Washing your VADER SUIT. What do U do?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Jack Bauer, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Jack Bauer

    Jack Bauer Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So Each and every time I wear the Rubies Supreme I sweat off about 495 lbs. :lol

    I fabreeze it down. Throw it in my trunk and when i get home I use the shower to hose it down. Then air dry.

    What recomendations do you folks have? What do YOU do to wash your Vader Undersuit? The cape I would have Dry Cleaned. Robe, same. Can this undersuit be machined washed?

    Tips, tricks, ideas? What do YOU do?
     
  2. pfont2

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    Well my undersuit is leather, what I do is take it out and let it air overnight then I wipe it down and use febreeze then wipe it down with a leather protectant that keeps the leather soft and flexible.
     
  3. KevVader

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    ...I also steam clean mine on the inside....kills the bacteria from sweat....
     
  4. Darth Kahnt

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    If you are going to machine wash, use delicate cycle. I cant see why you wouldnt be able to, it's only quilted fake leather. Should be fine.
     
  5. Darth Domain

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    Hey Jack i was only thinking about this last night, you beat me to it, has anyone actually washed theirs in a machine and what was the result. Also, what leather stuff do you use (to protect/feed the leather) also, is this useful for the rubies as it is fake leather?
     
  6. vader2k

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    Mine is quilted pleather, with a cotton batting on the inside. I have put it through the washing machine on delicate cycle numerous times, followed by hanging it to air dry aftwerward, and it's still holding up just fine. I don't know if it makes a difference or not, but I always turn the suit inside out before I wash it and I leave it that way to air dry as well.

    Regarding my cape and inner robe, I have the cape dry cleaned, but I also put the inner robe through the washing machine on delicate cycle. And, I even put it through the dryer on low heat and then promptly take it out when it's done and let it hang so as to keep it from wrinkling. Again, seems to work just fine.

    Hope this helped some. :)
     
  7. Darth Kahnt

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    I washed mine last night on the delicate cycle. Not a problem, no damages whatsoever. I hung it to dry last night and this morning it is almost dry enough to wear again. I had a eight hour event this past Saturday and let me tell you, it had to be washed after that. :)
     
  8. DLove23

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    This is a great thead. I'm a newbie here and am putting together a Vader costume. While mainly thinking of screen accuracy, I've also thought of comfort with fans and whatnot inside the helmet. LOL, the one thing I hadn't thought of is how to clean it after it got hot and sweaty.
     
  9. Darth Kahnt

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    You know what they say... cleanliness is next to godliness. :D
     
  10. Darth Domain

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    Yep, it sure draws out the sweat, i did a kids party where i had to duel with 20 kids, i must have lost about 7 pounds in fluids (put it back on again after with a cold one or two though) :p
     
  11. Dark Shadow

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    Ive never washed mine. It has mold and mildew on the inside but Ive learned to live with it :lol



    Just kidding ----dry clean inside out
     
  12. Jack Bauer

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    Delicate Cycle and hang to dry works just fine. Thanks.

    I also took the tip of turning it inside-out before washing.
     
  13. phase pistol

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    Wash the suit?

    Hey, be a man. Vader had to wear it 24/7. :angry

    :lol
     
  14. CTF

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    I wouldn't risk putting my leather suit through any kind of wash... Dryclean or not. I padded up and made sure not a drop of sweat made it onto the suit.

    But that's just me. :lol
     
  15. Darth Kahnt

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    Geez man, you must roast in the suit in that case. :)
     
  16. eltee

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    You guys might consider the special breathable clothing made for wear under police body armor. There are a variety of "cool suits" that promote air circulation under a 4 pound bullet resistant vest. Should help with any clothing/armor that restricts circulation, and it isn't all that expensive. Check out Gall's police supplies online or go to a local police uniform store.
     
  17. Darth Domain

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    :eek:
     
  18. Darth Larsen

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    ive always washed mine in cold water.

    Was told it could mess up the pleather if i didnt.
     
  19. Cenobyte

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    Mine is real leather.

    AFter an event, I turn it inside out and febreeze it. After a few days, I turn it right side out and use a leather protectrorant on the outside.
     
