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Agreed, nothing you can do that would be of benefit.

 

Believe me, if there were some way to reverse the condition I wouldn't have passed on a rock-hard USN MK I preserver for $20.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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The power of prayer? ;)

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Just hoping. great now ?I have to chuck it. Although I still have the CO2 canisters, so I may blow them to see what happens for fun.

 

Mike

You can chuck it into my collection please don't pop it with the Co2.

Grandson of Command Sergeant Major Max I Gray U.S Army

Also grandson of CWO-3 Arthur WillIam Seabury jr. USMC

 

 

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I wouldn't throw it out, it is just that there is no way to restore the properties it once had back in 1944.

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Without some pics I cannot comment on the vest discussed here but here is a little trick when it comes to rubber coated fabrics that have become rigid. If you soak them in warm/hot water which it doesn't take very long so don't leave it, be sure to have hands on thru the whole process it will become malleable, remove and blot with towel to remove access water. Then you can shape it but as it cools down and dries it will become rock hard again. So in a case of a rigid mae west that is flat as board , you soak it, then conform it to a mannequin bust, let dry and viola! its hard as a rock again but in a displayable state. It is a not a restoration but at least it can serve a purpose, it may not work on all items as they might be just way to far gone but you can try it and wouldn't hurt it.

Some mae wests are just donors. Salvage the oral inflation tubes and valves if present, they simply unscrew, remove CO2 cylinders and waist, crotch and neck strap, some contractors sewed them on but most riveted them try to retain the rivet on the front side. For the neck strap most are held in place by a cement patch, try to remove the patch from vest. These are the items necessary for a resto.

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you live and learn !!!! thanks for the info

 

LB

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Rubber / rubberized fabrics are prone to either hardening or decomposing with the passage of time. Unfortunately, it's an irreversible chemical process. Rubber can become tacky and slowly break down...or alternatively becomes quite hard / brittle. I suppose it depends on the kind of rubber compound used, plus how it's been stored these past 70 years!

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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