Waterproofing Your BDUs:
I just finished waterproofing a set of BDU's for duck hunting and thought someone might be interested in this, especially for the front of the guillie suit. (I was reading on some old sailing gear and necessary skills and came accrossed an article on how they made raingear out of old thin sails.) If you take a 1/2 gal. of gasoline and melt 1 lb. of parafin wax into it (this must be done outside and carefully) then soak the material in it for awhile, hang to let the gas evaporate for a week or longer.
my BDU,s turned out darker,and after 2 weeks, no longer stink. The test run was in a rainstorm and walking through alot of tall grass and my thermals stayed dry! I stayed warm!! This would be a help to the front of guillies when crawling through the terrain.
Mark Munds <email@example.com>
S.L.C., Utah USA - Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at 18:10:01 (EST)
Damn dont light your fine cu'ban wearin' those...POOFF
Sgt. Herbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Manti, Ut USA - Wednesday, November 18, 1998 at 19:50:58 (EST)
Flammible BDUs - Man I would really not wear those things next to a fire! I highly recommend you cut a piece form the BDU set that you "waterproofed" and see just how flammable that set is now. Those sail on the ships used to go up like a candle (gee I wonder why?) As a side not gasoline and parafin are the ingredients of Fue Gas or Napalm. You may wish to reconsider!
Fayetteville, NC USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 00:55:59 (EST)
They don't go POOF that is why you let them hang so long. It all evaporates and you have to hold a flame there along time to get the material to even start to catch. Now haste in this part could have extremely undesirable results :-) I tested with a piece of old torn ones first so I would not ruin any good BDU's. Hey, I have a small cabin down in Mayfield! just a few miles from you.
--good shooting all--
Mark Munds <email@example.com>
S.L.C., Utah USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 00:56:00 (EST)
Mark read your post after mine and if you tested it then that's good. It just seems to be dangerous because as I said that is the ingedients to Napalm.
Fayetteville, NC USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 01:08:13 (EST)
Maybe I missed something here, and I do not mean to bust anyones chops, but why on earth would anyone go to the trouble to water proof their BDUs? If a troop in the field starts worrying about getting wet, he will spend more time on trying to stay dry than he will trying to survive. I am not saying creature comfort is not important, but if it is not freezing out, getting wet ainít gonna MELT ya!
USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 09:45:23 (EST)
the point to the waterproof experiment was hearing everyone putting canvas on the bottom of the gillie, this "waterproofing" adds a little to the material, and is alot quieter than almost anything else. It is less creature comfort minded, as the set I made were to test and see if it was a viable idea(experiment). Doing a set of BDU,s for the swamp was to give it mud,rain, saltwater, and numerous miles wading through the reeds. It seemed to add a slight sound dampening and alot more abrassion resistance. It does sound insane at first (which I have been accused of alot!)but the end result has been good. The modern use of this process is Austrailian Outback oilskin coats(I bet they have a better process now)
S.L.C., Utah USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 10:59:04 (EST)
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