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Crushed and Wrinkly Wetsuits!

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Crazy Fingers, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers Barracuda

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    So you left your wetsuit wadded up into a ball somewhere and now it's got creases, wrinkles, and crush marks all over it. How do you rejuvenate it?
     
  2. 3-Ring Octopus

    3-Ring Octopus Solo Diver

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    Fire works...:wink:. Use it as your "pool" suit and invest in a new one...:).

    Cheers,
    Austin
     
  3. haha49

    haha49 Solo Diver

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    well when it happend to me i just wore it and it streched the wringles out.. only thing i could think of..
     
  4. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Go dive it.....as long as its not too bad and it hasnt been a great many years, it should come out....just dont store it like that again as it degrades the quality of the neoprene and will inturn not keep you as warm......Invest in a $5 wetsuit hanger and all of your worries will be gone :D
     
  5. captndale

    captndale Dive Charter

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    Wetsuits are made of "closed cell" neoprene. That means that the neoprene is constructed with bubbles in which each bubble is sealed. Those trapped, gas-filled bubbles are the insulation that keeps you warm. Once you fold, crease or otherwise damage a portion of the neoprene, those individual cells or bubbles can be broken. Once a cell is broken it cannot be repaired. Once it is broken it can become flooded and will no longed provide insulation. When enough of the cells have been broken, the suit will no longer keep you warm. Take care of your suit and it will last a long time. Eventually, however, all neoprene eventually gets stiffer with age and the cells will start to break just from flexing the material. When that happens (it is gradual) it is time to buy a new suit.
     
  6. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Great explanation....Couldnt have said it better :wink:
     

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