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420chan is Getting Overhauled - Changelog/Bug Report/Request Thread (Updated March 21)
Gas Mask Maintenance by Eliza Fumblehirk - Tue, 30 Oct 2018 02:43:02 EST ID:HEqbYd+9 No.14776 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Hey so I got this gas mask at an army surplus. I have no idea what it is called. I just want to wash it out because it's dirty in there and I'm trying to take better care of my pores.

tl;dr what is this, what is it made out of, and how do I clean it without fucking everything the fuck up?
George Monnersirk - Fri, 02 Nov 2018 22:54:27 EST ID:1/nQ8Dx7 No.14777 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I have a feeling harsh solvents like the non-polar kinds or chemicals like ammonia in windex might mess up the latex on that mask. Damp cloth, maybe soapy water.
Jack Bleddlelock - Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:17:26 EST ID:syug/4Ht No.14778 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>what is this
Looks like Russian ШМ-41 or one of offshoots produced in Warsaw Pact countries. Commonly called "an elephant" in Poland. In use from 50s to I believe late 80s. Though I never seen a black one, so it can be the civilian version, GP-5. What kind of filter does it have?

>what is it made out of
thick rubber

>I have a feeling harsh solvents like the non-polar kinds or chemicals like ammonia might mess up the latex
You are correct. Damp cloth and warm water with soap is the best way.
Jack Bleddlelock - Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:18:06 EST ID:syug/4Ht No.14779 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Phineas Norringbene - Sat, 03 Nov 2018 17:49:57 EST ID:HEqbYd+9 No.14780 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Yikes I already used some windex on the lenses but everything seems to be in order, the glass looks much nicer and none of the latex around it has discolored so I guess I got lucky this time. I won't make the same mistake again.

It's about 6 inches tall, a green, corrugated canister with "XI-90-4" printed on the side of it in black ink.

Thanks all. Lol this thing kinda stinks I love it.
Betsy Chaddlenut - Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:23:49 EST ID:GrMeJWVk No.14781 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I'm no expert but my father was a soldier and told me a little bit about them, you're going to need to change the filters out often depending on the model you have as the filters don't last long. You also don't want the material the mask is made from to dry rot so something like coconut oil to lubricate and hydrate it will help keep the mask clean and limber, water or rubbing alcohol may dry it out. Try to find what model mask you have and see what equipment is required in order to use it properly.

They're expensive and require alot of maintainence, personally I've always been more a fan of high end scuba gear or even rebreathers for filtering paint and dust, but I understand your desire to have a working gas mask. Just know it's not gonna be cheap to keep it in workin condition.
Barnaby Turveystone - Wed, 05 Dec 2018 22:14:50 EST ID:E3L/hTQI No.14783 Ignore Report Quick Reply
that looks justl ike a gp5 though. be careful some of the old filters had asbestos in them, or still may.
Barnaby Turveystone - Wed, 05 Dec 2018 22:16:31 EST ID:E3L/hTQI No.14784 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've had a gp5 for 7 years and never oiled it. it's still fine. the canisters are like 5-10$ each and come sealed - you open it when you need it. not that expensive considering the masks themselves are dirt cheap; nearly worthless

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