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Posted by Michaelson from on November 27, 1998 at 12:09:42:

In Reply to: Re: NO HAIRSPRAY???? posted by Michaelson on November 25, 1998 at 16:01:52:

: : If you are having difficulty keeping your brim exactly the way you want it, you should use STEAM. Get the brim DAMP, not WET with steam and shape the hat to your liking. To keep the tilt of the brim, always place your fedora on the crown when you are not wearing it. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use hairspray on your Stetson temple. The fur felt WILL NOT respond well; it could fade the die and possibly ruin the cohesiveness of the bond between the fur fibers. I am speaking from experience here. The old hairspray remedy may work on WOOL hats but not the material in the fedora that you purchased.
: : Don't ruin your investment Regards,
: : Groo

: Sorry, Groo, I don't agree with you here. The trick is to use a piece of paper to screen off or block the ribbon and crown from the spray. Use a very light over spray on the brim AFTER using the wetting and natural drying application as described. The trick here is a light overspray, not a direct soaking like you see them do to Stetson cowboy hats. Not unless you want it to turn into a hardhat. Just a light and quick overspray from a distance of about 8 to 10 inches while blocking the ribbon and crown with your paper or cardboard, then allow that to naturally dry at room temperature. I've used this technique for years on virtually every fur felt fedora I've ever owned, and have had absolutely NO problem with the fur felt, and that includes three Stetsons that were the predecessor model of your Temple. Regards. Michaelson

Oh, I also didn't want to take credit for this technique. This was what was suggested to me about 14 years ago by a J. B. Stetson co. customer services rep. when I was having the exact same problem with my very first official Stetson Temple of Doom fur felt fedora. I called them in St. Jo, and I'll have to say, Stetson folks are about the friendliest hat factory people I've come across to be such a big company. This technique has worked everytime to date. They know their business, I'll say that! Regards. Michaelson

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