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WWI German Helmet Paint Colour

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16 hours ago, Jools mckenna said:

I used  BS 278 spray paint

Interesting. BS381C 278 Light Olive Green doesn't look like a bad approximation of the so-called 'apple green' colour seen on some M16's and pre-war M35's.

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Gunner Bailey

Question for the experts.

 

Were the WW1 German helmets hand painted or spray painted?

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peregrinvs

Further developments... I have taken it out of the citric acid bath.

 

The exact details are that I took it out of the acid solution, washed and scrubbed it in some soapy water, dried it with an old cloth and then put it out in the sunshine. Due to the current heatwave, most of the water evaporated before much flash rusting could occur. When it was dry I buffed it with some wire wool and then wiped it over with white spirit.

 

M16 helmet - post acid clean (1).JPG

M16 helmet - post acid clean (2).JPG

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peregrinvs

When the white spirit has dried, I gave it a good slathering in Kurust to stabilise and seal the metal. As you can see, it turns the metal a dark blue-black colour.

 

M16 Helmet - after Kurust treatment (1).JPG

M16 Helmet - after Kurust treatment (2).JPG

M16 Helmet - after Kurust treatment (3).JPG

M16 Helmet - after Kurust treatment (4).JPG

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peregrinvs

Unfortunately the metal was less solid than I initially thought and a number of holes appeared in the crown and by the right hand chinstrap post as I cleaned it. Not that big a deal though as it merely meant there was more filling to do with metal epoxy than I initially thought. It's incredibly strong stuff and can be filed like metal when it's dry.

 

M16 helmet - holes filled with metal epoxy (1).JPG

M16 helmet - holes filled with metal epoxy (2).JPG

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