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Nov 16, 2019 - 10:09:16 AM
52869 posts since 12/14/2005

The title says it all.
I have a felt hat which was DESIGNED to be floppy, but I would prefer it to hold a specific shape.

Is there some product which will stiffen a felt hat, and not wash away in the rain?

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:23:07 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

44808 posts since 10/5/2013
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Mike, see your loco/local mad hatter....

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:05:32 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

12936 posts since 9/27/2007

Mike. I got this! A guy gave me an expensive Stetson hat that somebody sat on. Turned out like new.

If it needs to be reshaped steam it over a kettle. Set it down & use whatever you have to prop it up how you like it.

You can use string to hold the brim how you like it too. Try not to get it too wet.

Buy a can of non scented hair spray & spray all over the outside. It will stay like that.

You get the added bonus that it's really waterproof too!

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:30:30 AM
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101 posts since 3/25/2016

Mike,

As an old cowboy with long years under good hats (and some in the early days not so good), I can agree with bubbalouie above. Your tea kettle will provide appropriate steam (or you may wear the hat in the shower--don't get it TOO wet) for shaping of the brim or folding the
crown. The steamed hat will likely be slightly stiffer than previously. Some folks have sprayed the exterior of the hat with spray-type adhesive (try an art-supply store) to provide some extra stiffening. And chuck97 is right, too: see your local hatter!

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:46:58 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15864 posts since 6/5/2008

Steam it and block it until it dries.
I'd go for spray cans of clear polyurethane varnish.

I have stiffened blanket material with wood-worker's white glue for mask-making.
A little too much for this project.

Nov 16, 2019 - 1:00:47 PM

mander

USA

3871 posts since 10/7/2007

My sister makes felt hats, and she would probably spend an hour telling you the entire process, and then... tell you to buy a different hat. The trouble is not all felts are made equally. Unless you know the felt, you have no idea how it will respond to blocking.

Nov 16, 2019 - 1:34:52 PM
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Paul R

Canada

11876 posts since 1/28/2010

The Hatter in Toronto can fix hats - they've done mine. They've been in business since 1936. http://thehatter.ca/
Maybe a dying breed, but I'm sure there may be a similar place in your general area. I'd sooner go to a professional and get it done right. And help keep a specialized business alive.

Nov 16, 2019 - 1:41:28 PM
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52869 posts since 12/14/2005

I really FELT happy to see all your replies.

There IS a Hat Specialist in Milwaukee, a mere 25 miles away.
But, since I got the hat for $1.99 at Goodwill, I'm going to treat it myself.
It's not THAT great a hat.
I just happen to have a can of clear spray on varnish, left over from another project.

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:20:57 PM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6593 posts since 2/21/2007

Hey Paul, I have bought several of my too many hats at The Hatter on Avenue Rd.
I've bought a few at Chafe & Sons Ltd. on Water Street in St. John's NL as well.


Edited by - Jim Yates on 11/16/2019 22:29:48

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:49:48 PM
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RV6

USA

1262 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

The title says it all.
I have a felt hat which was DESIGNED to be floppy, but I would prefer it to hold a specific shape.

Is there some product which will stiffen a felt hat, and not wash away in the rain?


You are Mike (Sonova Beach!) Gregory for cryin' out loud!   Even I can figure out a fix for your hat problem.

It involves shish kabob skewers', cut to various lengths and glued with epoxy, radially, around the brim.

Sheesh.

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:18:52 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12936 posts since 9/27/2007

RV6 You got that right! I pictured a nice top hat that needed restoration!
If we knew it was a 2 dollar hobo hat I would have recommended to use up some old house paint!
A thin coat on the inside before setting out will help to keep it secure on a windy day! /s

Edited by - bubbalouie on 11/17/2019 16:19:40

Nov 17, 2019 - 9:08:31 PM
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Paul R

Canada

11876 posts since 1/28/2010

Sure, Bob.
Epoxy upon the little fellow!

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:43:29 AM

2287 posts since 4/29/2012

I think we should see a photo of this floppy hat in-situ. Floppiness is in the eye of the beholder.

Edited by - AndrewD on 11/18/2019 00:43:50

Nov 18, 2019 - 4:34:30 AM
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999 posts since 2/4/2013

Tie a few helium balloons to the hat. That will keep it up and attract many compliments when walking around town.

Nov 18, 2019 - 10:44:15 AM
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Owen

Canada

4409 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

I think we should see a photo of this floppy hat in-situ. Floppiness is in the eye of the beholder.


...yes, indeedy:

Image result for floppy brimmed lady's hat

Nov 18, 2019 - 10:46:33 AM

52869 posts since 12/14/2005

What the heck, I'll just buy a fedora.
From a costume shop, since the REAL ones at the Brass Rooster go for $500!

Nov 18, 2019 - 10:48:05 AM
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52869 posts since 12/14/2005

The WEIGHT of that hat done squnched her eyeballs right outen her HEAD!!

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