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The Donster
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Since a lot of People have Straitjackets here. are there any Do's or Don'ts for the Care of them ?
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I keep mine in sealed plastic bags and placed in a hard suitcase when I transport them to a gig. That way they are less likely to get damaged, stained by gun oil from my cuffs etc.

When they're not in use I have a wardrobe that I hang them up in. Along with my belts and boxes of cuffs.

I wash them only by hand in warm water and let them drip dry. I don't know if this is being over cautious, but I don't want them to shrink too much.

I also wash them after doing an escape when underwater where the water isn't pure, like in the sea or a swimming pool. This way the salt and chlorine (spelling?) won't damage them.

As with anything made from canvas, don't pack your sj away damp. Make sure it is totally dry or you will have a mouldy sj within a very short space of time.

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Ros, you forgot one thing. Paint all metallic hardware on the SJ if escaping in the Ocean/ Sea/ You'll want to finish with all limbs eh. The metal lash tends to attract Sharks and Barracudas. But then you all have that "Loch Nessy" to deal with too Smile

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Not a lot gonna eat me here in UK waters. Its a little chilly. Although it's something I'll remember if get chance to take up your offer and do it in Florida.

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One thing I do is I never put my straitjacket in the dryer. Wash it, then hang it on the solar clothes dryer, and watch the reaction of the neighbors when they see what's on the line!

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That has great shock value, aye Margarette?!! So does walking through town with one draped over your shoulder on the way to the dry cleaners. LOL! I like to wash and dry mine at least once or twice the, same as a pair of blue jeans, to soften them up and break them in when I first get them. After that, then start with the gentle treatment. Mike
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Never had a close one with sharks because I always left the water. I can tell you never to get into the water restrained after seeing barracuda. Larger ones usualy give you plenty of room but the smaller ones under three feet stay in shallow water and are very territorial and will take threatening posture and issue false strikes to get you to leave their turf. In my case it was on the north side of Black Rock in Maui, and although none of my swim gear had metal, I generaly wear a Navy dive knife(the very large kind with a red handle) on my right lower leg, and a second smaller dive knife strapped to my upper left bicep and hidden under the sleeve. Two or three barracudda smaller can be found there on the north side. The waters are known tiger shark feeding areas on the north and west sides of the island, and some of the turtles have bites out of their fins and shells. It was the tiny metal buckles on the knife straps that were what apparently provoked the attack. While I never took a bite, they fly through the water like arrows so seeing them is really too close. Cindi knows exactly what she is talking about on this so take the warning seriously if your in warm water.

As for the jackets, leave them out for an extra few days after they are dry since watter will still be inside the places where the thick seams are sewn to each other.
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"Barracudas eat both large and small fish, striking with lightning bursts of speed. Unlike some fish predators, barracudas can't expand their mouths to swallow large fish whole. To eat big prey, barracuda slash them to pieces with remarkably sharp teeth. A large barracuda can cut a mature parrotfish in two pieces with a single bite"
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Mine was a Posey. I used it in the streets and believe me hand washing would never cut it. I used hot water, regular setting and bleach, I also tumbled it dry in the dryer. It did shrink, but I thought that the tighter the better. Oh yes, I used fabric softener because I like my confinements to feel nice and soft. Yes, I did eventually wear them out. They always wore first at the sleeves where I would pull and tug with my teeth. The straps also frayed after a while, but I would buy a similar belt and use it to replace the worn straps.

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