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 How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?

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How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« on: Dec 03, 2019, 03:04 AM »
As the subject states, I am curious how some of you have used magnets in your flak vest.

Did you sew them into the vest and then epoxy them to your armor?

I am curious as to the process. I am also sure somewhere in here is a thread for this exact question, but sadly I can't find it >_<

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Or if you wish to say what you believe is the best method for securing armor so it stays in place as best as it can while moving about, I'd take that info too!

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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 03, 2019, 01:32 PM »
While I'm yet to get to this phase of my build, I'd imagine that if you're going to use magnets, glue to the armour first and then fit to the flak vest.

You may also consider putting a bit of velcro anyway as even strong magnets can be jostled and lose contact. The velcro will help prevent that by tacking the plates in place (say that 10 times fast :P )


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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 04, 2019, 11:46 AM »
I would imagine the way to do it would be to sew them in.

Basically you attach magnets to the plates, then put a dot of white paint on the magnet and have some one put the plate in the correct spot for you.
The white paint leaves a mark where the magnet should go. Then you simply cut a piece of fabric and handsew in a little pocket that the magnet snugly fits in. I do agree with the previous person to post on this thread that a little velcro cant her either!

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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 13, 2019, 03:17 PM »
Going to third this one - Velcro to hold the plates on securely, magnets to make them "seal" to the vest.

Another option for figuring out where to sew the magnets - Glue them onto the plates first (hotglue, epoxy, E6000, etc. - make sure to cut a small inset into the plates for them)
and then put the plates onto your vest with free-floating magnets on the backside of your vest. That way you can slide the plates around until they're in the right spot, with the magnet(s) on the backside of your vest following the plate magnet(s). Then just take the vest off (carefully so you don't move the plate you're trying to mark) and mark a circle around where the interior magnet is.

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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 15, 2019, 11:04 PM »
I would suggest instead of magnets on both plates and vest, use small steel mending plates on the vest. They have holes you can sew through, and i find neodynium magnets hold really well to them.
Now, what i'd like to ask is...where do you get strong enough magnets in bulk? Ive used hard drive magnets to make a "floating" holster before, but at 10$/drive/2 magnets, thats kinda pricey...

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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 22, 2019, 05:51 PM »
You can find up to 100 piece packs of "rare earth" button magnets on Amazon pretty easily

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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 29, 2019, 02:47 PM »
I haven't used them for my Mando build, but this is where I get magnets from for other projects.  They have all kinds of different sizes, and shapes.

https://www.magnet4less.com/

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Re: How to make use of Magnets for flak vest?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 29, 2019, 05:41 PM »
The white plastic spacepeople use them in great quantity for their builds.

I like the idea of velcro as the mainstay and magnets to snug the edges... very clean look.

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