ARMY TM 10-1670-278-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-26-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-27
2-14. Acidity Test.
This task covers:
Packing Paddle, Item 7, Appendix B
43E(10) Parachute Rigger
Medicine Dropper, Item 14, Appendix D
Three Color pH Paper, Item 15, Appendix D
Layout on packing table or other suitable area.
Spool with Color Chart, Item 20, Appendix D
Fabric and Webbing Acidity Test. Components and parts that are constructed from fabric or webbing will be
administered an acidity test whenever the material is discolored, stained, or the presence of acid is suspected. The
acidity test will be accomplished using approved colorimetric pH paper, strip type, with the color comparison chart on the
side of each manufacturer's dispenser, to determine the acidity level in steps of 1 pH on a fabric or webbing item.
Test Procedure. Perform test as follows:
Using a medicine dropper or equivalent type applicator, place one to two drops of water on the item in the
intended test area. If water drops do not penetrate the material, gently rub the moistened area with a flat
side of a clean metal packing paddle.
Tear a suitable length of colorimetric pH paper from dispenser, place the piece of pH paper on the wetted
area and press the full surface of the paper against the material with a flat side of the packing paddle used
in step (1), above. Insure the pH paper becomes thoroughly wet.
Using the color comparison chart enclosed in the dispenser, compare the color of the moistened pH paper
strip with the pH 13 color scale. If the color of the pH paper matches the numerical pH 1-3, the acidity
present in the material exceeds the acceptable level and the item is to be condemned and processed for
disposition In accordance with TM 10-1670-201-23.
After a packing paddle has been used as outlined in steps (1) and (2), above, thoroughly rinse and dry the
paddle before using the paddle for any other functions.