HELP ME WITH GAS MASK

/k/ I have had this M40 gas mask for a while now and I haven’t cleaned it yet, I left it in the box I got it in because I was planning on reselling it but I opened it a while ago and noticed it was an unholy level of filth, I cleaned the mask really good and got all of the debris out of it, and like a week ago I put a bunch of hand sanitizer and alcohol in the mask to kill bacteria or something, I opened the towel I had it in and saw this (pic related) this white spore shit is on the bag, hose, second skin, and everywhere inside the mask and straps. I need to know how to completely sanitize this because it looks like it’s gonna give me AIDS and I won’t be surprised if it does. Should I immerse the thing and everything in bleach or something?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Please call your mom or dad and ask them how they're doing, and how to kill white mold.

    Maybe take them out to lunch, eh anon?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Called them earlier today asking about it and told them it was on my table or something, said to use bleach to wipe it down or to use mold spray
      Also they are doing good anon and I took them to Texas roadhouse 2 days ago if that makes you feel better, really no offense

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Well done, that M40 is now thoroughly fricked. You can try to let it soak in hand sanitizer for a few hours and then hand dry it with a towel but when mold looks this bad it is usually already inside the rubber and basically impossible to get rid off.
    >tl:dr clean your gas masks properly you moronic airsoft homosexuals

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well that seals the deal, I’ll probably just sell it to some random ass person. At least I won’t waste my time trying to salvage this+when I opened it the condition already looked like it was too far gone. Thanks anon

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You can probably sell it to some surplus store.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          There’s this surplus store nearby that I’ll probably sell it to because I’ve heard a story that a guy sold a box full of surplus can openers to that store and got like 200$ for it, it’s probably bullshit but I’ve seen a person negotiate a PASGT vest down to 50$ in person so I don’t think the owners or anyone working there has a grasp on the actual value of most things

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Probably should look into the market value of the mask and sell it at that value or lower it. You can try to high ball it, but you need to make it so its believable. Its all about going within the margin of market.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              People treat these M40s like gold, go onto ebay and type in M40 gas mask, can guarantee that they go well above 100 dollars, that’s another reason I was pretty pissed when i found the mask like that. But if I can sell it for more than 45 dollars than that’s profit because I lowballed the shit out of the guy I bought it from. I might strip the mask and sell parts individually because there are always M40s popping up in disrepair or missing parts.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Usually people on ebay don't manage to sell if they high ball it like that while its not in mint condition. Just look into the market average for the mask and work your way around that.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gas masks are pointless

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >like a week ago I put a bunch of hand sanitizer and alcohol in the mask to kill bacteria or something, I opened the towel I had it in and saw this
    So you put a bunch of alcohol and moisture inside a gas mask (like a cup) and wrapped it and the fabric straps in a towel, letting the only thing to stop growth of mold and bacteria (the alcohol) evaporate, leaving a moist towel...at what point did this sound like a good idea anon? I say this with taxidermy (pelts) too. THE ENEMY OF PRESERVATION IS MOISTURE. Leave a white rag in the shower balled up on the edge or on a shelf and look at how nasty it gets over a couple days. Big surface area (especially fluff, like fabric) plus moisture is the perfect place for stuff to grow. Bacteria and mold LOVE that shit. Moisture is the worst. "A week" is way too fricking long for anything to stay wet, open to air, but not fully under a liquid like alcohol or a disinfectant. You should've maybe put it in a bucket of diluted lysol and covered that, fully submersing it and keeping anything from offgassing/evaporating. Lysol bottle (not can!) says after like 2-10 minutes it's fully disinfected. So try that. Or hell, put it in a bucket for a couple hours, maybe overnight.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I realized what you said in the middle of the night when I did that shit, I had a feeling the towel was going to frick things up and I should have definitely immersed it. But why cry now? I already fricked up.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yep, like a pot of moist moldy food left under a plate...not that I've done that before...multiple times. Grab this or the concentrate for under $10 at Walmart and dilute in bucket. Can even be a $1.25 Dollar Tree bucket. Then put the mask in the bucket and weight it down if need be. Cover with cling film or a trash bag. That's what I did with my 3M respirator I've been using for years for painting and taxidermy. There's times I have animals of some species that I just don't want to be hunched over them breathing in particles of their blood and stuff, knowing all the nasty diseases some carry; I've seen some pretty gnarly scenes from outbreaks locally.

        Also my apartment does inspections like every month and I didn’t take it out of the container it was in (towel inside of container) because I didn’t want to inspectors to show up and see an alcohol soaked rubber object on my patio.
        The inspections are week-long too and is part of the reason I left it in so long

        Christ, I don't think I could live like that. Might be able to double/triple bag it and put it in a small tote in a box if you need to do something like that around inspections.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I’m trying to move to my ranch in the next few months because I’ve been making significant progress on it (mostly planting things and leveling out the rough places because it’s really mountainous terrain) and it’s actually horrible living at this apartment, imagine living in a small ass house and you can’t park your car outside of the underground parking or they’ll tow you and there is druggie heaven on the liquor store right next to you. AND YOU CAN HEAR YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVING SEX (not joking)
          Also what outbreaks happened from taxidermy that you’ve seen? I’ve heard you can get sick from that if it’s mishandled or something

