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No posts in this category, so I thought I would add one. We have seen some great refurbished projects with before and after photos - but they have been scattered throughout the forum. Since these are all display type helmets, I thought I would put the post here.

Here is a helmet that I bought a couple years ago off ebay for the cowcatcher style mask. After removing the mask I thought I would clean up the helmet. The helmet was covered in old masking tape that had become brittle. The tape was painted. Under the tape was gold paint. Under the gold paint is the early MacGregor clear shell that you see.

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Very nice!
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That’s awesome!
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Somebody really desecrated that clear shell before you got your hands on it.  Shame.  But great job on the restoration.  Would you share what products/techniques you used to bring it back?  Obviously lots of elbow grease, no matter what.
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

I recently bought an older nasty looking Rawlings helmet on ebay. It was crudely painted to resemble a Michigan helmet, but I picked it up for a decent price - mainly for the older 1960’s facemask that was on the helmet as well as the Rawlings padding - which included the tough to find Rawlings jawpads.

When I received the helmet, I noticed a spot on the front of the helmet which had some of the “maize and blue” paint worn off. It appeared to look like a clear shell helmet. I removed the padding and noticed stripes and oval logos on the inside of the helmet. I began the tedious work of trying to remove the “michigan” paint from the helmet to see what treasure was underneath the paint. The blue comes off easily but the yellow paint takes forever to try to remove. I haven’t finished it yet, but work on it when I have spare time. I am also removing the paint from the mask which comes off fairly easy. Enjoy the photos below. The first couple are from the ebay listing - where you can see the spot in the front that I referred to above. The helmet is a Rawlings “CSH” - Clear Shell Helmet, from I believe 1972. Will post other photos when I have it stripped.

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A lot of elbow work!  Looking great!  I know I've asked this before, but I need to know what to use on my old college helmet, which was my high school helmet, as well.  It was crudely painted over an ORIGINAL white Wilson.  I want to get back to the white, as that was my high school helmet color (no stripes- just a purple and black "A" decal).  What tools, chemicals do I need?  This is my first effort.  Photos attached.  THANKS in advance...  Eric IMG_2861 (1).jpg  IMG_2865.jpg  IMG_2871.jpg  IMG_2868.jpg 
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Eric:

Not sure what you can use on your helmet - I guess it would depend on the type of paint. I used lacquer thinner on this one. That and a million “recycled” paper towels and a lot of rubbing and time. I am sure that there are other means and methods that are quicker to strip a helmet but that is what I had on hand and it worked great on the blue paint - not so well on the yellow. For this helmet, it is easy because the paint is over a clear shell - not over another color of paint that I want to save. On the clear shell, I can wipe as much as I need to without worrying about removing the paint underneath the paint that I am removing. Lastly, I figured I didn’t have too much to lose as I originally bought the helmet for the mask and padding.


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