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Chemical reactions in gear, discolored silicone, rubber, decomposition

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Luango, Jun 27, 2002.

  1. Luango

    Luango Angel Fish

    I need a reminder of what things should not touch and what products should and should not be used for knives, zippers, masks, etc. Silicone gear should be kept away for neoprene but what else?

    Sun screen: what does it do to neoprene?
    Paraffin: for zippers good or bad? synthetic products or candle wax?
    Silicone grease/spray: use it on everything?
    Plastic: does anything hurt it?
    WD-40: Never use petroleum
    Teflon, Graphite: they're not silicone so...
    Alcohol: rubbin' or drinkin'
    mildly acidic solution:
  2. Jeblis

    Jeblis Nassau Grouper

    Well the silicone in your mask will discolor if it is stored touching neoprene.
  3. Scubaroo

    Scubaroo Great White

    I can attest to this, I have a spare mask with a brown skirt from resting against a wetsuit in storage. Looks terrible, but still perfectly functional.

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