MA-1 Stench, Ohhh my!

Discussion in 'Nylon' started by les_garten, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. les_garten

    les_garten Member

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    I just got an Alpha MA-1 that has a smell. Like maybe it was in a house with dogs or something.

    Very organic type smell.

    It is in Excellent condition and I would like to remedy the smell issue.

    Any recommendations or tips/tricks for how to proceed?
     
  2. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    I have had the best results just leaving it outside in the Sun for a few days. Tried all the baking soda etc. with limited success. I have a leather 'Barbour' bike jacket, great jacket but it reeked of fags when I got it. I tried everything but leaving it outdoors finally did the trick. Providing you have the weather to do it, of course.
     
  3. les_garten

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    That's kinda what I am thinking. A little sun cure.

    I'm in South FL so we'll give that a go I guess.
     
  4. Rutger

    Rutger Active Member

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    Had an MA-1 sent to me that made its Indonesian source apparent by its smell.
    Woollite handwash and a light gentle tumble afterwards cured it (and the stains).
     
  5. les_garten

    les_garten Member

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    Thanx, I may Woolite it, tumble dry and Florida Sun Cure it.
     
  6. devilish

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    A gentle machine wash and hung outside to dry will work too. Go easy on the soap and use cold cycle. Then a nice sunny day. Even if it has the wool padding. As long as you don't apply heat, it will be fine.
    I wouldn't trust a tumble dryer unless on 'air' only. I've seen too many weird creases on things put through the dryer.
     
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  7. les_garten

    les_garten Member

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    It has improved from being out in the sun a bit.
     
  8. jschare

    jschare Member

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    I've used Febreze on jackets in the past and that's worked well.
     
  9. les_garten

    les_garten Member

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    I just checked it again, back out into the Sun.

    I read about Febreze and how it works, but am trying to avoid as many chemicals as I can.

    So far I have Woolite and Febreze on my potentials list
     

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