ARMY TM 10-1670-282-23&P
AIR FORCE T.O. 13C5-30-2
NAVY NAVAIR 13-1-33
This task covers:
Packing Paddle, Item 11, Appendix B
Layout on packing table or other suitable area.
Medicine Dropper, Item 42, Appendix D
Three-Color pH Paper, Item 43, Appendix D
Spool with Color Chart, Item 44, 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
manufacturers dispenser, to determine the acidity level in steps of 1 pH on fabric or webbing item.
Test Procedure. Perform test as follows:
(1) 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.
(2) Tear a suitable length of calorimetric 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.
(3) Using the color comparison chart enclosed in the dispenser, compare the color of the moistened pH paper strip
with the pH 1-3 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 paragraph 2-13e.
(4) 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.