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Cleaning, Maintenance and Storage of Hard Body Armor Inserts

Taking care of body armor is important both to ensure it serves its purpose to protect and to guarantee warranty compliance.


ShotStop® body armor is coated with a water-proof, salt-water and chemical resistant, polyurea protective coating, similar to a truck bed liner, making cleaning a quick and easy process:

  1. Remove the plate from its carrier.

  2. Wipe with a damp, non-abrasive cloth using a mild soap and warm water solution.

    (Do not machine wash, pressure wash, or dry-clean.)

  3. Dry with a soft cloth.

  4. Place back in the carrier.


If the carrier vest gets wet, the inserts will not be affected; however, you can avoid the build-up of mold or mildew by removing and cleaning the inserts while allowing the carrier to completely dry before re-inserting them.


When not in use, rigid body armor inserts should be stored in a cool, dry location. Where possible, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, and sustained temperatures of less than -5℉ (-15℃) or in excess of 100℉ (38℃). If operating in a warm-temperature environment, avoid leaving your armor in the trunk or inside a sealed vehicle:

At 70℉ (21℃) on a sunny day, after just thirty minutes, the temperature inside a sealed car rises to 104℉ (40℃). After an hour, it can reach 113℉ (45℃). When temperatures outside range from 80 to 100℉ (26-38℃), the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to 130 to 172℉ (54-78℃).

Your body armor is a vital part of your equipment. Take care of it, and it will take care of you for the full warranty period.

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