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Local raccoons had a huge distemper outbreak as of a couple years back and I witnessed some brutal carnage. I saw probably 10+ dead raccoons sitting innawoods locally. I thought some froze. I thought some got a car to the head or ass and managed to stumble off before their lungs gave out or internal bleeding got them. But then I read that distemper was sweeping my county and started to notice a ton more in that same area. Poor things suffer for who knows how long. It spread through water and contact locally IMO.
            >In canines, CDV affects several body systems, including the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, the spinal cord, and the brain. Common symptoms include high fever, eye inflammation and eye/nose discharge, labored breathing and coughing, vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy, and hardening of the nose and footpads. The viral infection can be accompanied by secondary bacterial infections and can eventually present serious neurological symptoms.
            >The disease is highly contagious via inhalation. Morbidity and mortality may vary greatly among animal species, with up to 100% mortality in unvaccinated populations of ferrets. In domestic dogs, while the acute generalized form of distemper has a high mortality rate, disease duration and severity depend mainly on the animal's age, immune status, and the virulence of the infecting strain of the virus.
            While I can't contract distemper, humans can carry it which means putting my dogs in danger. And rabies is a thing too. I've seen at least one rabid animal and known about at least one potential case in my own town. Once I skin an animal, their pelt goes in alcohol. It's just the easiest long term storage I've found that isn't just drying them out. 70% alcohol is cheap and it disinfects as it soaks deep into the pelt over a week or two as I get my form and supplies ready. After that they get shampooed and rinsed, then dried, toweled off, and put on a form, sewn up, pinned in place, etc.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Rabies are fricking scary. Once the symptoms set in, your basically dead mans walking. Glad i got vaccinated for the shit.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              DAMN
              Might want one of these
              Frick that shit man

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Outbreaks from taxidermy generally don't happen as light will kill off anything on the surface generally and the tanning liquid used on most pelts is probably a pretty bad place for any virus or bacteria, but as your own taxidermist, you are responsible for your own safety as you are working with fresh dead animals with a mostly unknown history other than where you shot them and observations while hunting. What diseases you encounter vary wildly depending on location, species, and of course the animal in your possession. Raccoons carry raccoon roundworm which can be potentially nasty and several other things like Tularemia in rabbits and ticks is fricking scary. We also have Lyme disease in ticks and that shit fricks your joints and cognitive ability up BAD.

            Rabies are fricking scary. Once the symptoms set in, your basically dead mans walking. Glad i got vaccinated for the shit.

            >Glad i got vaccinated for the shit.
            I don't think we have a vaccination for that unless you've already been exposed or you work in a job that likely exposes you to sick animals. Where do you live? If insurance would cover a rabies vaccine that would last 1-2 years (and doesn't have a high chance of unwanted symptoms) I'd highly consider it.

            https://i.imgur.com/P6d7edT.jpeg

            DAMN
            Might want one of these
            Frick that shit man

            I wear doubled up nitrile gloves and a thick set of dishwashing gloves when skinning and a respirator. Squirrels I do with one set of nitrite gloves and no respirator; they're pretty clean IMO and I do eat them. But I'd like to not die of rabies; does not sound like a fun time. I do prick myself with the sewing needle sometimes but the 5-7 days in alcohol probably after skinning disinfected it pretty good even if the animal was carrying something and the skin generally isn't noted for carrying nasty things. IIRC rabies is (supposedly) mostly concentrated in the spine, central nervous system, brain, and saliva. I did have the head in the alcohol with brain though. But for me it's all worth it to have a foam filled raccoon sit on your shelf for the rest of time for some reason lol.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              My next doomsday weapon…
              THE COON SHELF!!!
              INFINITE COONS!!!

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >Where do you live?
              Live in texas, live in one of the outer cities with lots of strays and animals nearby(cats and dogs and other critters along with horses/cows). Got scratched up/nibbed by a stray dog. He wasn't aggressive, but went to get a rabies shot to not risk it. Got them for free with no charge, but still 5-6 shots in a 2 week time span.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Oh, yeah, I had a friend who had to go through that. Thought you meant a pre bite vaccine lol.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I got the post exposure fast acting shot and the long acting shot, which is just 4 shots within a 2 week period

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Also my apartment does inspections like every month and I didn’t take it out of the container it was in (towel inside of container) because I didn’t want to inspectors to show up and see an alcohol soaked rubber object on my patio.
        The inspections are week-long too and is part of the reason I left it in so long

        I think its still salvageable. Maybe this will help
        https://old.reddit.com/r/gasmasks/comments/vbplvk/anyone_know_how_to_clean_mold_off_of_a_gas_mask/
        I know its fricking reddit, but i found it on google and there are some suggestions there.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Good reminder there anon. I almost forgot this part:
          >Warm soapy water, then bleach. Something like 1:10 bleach dilution, for perhaps 5 minutes should do it. I had a modern half mask, that was molded over because I didn't dry it properly before putting it away in the airtight storge box..it molded all over. Soap and water got rid of the visible mold, 1:10 bleach for an hour got rid of the rest. Still, i had to air and use it for quite some time to get the "moldy" smell off.
          >If you have a silicone mask, note that silicone does absorb some of that bleach. Draeger warns in its instruction manual that such can irritate your skin and recommend that you rinse it in running water for 10 minutes (who the frick has that much water to waste?)
          After using Lysol on my respirator, I ran hot water over it for a couple minutes and soaked it in a bucket of hot water a couple times IIRC. That lysol can soak in (or stick) and hide in cracks, valves, etc. The smell also sticks around and trust me, that shit is STRONG smelling even when it's not in rubber a cup on your face.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also my apartment does inspections like every month and I didn’t take it out of the container it was in (towel inside of container) because I didn’t want to inspectors to show up and see an alcohol soaked rubber object on my patio.
      The inspections are week-long too and is part of the reason I left it in so long

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