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Stabilising a relic M16 helmet with beeswax

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    After Steve (H the M) mentioned he uses beeswax to stabilise relic helmets I thought I’d give it go too and am happy with the result, even though there’s a bit of arm ache involved.

    Below are a few before, in between and after pics of the helmet I bought at a flea market a couple of weeks or so ago.



    The pitting where the liner band once was may suggest it had a M17 liner?

    Thanks for the tip Steve.

    Tony
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    The wax doesn't leave white residue in the rust holes?

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    Quote by Glenn66 View Post
    The wax doesn't leave white residue in the rust holes?
    Mate, I made the wax myself (a mixture of beeswax, turps and linseed oil) and gave it a smooth, creamy texture to avoid making it difficult to rub off residue and also to make it easier to apply. I suppose the size of the rust holes play a role too but this helmet doesn't appear to have been under the ground for a long time if at all, jumping on it and kicking it makes no difference to its appearance so it's a good solid relic.

    It's worth giving it a go in my opinion and it's a good, cleaner alternative to acid but then anyone should obviously stick to the method they prefer.

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    I've been using this method since the 1980's with great success, and I cannot recall ever seeing white residue left in pitting. Sometimes I give a good thick coat and then apply a bit of heat with a blow torch - although that can be a bit risky for obvious reasons! It is also a method used by museums to keep rust at bay. See my relic M40 posted earlier for the results.
    Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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