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    How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    You can follow the cleaning instructions on the jacket, but that does not alway's
    do the job. Any of you folks have any tips to pass along?Thanks Peterz


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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    I've had little success getting high-viz clean. I clean jackets in the bathtub with detergent that has color safe bleach. Let it soak for a couple hours, rinse in clean water, hang to dry. It comes out looking better than when it went in, but it's not like new. If someone has a better method I'm willing to try it.

    Or you could conclude that the high-viz patina is a mark of someone who rides, and wear it well.
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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    Simple Green works well.

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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    We have a front loading washer now and that actually did a pretty good job. It won't look like new at all... there will just be a little less of the black residue that tends to show on the hi-viz stuff.. After 2 years my Olympia Air Glide is about a shade or two lighter than a new jacket but still pretty hi-viz.

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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    Got an olympia bushwacker here. Gave it very few washings in the 2 years, 43k or so I've owned it. Found a front loader washer works best.

    Mine is barely at all high viz. But the sun up here is pretty brutal. Just had a new zipper put in. I would call the jacket low viz these days. Lol.

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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    Thank you for your tips, i think i like our humble scribes the best.

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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    In the UK I use a front loading washing machine with non-bio washing powder/liquid (does not remove the water proofing). Wash my stuff almost every week (or other week) no issue so far with my stuff.

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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    I haven't washed my Tourmaster yet but my Olympia got washed a few times in the front loader and comes out very clean. It is a shade lighter than the original color after a year but only because I can compare it to the newer Tourmaster.
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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    I've got an Olympia AirGlide 3 last summer and I washed it once at the end of the riding season. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it came out - definitely much, much cleaner and at most 1/2 a shade lighter. I used Nikwash to pre-spot the tough areas, then as a detergent in my front load washer. The hardest part was emptying all the things out of my pockets and unhooking & unzipping everything!

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    Re: How do you guys clean the green HI-VIS Tour Master Jacket?

    Olympia AST jacket in a top-loader: after one year, two complete wash cycles, one with Woolite, one with Nikwax, got it cleaner but not nearly clean. So this spring I did two complete washes with Nikwax, allowing a 30-minute soak in between. Result: the same. Let's face it, the thing just isn't gonna look like new again.

    BTW:
    1- the Nikwax wash-in water repellant works great and lasts a long time.
    2- it's interesting to see where the black grunge collects on the jacket. The front and inside of my wrists and forearms get it the worst. Must be the airflow.
    3- it's amazing how many of us are riding in Olympia gear.
    4- has Aerostich returned to a true hi-viz yet or are they still using that disgusting barf yellow color?

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