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Article about: greetings all, I am not a collector per se, but I do have a few small family items. One non family piece I purchased was a ground dug helmet. (just wanted one) I purchased it in 2002 and it

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    greetings all, I am not a collector per se, but I do have a few small family items. One non family piece I purchased was a ground dug helmet. (just wanted one) I purchased it in 2002 and it has sat in a case. From looking at recent threads on here, I am wondering if i should attempt to clean it, or leave as is. You can see there is quite a bit of surviving paint....opinions?



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    An oxaclic acid bath would help it a lot.
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    It depends on what you are hoping to achieve by cleaning. Personally, i would think, as it's a Dug Relic, that since there isn't any real way to restore or do much with it, that I would probably leave it as it is. Otherwise, you will lose the "dug look" and end up with something that's halfway between a Relic and a Rebuild.
    William

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    It looks as if there are very thin points on the helmet, which may , if cleaned with any type of corrosive, become more fragile, that will ruin the look of this piece, its survived this long in its present state therefore i would suggest leaving well alone

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    Ditto - It is a fine looking relic and I too suggest you leave it be.........!
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    Steve.

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    Agree with the above. I have one very similar but did find the tiny particles of rust that fall from inside over time make a mess. This I stopped by giving the inside a light coating of hair spray.

    Mark.

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    Yes, leave as is. A restoration would have to be 90% so not worth it in my opinion. A clear coat would help. You can find a nice restoration piece for around $65-$80.

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    So wait, how much would a shell like that, but worth restoring, be worth before and after restoration (assuming it's done well.)?

    On Topic: I rather like it as it is, I'd say keep it.

    Nitram

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    Leave as it. It tells a story better this way.

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    Quote by vbk76 View Post
    greetings all, I am not a collector per se, but I do have a few small family items. One non family piece I purchased was a ground dug helmet. (just wanted one) I purchased it in 2002 and it has sat in a case. From looking at recent threads on here, I am wondering if i should attempt to clean it, or leave as is. You can see there is quite a bit of surviving paint....opinions?


    It's a Dug Relic and IMMO should be left as it is

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