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    Default "Blacking" out SCBA masks with wax paper question...

    I assume you cut the wax paper in the shape of the clear part of the mask, and tape it to the outside? Right?

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    Default Done..

    We have used that 3M blue rolled tape construction type tape
    in the past. Works well, cheap, easy and does NOT leave any
    residue anywhere.

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    We just take a square of the wax paper, and fit it inside the mask. This crumples the paper a bit in places, but works well.

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    We put it on the inside, the wax paper, kind of tuck it into/behind the form fitting rubber. Never had a problem with it coming out and you can swap it our rather quickly.

    We have also put our hoods on backwards, over the face piece of course.
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    We've just taken the square and secured it around the lens flange with a rubber band.
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    Here, I just found a picture. Again, cheap and easy.
    NO RESIDUE or no hassles. And you can use the left
    over tape on apparatus, equipment or station projects!




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    Here we crumple up a piece of doubled wax paper and put it inside the mask. I think it works quite well. Much more realistic than a completely blacked out facepiece.
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    We take old masks and sand the crap out of them with sand paper. It works great.
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    Used the wax paper tucked inside the mask and it works great. A roll is dirt cheap and can be used in training and to wrap your sandwiches for the drill.

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    Originally posted by len1582
    Used the wax paper tucked inside the mask and it works great. A roll is dirt cheap and can be used in training and to wrap your sandwiches for the drill.
    So thats why my mask smelled like ham & cheese...

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    Default ....

    We just put our hood on backwards.
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    Good thing you didn't have liverworst and onions !!!!!!!

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    We also wear our hoods backwards, outside the mask.

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    We turn our hoods backwards, it's cheap and allows very little vision. We practice in the dark and have a halloween fake flame thing that looks real in the dark or in the fog.
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    Default lights out

    We don't really have to worry about turning the lights out, since our hoods are black and not a whole lot of light gets through.
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    Originally posted by Steamer
    We've just taken the square and secured it around the lens flange with a rubber band.
    Same here.

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    I realize that your hood turned backwards is a simple solution, but is it a good idea to be stretching the hood out of shape so that it does not fit snugly when you need it? It is also unnatural to have to move your hood out of the way to connect your regulator if you are using an SCBA that has the regulator that mounts to the face piece.
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    We have some older masks (not sure how old) that don't have that part that fits over your mouth, just on your face...anyways, we switched to the newer AV-2000 face pieces and with all the old ones, we spray painted them black. The only downside is that the black paint chips a bit after a while.

    I've also seen these pieces of foam that you buy and put inside the mask that come in different densities, simulating differen't degrees of smoke.
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    Default Shucks...

    Originally posted by MetalMedic
    I realize that your hood turned backwards is a simple solution, but is it a good idea to be stretching the hood out of shape so that it does not fit snugly when you need it? It is also unnatural to have to move your hood out of the way to connect your regulator if you are using an SCBA that has the regulator that mounts to the face piece.
    Beat me to it. I am not a big fan of turning around the
    hoods. Then the whole feeling of the PPE is not normal
    to real conditions. Nomex in your nose, lack of seal,
    etc. Everything is just not in the normal place.

    Then when your in the REAL firefight, everything is now
    in a different position. I just like the blue tape the
    best.

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    I used the wax paper on the outside here a few weeks ago in training, just tape it to the edges of the mask, works great. I also don't like the idea of turning the hoods around, stretching them out, and not fitting/feeling like they normally would.

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