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Scott8030
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Post Posted: 04/07/17 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've burned my head on the metal part of the button after taking the hat out of the oven. I wish I could say it has only happened once, but that would be a lie.
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Post Posted: 07/06/17 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Heads up to anyone thinking about using the oven method on MUSA w/imported materials caps: they seem to be especially susceptible to having the buckram separate from the crown's polyester. I never had that problem with the 20+ poly caps I'd put in the oven previously but the first two imported materials caps I tried ended up with this issue. It's rather severe on the first (10 minutes at 300; my standard time and temp on all earlier caps) and less so on the second since I put it in for less time in an effort to avoid the problem (7 minutes at 300).

My latest imported materials pickup also needed shrinking. Decided to put this one in for less time (5 minutes) and I started it while the oven was still heating (was around 200 initially but reached 300 within a minute or two). This seemed to help: the cap shrank somewhat, though probably not as much as it would at 300 for 10 minutes, and there was no buckram separation. Perhaps these imported materials caps and their crappy buckram need multiple shorter/cooler sessions rather than a single full-length/full-heat session.
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Post Posted: 10/20/18 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Follow-up to my last post: MUSA w/IM poly caps seem to need less time to shrink (6 minutes can work) and poly separation from the buckram continues to be a problem for me. That separation can be solved however by immediately steaming the cap after baking, throwing it on a Nu-cap and ironing the crown where separation has occurred. Unfortunately, this can give the crown a Chino look. Will experiment and report back whether further steaming and/or blow-drying fixes that side effect.
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Post Posted: 10/22/18 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Slightly different angle and lighting but I think the improved crown comes through in the second photo. The slight hourglass curves on the sides of the crown are the tell; they're not as pronounced as they are on the best MUSA's but it does at least lose the bulbous Chino style crown it initially had after my early surgery. You also get more of the front and center crown 'point' when you look directly at the cap on your head in a mirror. It doesn't fit exactly like a typical MUSA w/IM 7 1/2 but rather more like a Cool Base with a slightly higher crown. So it definitely feels a bit different but I got pretty used to wearing it while working on it these past few days.

Several sessions with a blowdryer followed by pinching in the bottom corners of the crown, a few steamings and finally the moisture/heat from a 5 mile hike up and down a small mountain were my tools.



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