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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:00 PM

I got a new pair of BDU's and im wanting to prevent the colors from fading, aside from paying a drycleaning bill every week how can i keep these from loosing there vibrance? is there any pictular way i can wash them so they wont fade? maybe wash them with salt or something? ive heard of turning them inside-out but this only seems to slow fading just a bit. im wanting a more long term solution
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:19 PM

Use Woollite for the detergent. Also wash them in cold water on permant press.
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:25 PM

Never dry clean bdu's. Also, you don't want them to be "vibrant" as that will make your outline more visible relative to your surroundings. Using woolite and cold water is more than good enough.


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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:28 PM

but i want them to be vibrant and crisp and looking bran new
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 12:16 AM

Actually if you intend to wear them on the paintball field you actually want dull colors and you want them to be wrinkled. Why wrinkles? Because they help break up your outline. That is why.
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 12:48 AM

i know. but im not wanting that :dodgy:

i understand completly on the feild the logic of your camos to be beat up and worn in, but im wanting to protect them and not have them look that way. lol

does anyone have any more suggestions on how to keep clothing looking new for years to come?

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 08:06 PM

Other then not wearing them altogether, the previous posts have hit the nail on the head.
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 08:32 PM

Also, hang them up to dry...

Washing them with salt actually makes them fade faster. It's an old trick that we used in the military to make our cammies look older, thus making us look less like an FNG.
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 08:39 PM

Don't use the really good bug sprays. They leech colour very badly. They also smell really bad. I still can't get that DEET smell out of my olive drab coat.

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 09:07 PM

View PostKold Fusion, on May 23 2007, 09:39 PM, said:

Don't use the really good bug sprays. They leech colour very badly. They also smell really bad. I still can't get that DEET smell out of my olive drab coat.

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maybe spray the inside of the jacket with bug spray than the outside?

rather have a slightly faded jacket than be eaten up by bugs thats for sure
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Posted 23 May 2007 - 09:37 PM

If want them looking new, then treat them as such- don't wear them. If you want to help them resist fading without giving up fading them, do the following:

Wash them inside out with Woolite for Darks (doesn't contain any optical brighteners) on Delicate Cycle (Permanent press only if you got ground in mud, delicate will take care of any paint except staining types).

Line dry (never in the machine, nor in sunlight). This is how I treat all my camouflage (BDUs, Specops Fusions, Ultralights, Tru-Spec Marpat). However, No matter what you do, the Tru-Spec Marpat type will fade with each washing. Also, any areas on your clothing that get extra wear (Knees and elbows if you crawl) will fade quicker.

For insect repellent on your clothing, I recomend a product containing Permethrin (i.e. Sawyer Premium). It lasts through multiple washings (up to 6 weeks or washings, whichever comes first), is odorless and repels and kills ticks and mosquitoes. I wash my clothes, let them dry completely, then spray them down with the permethrin. I only use Picaridin (better sweat resistance and will not damage plastics or other synthetic materials) bug sprays on my exposed skin (Wrists, head and ankles). Avoid using DEET anywhere that might get onto goggles as it is known to weaken plastics.

As an added layer of protection, I wear a complete set of Underarmor Heat Compression gear under my clothing to stay comfy and make in a bit harder for the ticks and mosquitoes to get me.
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 12:36 PM

A ) Don't was them. (nobody cares if you stink at the field)
B ) wash them by hand in the sink and hang dry them.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 12:55 PM

Probably not the most appropriate forum to be asking about the advanced care of clothing. Good luck though.
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:08 PM

make sure you turn them inside-out before washing them.


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Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:36 PM

1.) Wash and rinse in cold water.

2.) Wash and dry inside out.

3.) Hang dry out of the sun or use a gentle drying cycle.
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