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  • footrat
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    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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  • NFD-Firefighter
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    was there supposed to be a picture there?

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  • len1582
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    [QUOTE=footrat;1278259]


    My helmet being X-rayed.


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

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  • Jonnee
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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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  • footrat
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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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  • CaptOldTimer
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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.

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  • footrat
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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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  • footrat
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    My Houston, not too long after the last refinish. I basically just cleaned it and sprayed over all the other paint/crud.




    My helmet being X-rayed.

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  • NFD-Firefighter
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    Really nice!

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  • FireInTheShire
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    Those are some nice lids ^

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  • 38SPEC
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    Mid 90s N5A


    1987 N6A


    1995 N5A


    Mid 1990s N6A


    1987 N5A in front - 2008 N5A in rear


    2008 N5A


    All helmets above were either fully refurbished or refinished. All except the 1987 N5A had brand new "old style" brass installed. I do not particularly care for the new style look that Cairns introduced in 1998. Any helmet that comes my way usually come out with a retro look, no matter what year of mfg.

    www.capitalcityfirehelmets.webs.com

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  • NFD-Firefighter
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    Originally posted by hwoods View Post
    I think that's where I'm going, but it will be next week after I get back in town........ This weekend, as always, is busy in Motorsports....... see
    www.eastcoastpullersllc.com
    Sounds good! Have fun! How about one showing off department rigs also?

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  • hwoods
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    Yup............

    Originally posted by NFD-Firefighter View Post
    start another one?
    I think that's where I'm going, but it will be next week after I get back in town........ This weekend, as always, is busy in Motorsports....... see
    www.eastcoastpullersllc.com

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  • NFD-Firefighter
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    Originally posted by hwoods View Post
    Guys..... I don't mean to get this thread off track, but does anyone who has been here a bit remember where we had the Thread about our Personal Vehicles?? It had gotten up to more than a few pages, with everyone posting pics of their ride....... Including the Show Stopper, Gonzo's Mustang.....

    Anyway, I tried the Search thing last night and didn't find it.......
    start another one?

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  • hwoods
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    Yep............

    Originally posted by Miller337 View Post
    This isn't good Chieftain this is the second time I've found you sitting along the road trying to remember something in the last two days.

    Now that's Funny.............

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