DID NOT USE SAND PAPER AS OF YET CAN YOU SHOOT ME A PIC OF A WW2 ORIGINAL PAINT JOB WITH CLOSEUP'S. THAT WOULD BE A GREAT HELP.


donation2016.gif

donation2017.gif

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Bill,

Do what I did, go to Wal-Mart, in housewares get a cheese gratter that has the small holes,then right around there

close by should be a small plastic package with 6,I think called, wine bottle corks,then hunt up the salt shakers and grab one of those. Then go over to hardware and get a can of the Krylon Camo green. All of this together might

cost you $20 bucks. When you get it home start gratting the corks over a piece of newspaper. You'll be surprised

just how much cork will be produced from just one of those corks. Put the cork in the shaker, spray the helmet

and start sprinkling the cork. By going this route you won't have to worry about using up all your J Murray cork

and you can really start putting it on thick. You'll need it on thick account some will come off when you do the

sanding. I used a fine grit, I can't remember just how fine and I don't have any left that I can go and check. Others

might have some ideas but this worked for me.


donation2010.gifdonation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bill...the cork needs to be in with rather than on the paint, if that makes sense? I used the correct OD paint and cork supplied by a British company. The paint is brush-applied, not sprayed. Because it's a thick-ish liquid, the cork is mixed in with it before painting. Then, a second coat of just paint is added over the paint-cork mixture which seals it in. Finally, it's oven-baked for about 15 mins to harden/cure it. It's not as easy to achieve the correct effect as it seems, as you've no doubt found!?

 

Ian :thumbsup:


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

donation2010.gif

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i did use a old spice plastic bottle, ( not the smelly stuff) i bought a correct od green paint striaght from murray. i think i should sand the paint a little without taking to much off is that right?. when i get home i will apply some more cork. then sand a little then bake until done ( 15 mins) right? still would like to see a pic of a unissued ww2 helmet with closeups if anyone can help with that. i would like a refrence pic to go by. thnaks for all the postive comments and replies


donation2016.gif

donation2017.gif

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a couple of mint WW2 M1s which I'd be happy to photograph for you..unless another forum-er gets in first!

 

Ian ;)


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

donation2010.gif

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
i did use a old spice plastic bottle, ( not the smelly stuff) i bought a correct od green paint striaght from murray. i think i should sand the paint a little without taking to much off is that right?. when i get home i will apply some more cork. then sand a little then bake until done ( 15 mins) right? still would like to see a pic of a unissued ww2 helmet with closeups if anyone can help with that. i would like a refrence pic to go by. thnaks for all the postive comments and replies

 

 

What do you mean by bake?


T.S. Akers, MA

Always looking for US Army and Air Force General Officer uniforms and hats.
http://gouniforms.blogspot.com/

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

donation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What do you mean by bake?

one response to this post was to bake in over for 15 min to cure faster. that's the first time i ever heard that.


donation2016.gif

donation2017.gif

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here you go Bill. This is a close up of an unissued WW2 M1...should give you an idea of the grain and distribution of the cork.

 

 

 

post-8022-1286827355.jpg

 

 

Ian :thumbsup:


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

donation2010.gif

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What do you mean by bake?

 

 

The recommended method of the company from whom I obtained the cork/paint was that, on completion of the paint job, the shell should be baked in a low oven for about 15 minutes. This serves to harden/cure the paint and produces a more resiliant finish. It works.

 

Sabrejet


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

donation2010.gif

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The recommended method of the company from whom I obtained the cork/paint was that, on completion of the paint job, the shell should be baked in a low oven for about 15 minutes. This serves to harden/cure the paint and produces a more resiliant finish. It works.

 

Sabrejet

 

 

When you say low, what is the suggested temp?


T.S. Akers, MA

Always looking for US Army and Air Force General Officer uniforms and hats.
http://gouniforms.blogspot.com/

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

donation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
When you say low, what is the suggested temp?

 

150-200 I think....baste lightly every 3 minutes!

 

Sabrejet ;)


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

donation2010.gif

donation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm don't mean to rain on any parades but I would get some opinions before putting a helmet in the family oven.

I've read in other threads about possible flame ups and also leaving a paint smell in the oven. I think somewhere

on At The Fronts website it's discussed and if not there it's around somewhere because I remember reading it and

they were discussing that a regular oven is not made for attaining the heat that needs to be applied to a steel helmet.


donation2010.gifdonation2011.gifdonation2012.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It probably has to do with the way that it was applied. If I spray painted a helmet, I probably wouldn't want to put it in the oven. But in a brush on application, I would assume there would be less of an issue with combustion or paint smell.


donation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gif

donation2016.gifdonation2017.gif

INTERESTED IN WWII ITEMS RELATED TO THE

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.