6-7.The outer shell may be cleaned in a domestic home
laundry type machine with household detergent and/or
soap. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.
Prior to cleaning, the over- all condition of the
outer shell should be carefully examined to determine
whether it is worthy of cleaning and repair or whether it
should be replaced with a new outer shell. of outer
Materials used in the repair of outer shells shall
shells shall be service- able materials recovered from
be serviceable materials recovered from similar
similar salvaged items, or new Do not use any dry
salvaged items, or new material of matching color and
clean- Do not use any dry cleaning solvent, gasoline or
grade as original fabric.
grade as original fabric. similar products.
6-10. Small holes or tears in outer shell in which the
vinyl casing has not been damaged, the repair may be
Do not use any dry cleaning solvent, gasoline or similar
made on the outer cover without removal of the vinyl
casing with ballistic insert.
6-11. Cut a patch of matching cloth nylon oxford one-
inch larger in each direction than the hole or tear to be
repaired (preferably circular patches). Apply adhesive,
Do not clean vest with any solutions if the vinyl casing is
cement, liquid, tent patching, FSN 8040-266-0850 to the
parch, and immediately, while the adhesive is still wet,
position the patch over the hole, and press or roll the
Apply a warm soap or detergent solution to the
ssurfaces firmly together. Allow adhesive to set for 15-
soiled or stained area. Rub or brush the area vigorously
20 minutes before subjecting cover to severe handling
to wet and lossen the soil. Tinse thoroughly with warm
or water immersion.
water and air dry the vest away from heat or open
6-12. Open seams and broken stitches in outer shell.
Remove outer shell, open seams and broken stitches
may be repaired by using types stitch, stitches and
thread as originally used. Seams shall be back stitched
When the outer shell requires complete
cleaning, remove the vinyl encased ballistic insert by
opening the bottom seam on the back panel of the vest
and then pull the outer shell over the insert taking care
not to damage the component.
When facilities/equipment is not available the
entire outer shell may be cleaned as outlined