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Help, I've been attacked by my gun belt.
I have had allergies to most metals for as long as I can remember.
I've been carrying daily for the last year and only now have I had a problem with the metal allergy. In the past couple days the very small portion of the buckle that touches my skin, above the waistband of my pants now has a red raw itchy oozing spot.
For now during the colder weather I can easily wear an undershirt tucked in to prevent skin contact with that small area. Come warmer weather this will turn into a problem.
Any suggestion of how to prevent the skin contact with the buckle?
 

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I wear two shirts, even in the summer, usually a wife beater type t-shirt under a button up shirt or another t-shirt.
 

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My belt has no metal. It is the flyer model of the Wilderness Tactical belt. The buckle is made of hard plastic so I don't have to remove it to go thru security. This belt may take care of your problems. Good luck.
 

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It may not look good, depending on how visible the buckle is, what you're wearing but you could try and put some vinly tape (electrical tape) on the problem area of the buckle? You can even find other colors besides black. Just an idea...
 

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You might try to paint the inside portion of the buckle with clear acrylic lacquer. That will seal the metal from leaching into your skin. Typically, it's the salt in your sweat that "corrodes" the metal in the buckle, and allows it to leach into the skin. If it sounds like I speak from experience, then you would be correct. I have to sand (200 grit sand paper or emery cloth) and repaint about 1 every two months in the summer.

Just some food for thought.
 

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My belt has no metal. It is the flyer model of the Wilderness Tactical belt. The buckle is made of hard plastic so I don't have to remove it to go thru security. This belt may take care of your problems. Good luck.
Thank you Bosun! I was hoping somebody would know of a belt with a non-metal buckle.
I can wear a tucked in undershirt now for the colder weather, but come summer, two layers will just be too warm.
I used to paint the backside of my watch with clear nail polish to prevent skin contact, but wears off after a few days and has to be re-applied.
I will be looking into the Wilderness Belts.:smile:
 

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dunno if your buckle is removable or not but if so get some clear shrink tube (or color of your choice) of the right size, apply, and apply heat to shrink it to fit nice and tight. no muss no fuss and even if someone notices...it won't look bad.
 

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Spray lacquer on the buckle.
 

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Mine is a Native Alaskan made fosilized Walrus Ivory Carved (vs scrimshaw) eagles head. Its tuff, very decorative and eye catching (as in as disraction from any potential printing). Oh and I just like it.

Here is one link. I actually bought mine in Anchorage but there is many available online.

Alaskan Made Belt Buckles
 

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I have heard of this issue from other people. From what I understand that the sweat chemicals react to the metal and cause the reaction. I got a email from a friend of mine that travels alot (flying). There is something out there called "Beep-Free" buckles. The buckle itself is made from a non metallic material. If you have a belt that the buckle can be changed on this might be a solution....

Beep Free® Belts

I found their website...Hope that helps.
 

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Ditto on the non-metallic buckles.
 

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Leather covered buckle might help. You could get some leather lacing and half hitch it around the buckle to cover it up. I it doesn't work for you just remove leather and try something else. Buy a gold buckle.
 

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Morning Rurgergirl,
Perhaps you wouldn't know it by my collection, but I don't really care for belt buckles. I plan on purchasing a Beltman 'no buckle' belt. As a die-hard minimalist I prefer the slimmer/cleaner appearance of his Velcro option.

Gun Belts by The Belt Man | tel. (919) 387-1997 | NO-BUCKLE BELTS

Regards,
Dan O.​
 

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Put tape on the back of the buckle?
 

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Rugergirl, I went through the same ordeal with my watch. It had a lot to do with some long work days and sweat. Only happened with base metals (I think nickel is a big offender). Got a better watch with stainless backing and no more problem. Gold plate may be a option if your michigan depressed budget will bear it. Good luck.
 

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Leather covered buckle might help. You could get some leather lacing and half hitch it around the buckle to cover it up. I it doesn't work for you just remove leather and try something else. Buy a gold buckle.
Might even be a place to carry some extra para cord if you don't want to use leather.....:image035:
 

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Another non-metal gun belt is the 5.11 TDU Tactical. I have two, and I love them. Keeps the pants on and gun up. Looks little bulky depending on what you're wearing, but it does the job.

Hope that helps!
 

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Lacquer might work out fine as a barrier.

Also...you might try a Stainless Steel belt buckle.
 

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I was going to suggest the clear nail polish, but you already covered that one...

As for plastic-buckled belts, I prefer the Wilderness version over others...I've got a couple of different models (e.g. Better BDU and a 5.11) and they just don't have the stiffness I want in a pistol belt.

Meanwhile, I'd suggest trying some Aquaphor on your raw spot.
 
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