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Kreigsmarine M35 - Before & After Post War Paint Removal

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    Default Re: Kreigsmarine M35 - Before & After Post War Paint Removal

    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Schwerpunkt, I believe your statement to be true regarding this helmet.
    Maybe it was the original overpaint. The thing with this example is the
    paint did seem a little too bright, glossy and 'new' looking.

    It's gone now.......... but I still like the way it turned out.

    Rgards, Steve.
    Steve , among helmet collectors original paint stripping is sacrilege. You had better stripped the varnish of the original overpaint , if done well this could have positively affected the worth of the helmet. KM wartime overpaints are rare and much sought after.
    No matter how much you love stripping paint the first thing to do is research your object to see if it's really necessary.

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    Default Re: Kreigsmarine M35 - Before & After Post War Paint Removal

    I will loan you my time machine so you can go back in time, but you'll have to borrow it yesterday.
    Last edited by jws54; 04-22-2010 at 02:26 PM.

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    Default Re: Kreigsmarine M35 - Before & After Post War Paint Removal

    Quote by Schwerpunkt View Post
    I somehow have the feeling that this may very well have been the original overpaint you have stripped.
    A fair share of KM's got an overpaint of blueish gray paint and with the decal kept revealed.
    Perhaps the exterior was coated that gave the impression the paint was new but it looks worn enough to me and the color looks period as well.
    I wouldn't have stripped it.
    Hi all,
    When I bought the helmet, Brian Bell, whom I bought it from, said he thought the paint was post-war, I was and am of the opinion that he knows a lot more about German helmets than I do, so I believed him and stripped the bright blue paint.
    If it was a wartime applied coat, then it's way too late to worry about it, it looked awful and I am very pleased with the way it is now.
    Being positive, I have exposed the 'original' paint complete with partial camouflage, way more desirable in my eyes.
    Years after I stripped it, I did notice a very similar coloured example in Thomas Kibler's first book on German helmets, then I started to wonder...but as I said, way too late to worry.


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