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I know this may be a long shot, but I recently brought a nice Korean War era USMC flak vest, the only issue is someone spilled white paint on the back. Any way to remove the paint? I was considering trying to cover it up with OD paint. But any advice on how to remove paint from such fabric would be great.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

J

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if it isnt soaked in you might be able to scrape the bulk of it off... it may leave a slight stain but it might be easier to clean off that way

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if it isnt soaked in you might be able to scrape the bulk of it off... it may leave a slight stain but it might be easier to clean off that way

 

It's way soaked, paint has been on for years. I was thinking of covering it up with OD #7 paint.

 

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You could try cleaning it with a q-tip dipped in acetone or rubbing alcohol, but test it first on an invisible spot to see if the dye of the vest itself can withstand it!

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I know this may be a long shot, but I recently brought a nice Korean War era USMC flak vest, the only issue is someone spilled white paint on the back. Any way to remove the paint? I was considering trying to cover it up with OD paint. But any advice on how to remove paint from such fabric would be great.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

J

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Would it be possible to see a photo of this?

 

Here is a photo of the front of the vest. Overall really nice condition, working zipping, both spec tags in place and most important a size medium.

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thats something straight out of my nightmares! :unsure:

"America shall win the war. Therefore, I will work. I will save. I will sacrifice. I will endure. I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the whole issue of the struggle depended on me alone." -Martin A. Treptow Jake L.

NO ONE IN HISTORY HAS EVER CHOKED TO DEATH FROM SWALLOWING THEIR PRIDE.


Heaven help me, how I miss my friend

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Anybody have any more recommendations for removing the paint? The paint actually doesn't look very set in or thick. In a few spots I was able to scrap it off, leaving a light white stain.

 

J

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Try oil solvents, if you have - kerosene, gasoline, etc, sometimes they will work.

 

But you need to carefully test it first on corner of your vest to make sure they will not bring more trouble - and the most important thing is, PROTECT YOURSELF, most of them are not good to human health. Hope it helps.

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I've heard that hairspray can be used to remove dried paint from fabric or clothing. Like the others said though I would try it in a hidden spot first. You have a decent amount of paint on the back so if something you try to remove it goes really wrong you can still display showing the front of it. I would start with the weakest solvent and move up from there until something works.

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