1981 RAF MK 20 Life Jacket Wash

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COLD WAR INTERCEPT
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1981 RAF MK 20 Life Jacket Wash

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A while back I found a very scruffy 1981 RAF MK 20 Life Jacket at an Aeroboot in a very dirty scruffy oil soaked state. I was taking a risk, it was ex wet drill issue so it had seen lots of action, but equipment from this era is getting hard to find. It had its bladder and draw wire etc so if all else failed I had some spares at least.
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Re: 1981 RAF MK 20 Life Jacket Wash

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I washed it in the bath in the usual way, you can use liquid detergent on these LSJ's as they are quite rugged in construction, mainly nylon and terylyene, but this time needed a little more help on the oil stains. I used Swarfega hand cleaner. Apply it rub it in gently and be sure to wash it out, rinse well, and outdoor air dry.

The results were amazing!
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Re: 1981 RAF MK 20 Life Jacket Wash

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Great post, thanks - lovely to see a no-hope item restored really nicely!!
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