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OTHER THAN eBAY Hats: Victories, Defeats, Gripes & Items of Interest

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GRIPE! After exhaustive research, I found a problem with this size 7 1/2 hat. Can you spot it?

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Does it take real hat expertise to figure out the size? :mad::mad:
 

wsmontana

Familiar Face
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Montana
Bowen, here is a quick update. I’ve made some progress but definitely have more to do. That ring doesn’t want to go away!

Here is the progression so far — left to right is the original hat, initial steam/shape/brush, and then result after 7 steps shown below:
Well, my niece wants to go with a new hat which is understandable and I’m cool with that. Seems like a good opportunity to start a new hobby and with all the help and encouragement and great folks here I sense it will be a rewarding journey. The skills, equipment, and materials seem to be on par with my fly tying hobby which I really enjoy and it benefits my main passion which is fly fishing. Anyway, deep breath, and step #8:

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ve some grime. Let dry.
2. used the granual cleaner on small stains and on the ring. Used my thumb to grind it in and the hat brush to clear away. All stains pretty much disappeared and ring somewhat blended in.
3. shaped hat using blue bowl inside and large spoon outside. Not easy to do but did reduce the ring bump a bit. I think a hat block could help a lot here! Also flattened brim on edge of counter
4. used foaming spray overall. This brightened the whole hat but did nothing to the ring. Once dried, I used hat sponge and brush overall.
5. repeated step 3. Ring flattened a bit more.
6. very lightly used sanding block and thumb size sand paper selectively on ring. Brushed again. Definitely saw improvement.
7. repeated step 3

Maybe an hour of work to do all of this but it took a good part of a day. I plan to repeat some of these steps but I’m going to let the hat rest for awhile :).

Happy with the latest results — not perfect but a big step forward.

I’ll probably stick with the original hat band but it’s interesting to see how a different one totally changes the vibe of the hat.

Now I need to learn how to sew the sweatband back in :).

Thanks again to everyone who provided tips!

Bill

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Blare

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Happy with the latest results — not perfect but a big step forward.

I’ll probably stick with the original hat band but it’s interesting to see how a different one totally changes the vibe of the hat.

Now I need to learn how to sew the sweatband back in :).

Thanks again to everyone who provided tips!

Bill

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Well done sir. Impressive difference
 

drmaxtejeda

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Mexico City
I just bought this wonderful Russet Optimo from Brent. I have coveted that color for a while now. I think Optimo called the colour Rust, but it may be Cinnamon. It has a yellow liner, and that means it has to be full beaver, and might even be Heirloom Felt, which is silverbelly.
Can't wait to get it. When Ignacio downsizes it, I will ask him to increase the crown height a bit, and reduce the taper. You get 3 mm per size, so I will have a custom Optimo with a 6 mm taller crown. Yeyyy!
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