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#1 Erwin Landau

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 02:52 AM

Vest maintenance...
I had washed the pads of my DSD/Klassen Harness a couple of times to get rid of the white salty sweat stains, but the main result was, exept of getting rid of the stains, it also got rid of the color. My pads are now pail gray.
They don't pick up odor at all, not sure if that is the result of the special foam they are using, they don't smell bad.
Anyhow... I found that the easiest and quickest way to get rid of the stains is to take the pads out (if you want you can also leave them in place) and use a shoe brush (or any brush with harder brisels) to get rid of the stains, works like a charme. It looks like freshly washed exept for the "fresh tide smell"...

Just a heads up.
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#2 guillermo nespolo

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 01:25 PM

erwin u can start a new line of steadicam cleanig products....and build a impire just like marta stuart
:D :D :D :D :D :D

my vest realy smells...it think the only product that can remobe that its napalm :blink: :blink: :blink: :blink:
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#3 Afton Grant

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 09:37 AM

Just purchased a used Master Series Vest circa 1999. I know the pads are machine washable, but I'm wondering what the specifics are. Wash temp? Rinse Temp? Air or machine dry? Is handwashing preferred? Is detergent ok? Or, is it like a martial arts belt that should never be washed no matter what, just out of principle?

Thanks!
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#4 Erwin Landau

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:18 AM

I can't remember how the Master series Vest pads are put together.
I washed and cleaned my former PRO as well as my current Klassen Vest on a regular bases (more or less, if it starts to smell, wash it... or not... it keeps the director away from the rig...).

Take the covers of the pads and wash'em on gentle, depending on odor you have to wash them on hot. Stick the foam into the freezer over night (put it in a plastic bag, kills bacteria and odor). When you wash the pad covers, look out for the Velcro, cover them with female velcro or put them in a stocking wash bag, the velcro can do some serious damage to the rest of your cloths or even to each other... get's stuck and rips.

On the rest of the Vest...
Damp cloth and or (for Master Film) leather treatment liquids like bee wax or the like. For the metal parts, metal treatment like, lithium grease and the like. Use common sense as always.

Hope that helps,

Happy washing.

Erwin.
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#5 Jason Williams

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 01:58 AM

My vest is starting to hum a bit, and is on the border of walking away by itself!

What's the best way of washing all the pads?

All the pads are velcro'd on so all detatch.

Thanks!

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#6 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:02 AM

After god knows how many years being a rental rig and used by hundreds of operators, I borrow the rig for a week and suddenly the pads need to be washed...what ya trying to say :unsure:

Rick "apparently has a sweating problem" Lewis
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#7 Mikko Wilson

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 04:28 AM

What? The towel's didn't soak it all up?! :P

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#8 Erwin Landau

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 05:24 AM

Check under washing...

Only two posts under yours...
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#9 Jason Williams

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 07:20 AM

Check under washing...

Only two posts under yours...

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Thanks Erwin, posted in a hurry and didn't do my research, will check your post.

Jason :D
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#10 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:28 AM

afton,
did you do any of these tips yet? i need to wash the masters vest.
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#11 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:42 AM

Gents--

Don't forget to check the foam filling when you remove them from the pad covers.

This is a perfect time to update your foam with new and better foam. I have been using a type of neoprene in place of the standard closed cell foam that many people still have in their vest pads.

Check out suppliers like McMaster-Carr for the hundreds of different types of foam that are available. Some of the variables include density and thickness; to each his own. McMaster-Carr has extensive methods for describing the varying types of products available.

Good hunting!

Best,

Brant
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#12 Afton Grant

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 10:26 AM

Marc-
Yes, I followed Erwin's advice almost exactly, and it worked out great.

Brant-
Not a bad idea. My padding, especially in the front around my midsection seems to be quite compressed, and could probably use replacement.

Thanks!
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#13 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 12:29 PM

afton.
apologies for beating this to death, but can you be a little more detailed? did yo uuse hot water? did you machine dry or air dry? did you put the foam in the frige? for how long? etc...

thanks for the followup...
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#14 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 12:39 PM

Actually Marc this has been discussed several times in the archives.
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#15 Afton Grant

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 08:28 AM

afton.
can you be a little more detailed? did yo uuse hot water? did you machine dry or air dry? did you put the foam in the frige? for how long? etc...


I washed the removable soft pieces alone, on hot, in the washing machine. I then popped them in the dryer on a low heat until dry. I hand washed the rest of the vest with a warm washcloth, using good ol' elbow grease to work out those sweat stains. I then took another tip from Brant and treated any squeaks with CorrosionX.

Best,
Afton
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