White Blanco - Anyone know a source?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Shiny, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Shiny

    Shiny Well-Known Member

    Hi All,

    Well the title says it all really.

    A relative makes repro equipment and has been asked to make some that has been blanco'd but he can't find any. Does anyone know a source?

    Thanks a lot,

  2. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    Try SOLDIER OF FORTUNE of Chester and Liverpool
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    What is it? Is it reproduction British web gear?
  5. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Always used 'Meltonian' whitener in tubes 'dabbed' on with a damp sponge.
  6. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    In North Africa we learned how to scrub our webbing, cover it with fine sand and then leave in the scorching sun to bake and bleach a dazzling white.

    It always worked ! :)

    Ron :Cartangry:
  7. Shiny

    Shiny Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much everyone.

    He's making a leather bayonet frog and has been asked for it to be blanco'd white.

    Ron, I'll suggest the sand but we don't really get the weather in Newcastle ;)

    They are on facebook if anyone's interested, they are called making history: https://www.facebook.com/makinghistoryAD43
  8. Jen'sHusband

    Jen'sHusband Punchbag

    You can't blanco leather, it won't work.

    Blanco is a clay-based, powder used as webbing renovator and needs to be broken down, mixed into a paste and scrubbed into the webbing. Leather won't take blanco, it must be died or 'tanned'.
  9. Shiny

    Shiny Well-Known Member

    I did wonder when he said it was for leather. I always thought it went on canvas but his customer definitely said they wanted it blanco'd.
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I'm sure late C19th leather gear was Blanco'd.
    There's more than one leather finish I can think of that would take it just fine.
  11. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Wikipedia mentions buckskin ......

    Blanco was a compound used primarily by soldiers throughout the Commonwealth from 1880 onwards to clean and colour their equipment. It was first used by the British Army to whiten Slade Wallace buckskin leather equipment, and later adapted to coloured versions for use on the cotton Web Infantry Equipment, Pattern 1908 webbing. Blanco became widely used throughout both world wars.[1]

  12. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

  13. Jen'sHusband

    Jen'sHusband Punchbag

    I apologise, I meant to say, 'to put the colour in'.
  14. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Buff Leather bayonet frogs - the brass and copper 'rivets' were polished very carefully with a cigarette filter any bluebell/brasso on the buff would 'bleed' through the blanco/meltonian. The rifle sling was tied off with a pipe cleaner the buff leather belt stripped for cleaning. Regularly scrubbed back to the Buff leather with water and a brush to keep the blanco from caking. There are still commercial companies making canvas whitener - much the same as Meltonian sports shoe whitener that we used.


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