I just finished watching an episode of 'American Restoration' where Rick took a beat and battered Vietnam era helicopter gunners helmet complete with period graffiti and completely ruined it by stripping and repainting it.
Yes, I know this is an old episode but we are behind the times ( or I am ) over in Australia with this series and I feel sick watching what they did. The owner was doing it for his 84 yr old grandfather whose helmet it was in 'nam - that's cool but granddad's gonna twig that it's really not his helmet anymore, surely?
To cap it off he charged the customer $1800 to do this to it and to put the 'missing parts' back on it, therefore making it into a new item and destroying any mojo or history it once had. I mean, he even got a sign writer to trace the original soldier graffiti before sandblasting it off and then repainting it .........what the??? Thats just obscene!
Sorry, rant over - just had to vent!