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Advice on Removing Paint on Web Gear


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manifestdestiny

I just picked up a cartridge belt that is complete and otherwise in good shape. Unfortunately, one side of the cartridge belt has some pretty substantial black paint stains on it.

  I was able to get it extremely cheap, and I'd like to know if there is anything that I can do to at least remove some of the staining. The issue is not necessarily the hardened coat left by the paint (I am fairly certain that I can chip that off)...its whats left underneath? 

 

Other than goo-gone or something of that nature, is there anything that y'all would recommend me trying?

 

I have attached some pictures so y'all can see what I'm dealing with

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Blacksmith

With all due respect, my recommendation is don't.

 

It may be something worth experimenting with, if it was a non-porous hard surface.


Being fabric, I can't think of anything you could use that wouldn't make it worse - leave an oily residue, etc.

 

Is what it is, at this point.

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manifestdestiny
4 hours ago, Blacksmith said:

With all due respect, my recommendation is don't.

 

It may be something worth experimenting with, if it was a non-porous hard surface.


Being fabric, I can't think of anything you could use that wouldn't make it worse - leave an oily residue, etc.

 

Is what it is, at this point.

Thank you very much for the reply. I figured as much, but part of me hoped that there was some magical process of removing stuff like this that I was not privy to. For the cost of $15, I didn't have the heart to let something that is in otherwise good condition go to the trash pile or something along those lines.

 

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USARV72

Belts “ condition” is compromised regardless so you might try Wal-Mart brand Carb.  or brake cleaner, cheap at buck  97 a can. Remove built up paint, get old stiff brush, outside on board, spray cleaner and scrub. You will be surprised.

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dmar836

If you're gonna do it, I'd chip off all the thick parts down to the weave and then go at it. Acetone is fairly benign - it was regulation for the AAF depot to scrub flight jackets with it prior to redye.

Not saying it's benign on everything but on textiles I wouldn't have an issue trying it. Lacquer thinner will likely just make it bleed more into the fabric.

JMO,

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