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    Another guy's New Yorker I refinished, before. It needed a lot of JB Weld and love.




    Another view.




    And after. Two coats primer, two coats flat black.




    And then he traded that New Yorker for a smaller one:




    And after. I sanded the entire thing back to leather or smooth primer. Two coats primer, a coat of flat black Krylon, a coat of brush-on flat black enamel, sanded the brush strokes, then a coat of low-gloss black engine block ceramic enamel spray.



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    I didn't see anything wrong with the helmet(s) before you took the job off of it and painted to look like a parade helmet.

    They were never meant to look glossy.
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    My helmet and the first New Yorker I posted both got refinished due to missing paint. Enough so that the bare leather was starting to take a beating. That's the only reason I refinish mine, is when enough paint is gone to make it worth it. When I stripped the first New Yorker, I did something new, and I followed the advice of the masses here and used Citristrip. Bad move. Not only did it not get all the finish off, it made new cracks appear and made old cracks huge. It dried out the leather BADLY. Many of the cracks needed repair anyways, so it wasn't a huge deal, but it made the refinish process that much harder. The only reason I took it to bare leather was because of the cracks, so I was planning on fixing some, but not that many. That helmet had been hit by a 3,000 lb. concrete slab falling from a second story, so it needed some TLC.

    The yellow one came from another department that uses yellow helmets. We don't. When I peeled the tetrahedrons off, a couple took paint with them, and combined with the other little chips and dings, I just went ahead and sanded it to bare leather.

    I like a helmet that looks like it's been used. But these things cost too much to be replacing every couple years with the amount of fire our department sees. They need to be refinished every so often simply to protect and repair the leather, not to look pretty. If I can make them look pretty for a couple shifts before they get beaten up again, I'll do it.

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    I have always washed my helmet(s) off, after a job, not scrub it, but to wash it off to get the crud off. Never have I stripped and painited one.

    They look pretty good.

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    [QUOTE=footrat;1278259]


    My helmet being X-rayed.


    Was it sick?????????

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    was there supposed to be a picture there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post


    Was it sick?????????
    It was not. We had a fire alarm at a prison. We had fun on the way back out to the engine.

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    check this one out! Be sure to read everything on the page... the seller has no idea what he's talking about!
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Black-Helmet-Cai...item4840f51f81
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    The label says its a 1044!

    Its a pos looks like someone dropped something heavy on it to destroy it.
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    I know!!!! What a moron. Did you see the part where it said just cosmetic issues, but still functional as its original intended purpose? It says that before the product detail thing but right after the pricing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by footrat View Post
    It was not. We had a fire alarm at a prison. We had fun on the way back out to the engine.
    Haha nice

    and as for that "1010" on ebay wow is all i gotta say....

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    Here's a few before and afters:

    N6A Sam Houston





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    N5A New Yorker







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    Before and Afters:


    N6A Sam Houston





    ______________________________ _____________________

    N5A New Yorker







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    Exclamation



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    wow thats very artful

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    My ‎1984 5a with a Bob Stella shield on the left and then a 2008 N5a on the right. I think its time for my 4th Stella front soon. haha

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    sdfd504: Maybe I'm just an old dog and a traditionalist, but the 1984 is a bit too loud for my tastes. We stick with the run of the mill boring stuff...


    Although, I do like old Bugs on it...

    Wear it with pride sir...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinKnight View Post
    sdfd504: Maybe I'm just an old dog and a traditionalist, but the 1984 is a bit too loud for my tastes. We stick with the run of the mill boring stuff...


    Although, I do like old Bugs on it...

    Wear it with pride sir...

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    Thanks and the reason it looks so bright is that it just got refinished with a new coat of paint after my promotion lol It used to be a dull black and I can't wait to catch a fire to get it smoked up again lol

    And thanks for the compliment on the bugs. It has a story behind him being on there but that might be for another day. hah

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    aww come on lets here the story on Bugs....i am curious now lol

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    Hahaha ok. Well the reasoning behind the bugs being on the front is I was passed up for promotion several times due to me and the captain not being on very good terms due to some past things and he has the say so on who gets promoted at the station. After his two picks didn't pan out too well at all he finally decide to promote me since I was the most qualified in the company but not until I did a few things on his list which were just bs things really. He kept saying that he was dangling the carrot in front of me and if I wanted the promotion I would have to get the carrot. So since I'm a smart a$.$. I decided to get Bob Stella to pain me a new LT font with bugs bunny eating a carrot. It p.i.$.$.ed my captain off and made the rest of the department laugh. Mission accomplished in my book. Haha

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