B Company Canvak Party
The boys of B Company, 507th PIR gathered for a rather unique event the evening of Sunday, April 24. We assembled all six of our reinforced M42 jump uniforms to treat them with a canvas waterproofing solution called Canvak. The whole purpose of this event was to get our jump suits to more closely resemble the gas impregnated uniforms worn by the real 507th guys on D-Day. The CC-2 gas impregnating chemicals used on the uniforms would darken the color of the fabric, seal up the fibers making them less breathable, and most noticeably caused the uniforms to stink! We used both a dunk tank technique as well as a hand-brushed method to really get the uniforms coated. Once finished, we let them hang dry while we relaxed over some cool refreshments. All of our hard work was supervised by our new unit mascot, our favorite Brittany Spaniel, Buzz.
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Basically we mixed the Canvak with the correct amount of water and then used large paint brushes to apply it to the uniforms. We really got them covered well. We did all of this on large plastic sheets to protect the garage floor. Then we let the uniforms air dry outside for a few hours and then dry in our home garages for a few days. After it was completely dry, I spent several days hand rubbing dirt/soil into the uniform to really darken it up and give it a more lived-in look. I have also heard of guys using vaseline and chalk powder to simulate the correct look.
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