ENCAPSULATING PROTECTIVE SUIT MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS. (CONT)
3-6.3.3 Repair of Tunnels and Loose Strapping.
Lay the suit on a clean smooth surface.
Using a 10 ml glass syringe and blunted 18 gauge needle filled with adhesive, carefully insert needle into the
tunnel or under the strapping as to not puncture the material.
Inject adhesive into the tunnel or under the strapping until void is filled or excess adhesive comes out around
After 1 hour, firmly roll the strapping with a 1 to 2 inch metal roller with a 1/8 to 1/4 inch rim and a smooth or
slightly knurled rolling surface.
Pressure test suit. Refer to paragraph 3-6. 4.
If adhesive is too thick for injection, it may be thinned by adding small amounts of toluene to obtain proper
Laundering Procedure. Laundering of the encapsulated suit will be accomplished using the following
procedures. THE SUIT SHALL NOT BE MACHINE WASHED.
Laundering Encapsulated Suit.
Fill tank with fresh water (tank must be capable of heating water to 140°F and maintaining temperature for
one hour). Heat water to 1400F.
Add laundry soap (NSN 7930-00-224-7901, powdered; 7930-00-285-4303, powdered; 7930-00-634-3935,
flaked; or 8520-00-228-0598, liquid, Type I) to heated water until pH reading is between 8 and 9.
Place suit in heated soapy water and ensure entire suit is submerged.
Soak suit for one hour without agitation.
Remove suit from soapy water solution and thoroughly rinse using fresh water ensuring all soap is
Hang suit by the STEPO-I garment hanger and allow to air dry (suit may require reversing to completely
After suit has dried, refer to paragraph 3-6. 1 to perform visual inspection and refer to paragraph 3-6. 4 to
perform pressure test.
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