they must have run out of tinfoil mate.
Whatever its just an opinion.
Looks to have been painted khaki green inside, making it an early one.
that was to reflect the desert sun.lol
or it was originally for the wizard of oz for the Tin man?
It is a shame as you said,perhaps there was a distinct reason for it to have been painted silver, I have a MK 4 that was painted silver under many layers of Khaki vehicle paint, though why I cannot fathom, apart from the silver it looks in great condition and a possible candidate for gentle restoration
I have shown it to a couple of collectors, none think I would be able to get the paint off without removing the rough finish beneath.
I have a couple of cans of the proper colour spray paint, as it is made for a fellow north of me, I may just spray over it, or sell it as it is.
Thanks for the comments!!
Hi Dean now that's enough to bring a tear to ones eye if you are contemplating painting it try a little acetone first on a Q-tip around the edge of the rim and see if the silver paint will lift with out ruining the textured finish IMO you have nothing to lose and dependent on what type of paint was used and the age it may lift .
Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.
Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!
Was painted silver to keep the aliens from reading your mind.