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How to remove paint from helmet?

Article about: I got this navy lid. Fortunately the navy paint itself has yellow, grey, and royal blue in traces. However, it's final layer is navy blue which I love. I bought it 75 total with very bad pic

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    Default How to remove paint from helmet?

    I got this navy lid. Fortunately the navy paint itself has yellow, grey, and royal blue in traces. However, it's final layer is navy blue which I love. I bought it 75 total with very bad pictures and believing it was a Navy lieutenant helmet, the liner and helmet looked to have the ensign in grey. Well I got it today and its silver in color and looks relatively new to the rest of the lid. I scratched the helmet ensign and the paint scraped a bit while the navy paint stayed (small trick I use to help determine age, not definate) but the helmet itself I just can't say 100% it's real, in fact I think the LT bars are recent. So should I lightly scrape the pain off, or is there an easier way? And in your opinion should the bars stay? HELP!!!Click image for larger version. 

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    I think it is supposed to be the rank of Captain, although the 'bars' on the shell are
    too wide. The insignia on the liner is done quite well. ( If you scrape off the white
    rank, there will always be a mark showing - better to go over it with matching
    colour, blending it in with the base coat OD paint ).........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    nice find ,i wouldnt scrape off the paint though it would be to laborious,and might possibly damage the paint you want to get to ,

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    if you really want to remove it use nail polish remover but in small amounts using cotton buds Ive done this way before & had good results & by the looks of the paint i wouldn't take long to remove it this way.

    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/us-m1-...ed-band-28092/

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    great advice nick ,i wasnt entirely sure what to suggest

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    ive used thinners before. but try a little bit on a cotton tip first.

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    Thanks guys. I'm gonna use the nail polish remover first to see if it works, and I have that on hand.

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    i think nail polish remover will be much the same as thinners just not as strong. but that could be a good. hope it works.

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    Actually it worked surprisingly well. I still want to run some steel wool over where the emblem was so it looks to be a little more natural to the wear than a square. It did exposť some of the previous battleship grey but if I even it out it should look pretty good. Click image for larger version. 

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    Forgot to fix pictures. Sorry for breaking your necks guys.

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