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Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

Article about: Hi I got this lid which the seller said he got this size 66 M42 from Latvia and the date marker on the rivets shows 1943.It seems that there are some white and red-like paint on the inner si

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    Default Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Hi
    I got this lid which the seller said he got this size 66 M42 from Latvia and the date marker on the rivets shows 1943.It seems that there are some white and red-like paint on the inner side of the shell and liner band but not sure its camo or just kinds of rust.Any advise will be appreciated thanks.
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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Sometimes that people (latvia people, letland, etc....) use oxalic acid to clear the helmet and the shell take strange colours if dont take the rust good.

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Hi lelechera
    Thanks for your information.

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Hi
    Please advice
    Would it be batter to have sandblaster and repaint it or just keep as it stands now?
    Thanks a lot.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Hi Kevin, please no sandblasting.

    There is original paint there both on the outside and inside. It is Luftwaffe blue by the looks of it. What you are seeing as white paint is oxidisation from the alloy liner band.

    Don't repaint this! A treatment with Oxalic acid (search the forum for details) will reveal much more original paint.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    How did you get the rivets out of the shell? /any time i have done that to look at dates ect they have broken with being so brittle!

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Please don't go removing liners: the pins will break. Guys, taking a liner out will devalue a helmet, even a relic.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Hi Kevin,
    You have a nice relic there please do not damage it any further,
    I collect relic helmets also with other military items. A relic has a history of it,s own, even if you dont really know what it is.
    By repainting it you will take any history it has and distroy it,s former glory. I would put back the liner rim, and leave it as is,
    It is up to you, but what i do is get as much info i can on it, ie,
    the place it was found or comes from, and then put the info
    permanatly in the helmet. if ever it leaves your collection it will not be thrown out as junk as then it has some provinence.
    dave.

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Quote by LAS VEGAS View Post
    How did you get the rivets out of the shell? /any time i have done that to look at dates ect they have broken with being so brittle!
    Sorry,I don't know how to remove them either.The Rivets were removed by the previous owner(Maybe the digger),not me.Actually I would like they just keep on the band as Ade said.

    Ade:Is it possible to put the rivets back?Is it too risk?I will try to get the oxalic acid and its instruction to recover the original paint.Hope it will work smoothly, thanks.

    Panzer 3:Thanks for your kind reminding.I will try to get its real story from the previous owner.He proclaimed it's found in Latvia and sold it for around $70 to me.

    Have a great weekend
    Kevin

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    Default Re: Relic M42 with white paint from Latvia

    Hi Kevin, the tabs may well snap off. They were not really designed for folding again and again, plus the fact they have been in the ground for 65 years will have only weakened them further. This is a risk you are going to have to think about. You could insert them but not fold them over. I think I would opt for this.

    A possible alternative would be to buy some new replacements, either real or repro which are available.

    Cheers, Ade.

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