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Old 06-18-2018, 03:27 PM
tripledoose tripledoose is offline
 
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Default Ink on Mag Pouch Question

Does anyone know how to remove ball point pen ink from a mag pouch without ruining it? Thanks
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:21 PM
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Good question. I've owned lots of web gear with various markings, be it a unit marking, individuals name or laundry numbers, written in pen or painted on and have never tried to remove it. Too be honest I would not even attempt to remove it. Just not sure how you could ever remove ink or paint without it somehow discoloring or fading the cotton canvas material.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:39 PM
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Can't be done without ruining the canvas.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:04 PM
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Soak it with cheap hair spray and wash. Generally, that will remove ball point pen ink.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:47 AM
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It might remove the ink, or it might spread the ink. At best, the canvas will be noticeably faded. Trust me, I've made this mistake in the past. The dye in the canvas are not robust after 70 years!
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:49 AM
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I probably won't try to remove it. Just don't want to take the chance on ruining it.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:19 AM
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If it's someone's name or unit or serial number etc. I've seen those quite often and I think it can serve to enhance the intrinsic value
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:40 PM
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It might remove the ink, or it might spread the ink. At best, the canvas will be noticeably faded. Trust me, I've made this mistake in the past. The dye in the canvas are not robust after 70 years!
Trust me. I've used this trick to remove ball point pen ink from clothing. It doesn't spread the ink if you wash it immediately after saoking it with hair spray. The hair spray is a solvent for the ink and detergent washes out the undried hair spray. Any washing will likely lighten the color of old webgear but that is a risk some are willing to take to have clean gear.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:57 PM
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Trust me. I've used this trick to remove ball point pen ink from clothing. It doesn't spread the ink if you wash it immediately after saoking it with hair spray. The hair spray is a solvent for the ink and detergent washes out the undried hair spray. Any washing will likely lighten the color of old webgear but that is a risk some are willing to take to have clean gear.
A quick google search yields similar advice. If ink really rubs you the wrong way, then it's probably worth a try.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:37 PM
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It's just a "R" and a "H". It's right by the date though and I don't feel lucky enough to try it.
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