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 Post subject: How To Fix Gas Masks
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:48 pm 

Joined: Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:06 am
Posts: 35
Location: Paranaque, Philippines
For those who are having problems with their masks!
I finally knew how to fix cracks!
-Possibly be able to fix HOLES... But I haven't tried it yet.

Power Assisted Steering Fluid (PASF)
Clothing Iron

Fixing cracked, aging and deteriorating rubber is relatively easy!

To fix a cracked rubber - Brush PASF on the location of the crack (do not over treat it), Set it aside to dry.
-PASF will recondition any rubber, restoring the necessary amount of moisture needed by the rubber to perform it's purpose

You will notice the rubber will turn red-ish (don't worry, this is temporary) and abit sticky.
-yes, it will get sticky and smell like new rubber. BECAUSE IT IS LIKE NEW!!! Very Happy

When the PASF is absorbed (it will take about 30-40 mins) turn on the clothing iron and set it to the hottest setting
-This is the curing process...

When the clothing iron is hot, put it over the cracks (make sure the cracks do not get stretched while it's in the process of curing) give it a break between 10-15 seconds and do this FOUR times per session.
-if you do not give it a break, the rubber will burn!

After this, rub PASF on the area where it was ironed
-doing so will restore the burnt necessary/required amount of moisture

If you feel the need to run another session, don't be afraid! Do it! Repeat all the procedures from the beginning.
-Ofcourse, don't over do it...

This will burn the rubber unfortunately - making it yellowish on the area of repair
-Only white masks will have such problem.

Cleaning the rubber is also easy!

Pour very little amount of PASF on a piece of cloth (Preferably white) and rub it over the areas you want to be cleaned
-make sure the amount of PASF isn't enough to make the whole cloth red

Set it aside and notice it's sticky - it's sticky because the rubber is almost as if it's new!
-Rubber aging cannot be cleaned off unfortunately... Just dirt or marks

Reconditioning the mask!

If your mask has a helmet type harness, you will need a mannequin head or LOTS AND LOTS of clothing (or just blanket)
-Have the mannequin wear the mask or stuff the clothing in the mask

Pour PASF on a piece of cloth, not enough to drench the cloth
-You can use paintbrush instead and wipe off excess PASF

Do not over treat your mask with PASF, rub or apply just the right amount (PASF should NEVER drip)
-over treating rubber with PASF will make it very VERY soft and weak as rubber absorbs PASF

When you are finished reconditioning the mask (what I do is I apply PASF all over the mask - fully reconditioned), set it aside to dry
-Notice, again, it will get sticky.

This is how I take care of my masks for awhile and haven't seen any problem with my methods.
I keep them in areas away from oils, dusts and other particles or elements that might be a danger to rubber.
Away from hot vents or very cold surfaces, on a display table or simply lying on the table.
Hope this helps!

It is I... Not "U"!

Last edited by OldBrownShoe on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:27 pm, edited 1 time in total

 Post subject: Re: How To Fix Latex
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:21 pm 

Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:19 am
Posts: 2785
Gasmasks are not latex, theyre butyl rubber. Latex doesnt protect against chemical agents!

Честь полка - моя честь. Слава полка - моя слава

 Post subject: Re: How To Fix Latex
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:51 am 

Joined: Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:48 pm
Posts: 827
Location: Norway
Quite a guide, with lots of work behind it, I see.

But in the end... Butyl is the only rubber that fits for gas mask usage. Or C4 blowing things up usage...

- - - They call me Tovarich Slon - - -


 Post subject: Re: How To Fix Latex
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:24 pm 

Joined: Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:06 am
Posts: 35
Location: Paranaque, Philippines
My mistake... Correcting... Very Happy

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