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    Cool New Leather Helmet

    Just purchased a brand new N6A Sam Houston. Looking for ways on how to soften the sides in order to get the bend that I want. Thanks guys

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    From what I have read on here, hot water...

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    go in the belly of the beast and fight what everyone else fears?

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    some say shape it rght after a hot fire, I can think of better things to do after a job.

    if your hell bent on shaping it, it may sound mickey mouse, but A: take all the plastic off and put it in the oven at about 250-300 for 5 minutes and shape it

    or B: do some live burns and shape it when you get out.

    on a cairns its hard to "soften" the leather because of the resin, but this should get you what you want without soaking the leather

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    I used the hot water method and it worked great on my helmet.

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    [QUOTE=LeatherHed4Life;1079873] if your hell bent on shaping it, it may sound mickey mouse, but A: take all the plastic off and put it in the oven at about 250-300 for 5 minutes and shape it




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    use a blow dryer this method works the best, but dont bend it to fast or it will crack and youll have to repaint it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAFirefighter5 View Post
    use a blow dryer this method works the best, but dont bend it to fast or it will crack and youll have to repaint it.
    this works the best? have you done this personally?
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    How about not shaping it at all because not only crack the paint beyond repair, but it will also void the factory warranty?
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    Question Cairns N6A

    I understand that the Pre MSA Cairns are much better made, does anyone know if they are still NFPA complaint.What year should I be searching for. I understand before 2001 or 2000. I have heard and witnessed to many new MSA made Cains having the paint problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeatherHed4Life View Post
    some say shape it rght after a hot fire, I can think of better things to do after a job.

    if your hell bent on shaping it, it may sound mickey mouse, but A:take all the plastic off and put it in the oven at about 250-300 for 5 minutes and shape it

    or B: do some live burns and shape it when you get out.

    on a cairns its hard to "soften" the leather because of the resin, but this should get you what you want without soaking the leather
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    How about you wear the helmet the way it is and earn any dings, dents, bends or whatever by having them happen from working. I find bending, torching, and other ways of changing a leather helmet stupid beyond belief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    I nominate this for about the dumbest advice I have ever seen on this forum.
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