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M42 Restoration

Article about: I've talked to my dad, and he says I should leave it as is, heck he wants me to strip the paint off and leave it as a relic; and if I want a minty helmet I should buy a replica. What do you

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    I've talked to my dad, and he says I should leave it as is, heck he wants me to strip the paint off and leave it as a relic; and if I want a minty helmet I should buy a replica. What do you lads think? Leave it as is, restore, or carefully remove the paint?

    Nitram

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    Of the options available I'd probably restore it the best I could. Filler etc, rebuild the edges. If you stripped it, it would look something like that M18 in my zombie thread, frankenstein helmet . Some dark grey textured paint and it could look pretty decent.

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    I'd rather spend the money restoring this one than settle for a Chinese Repro, if you strip it back it still wont be a legit Relic as such because it's been messed with, but it's up to you.

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    Mate you've already started, might as well keep going...If you strip it back it's just gunna be a mucked with relic!!

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    I haven't started, I got it in that condition. But I agree with y'all. Going to restore this one. Thanks for your opinions!

    Nitram

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    Gave it a spray of primer today just to test out the paint, it's still drying. Progress!

    Nitram

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    Here we go, primer dried, sanded it off, went abit under it in some areas. Found some old scribbles that were under the paint I got it in. Under those scribbles is a thin layer of primer, and then bare metal. I don't think this lid ever had any other paint on it! If it did, it's long gone!

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    Nitram

    EDIT - Sorry for triple post.

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    Judging by those scribbles, it looks like some kid had fun with that helmet in the back yard!

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    Don't forget you don't want any primer on the areas to be repaired or the filler wont adhere properly, looking good.

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