  20. TMP

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    1. Buy a Leather suit. It can be Dried cleaned. But the GREAT THING ABOUT IT.. IT BREATHS ;)
    2. Buy a Cotton Blend Cape and and not wool.
    Wool is hard to maintain. It can wrinkle easily in humid enviroment and it needs special care. It can also shiring if you wash it to hard. Also the facbric has a tendence to get allot of material atached to the cape dust and hair.
    If you buy a cotton version buy one that has the correct texture and that is made the same way wool fabric is made. Contact me for more info about this if you want. It is also lighter and it is not as heavy. It FLOW PERFECTLY if is not that warm.

    3. Use a Spandex suit before taking on the leather suit.
    The syntetic fiber drives the moist away from your body so your body feels good when wearing. Also it will take also take some sweat.

    4. Shower before you wear it :) :) This should maybe be nr1.
     
  21. Darth Kahnt

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    I have found the Under Armour suit to be superior than regular spandex. Just my opinion.
     
  22. vaderfanforever

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    I also have pleather suit. When I first got it, after an event, I just turned it inside out and Fabrezzed the hell out of it. Now, I wash it after every troop. It comes out smelling great becuase I use the new Tide w/Fabreez. Works every time.


    Now all I have to worry about is the smell of the foam padding in my bucket. I have tried to fabreez that as well, but every time I go to put it on, it almost makes me :eek:
    I also use Underarmor.. Fantastic stuff. My suit is much less sweatly when I am done.


    However, I am not too sure about the new Rubies suit. I have heard that it is not made very well, therefore would probably crumble if washed.

    Eli
     
  23. Darth Kahnt

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    As I stated before, I have washed my Rubies suit on the delicate cycle, I have done it actually several times now and I have not had a problem with it. It washes very well.
     
  24. Jumpin Jax

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    Hope so, mine is in the wash right now :confused Got it in the mail the other day..... IMPREGNATED with cigarette smoke:sick. Febreezed; nothing. Air freshener/anti bacterial spray; nothing. Can't dry clean according to the label, so here's hoping. Next stop, gas and a match.
     
  25. Treadwell

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    Question for all you Fabreezers:

    You know all that product does is make smelly stuff not smelly, right? It's not a cleaner. Meaning the sweat is STILL ON THERE.
     
  26. MaulWalker

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    I read that Cirque du Soleill uses cheap vodka to wipe out their headdresses after every performance. The vodka kills the bacteria, cleans, and deodorizes. You might try it on your helmet.

    LYnn
     
  27. Contec

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    Don't use Bleach.......

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  28. Jumpin Jax

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    Fascinating. Well it's washed and still smells of smoke, yet clean...... So I guess I'll use more FEBREEZE.
     
  29. Anomaly

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    first thing id suggest is ditching the cheap fake leather suit.
    real leather, a phase change cooling vest....and then you wont have a swampy sweatsuit after every troop ;)
     
  30. James Kenobi 1138

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    Mine is real leather. I turn it inside out, spray it sweaty with Lysol and let it dry. Turn it right side out and use leather cream.
     
  31. Jumpin Jax

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    First thing I'll do when one comes along for $45. For now I'll be realistic.
     
  32. PadawanLearner

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    Jumping Jax, my experience with smoke smell is you just have to hang it somewhere to air out, not in a closed closet but somewhere open.
    You can try the Vodka and water mix, but I don't think it'll do any better than the Febreeze.

    Anomaly what is a phase change cooling vest?
     
  33. Anomaly

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    got my phase change cooling vest lightly used, and in great shape.
    $46 shipped.


    phase change cooling, is a vest that contains a special liquid in built in sacks.
    Unlike ice, which will be too cold, and melt quickly....this liquid, when frozen for 20 minutes, will maintain a constant comfortable 60*F for up to 3 hours.
     
  34. Jumpin Jax

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    Leather suit, dude.
     
  35. vicsouders

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    :eek Great place for that photo!
     
  36. Anomaly

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    huh????
     
  37. Anomaly

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    lol well you arent getting a leather suit for that :p

    but a cooling vest should certainly help alot
     

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