Protective Sleeve Installation Instructions:

Composite Reinforced Life Support Cylinder

The Protective Sleeve was designed to provide a protective covering over composite reinforced cylinders.

The Protective Sleeve is produced from a specially compounded, fire retardant grade, of clear high durometer PVC plastisol that meets, or exceeds, the flammability standards of ASTM D-568.

  1. Using a dry cloth, wipe the cylinder clean to remove all foreign material.
  2. Place the strip of adhesive film, available upon request, around the cylinder, approximately 1/8Ó below the top, neck end, of the filament winding. (optional)
  3. Stand the sleeve in an upright position with the open end up. Center the cylinder, base down, over the opening and press it into the sleeve.
  4. Place the Protective Sleeve with the open end up on the floor, place the cylinder in the sleeve and press the cylinder 1-2" into the sleeve. You will note that the Protective Sleeve will become more rigid as the cylinder is pressed inside, creating an air bearing effect. Now, push the cylinder the remainder of the way into the sleeve in one smooth, uniform motion. Once the cylinder has contacted the floor, invert the cylinder to valve side down and use your hands to remove any trapped air in the cylinder by pressing on the base and sides of the cylinder. This will ensure a proper fit. Do NOT attempt to punch a hole into the bottom of the Protective Sleeve to let any remaining air out.
  5. A watertight seal will develop at the bond area in approximately one to two hours.
  6. To remove the sleeve for cylinder inspection, simply break the adhesive bond with your finger or another blunt object. Insert an air nozzle under the sleeve and blow the sleeve off. An air nozzle can be made by purchasing 1/8" diameter brake line or any firm metal tubing. Copper tubing is not recommended because copper is too malleable. In attaching the tubing to a conventional air nozzle, the tubing should be long enough to reach the base of the cylinder.
  7. To enable easier application, heat may be applied to the Protective Sleeve. Use a blow dryer or hot water, neither above 200º Farenheight, to heat the Protective Sleeve. Apply the heat source until the sleeve has softened and insert the cylinder.