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DIY Dry Gloves

Discussion in 'Making your own Gear' started by rob.mwpropane, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I have a brand new set of XXL 720s that I would trade for the XL 720s you have. PM if interested.

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  2. rob.mwpropane

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    I emailed the nice lady @ Showa to let her know they missed a pair of XXL. I'll see what she say's. I'm not sure it would be worth the shipping to Belgium though?

    But if it'll work, I'd be happy to.
     
  3. Zef

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    The 720s do fit more snugly the the PVC gloves, but they are also stretchier.
     
  4. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    If you can get a pair from SHOWA for free then all the better. It would not be shipping to Belgium though, as I have a US Armed Forces Post Office address (APO) so the shipping should be roughly no more than it would be to ship from where you are to NY.

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  5. rob.mwpropane

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    If it works and I can help I most certainly will. Can't tell you you how appreciate I am of your support.

    Based off of the 5 min I wore them I like the 720's. They are slightly narrower and as you said more strtchy.
     
  6. Zef

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    The material does relax a bit after a few dives with them...or perhaps I just got used to them. I think I mentioned earlier that I started out using the yellow liner gloves that came with another model sample that SHOWA sent me...they worked but were kinda thick...I like dexterity so I picked up a pair of these, Dakine Storm glove liners, to try out and they worked great. Much thinner but just as much warmth:
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    I am also a skier, so I figured if they didn't work out for diving that I could use them on the slopes. They worked great under the 720 gloves in water temp down to 2-3 degrees Celsius...they would definitely for colder as well but the water temp last season didn't get any colder.

    Others have had great success keeping warm while maximizing dexterity/comfort using Burton Powerstretch glove liners:
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    -Z
     
  7. rob.mwpropane

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    The yellow liners do feel a bit bulky. I'll have to check them out.

    At least I'm moving in the tight direction, or at least feel like I am.
     
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  8. Leo Travis

    Leo Travis Angel Fish

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    Maybe late but I just came across your post today, doesn't look like you found your Rema Tip Top SC4000 yet
    Call one of the distributors closest to you, to see who in your area might have it in stock, Ps this stuff is not cheep
    Here are some links & info that might help
    REMA TIP TOP North America Authorized Distributors - Industrial Division
    http://www.rematiptop.com/assets/te...P-TOP-SC4000-Cement-Bonding-Procedures-v5.pdf
    Kubi Glove system is awesome, not cheep but the best I've used so far, I've used a few systems over the years, Ps Sitech Antares is junk don't waste your money
    As far as gloves go I tried the variety of Showa glove & latex pull over, over the years
    For the past 5 years I've been using the Showa 379, They are not cheep but dexterity, grip & durability makes up for the extra cost imo
    Also have you considered using Urethane heat tape, It can be reused if you need to change a seal or glove
    Dry Adhesive Drysuit Tape
     
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    I contacted REMA about 2 months ago....still waiting for the call back:)

    So I finally took the plunge last night. This is my thread, it was on DIY dry gloves, but its morphed into more money with (hopefully) a bigger payoff. I cut off my neoprene wrist seals and glued in a set of Si-tech PU rings in anticipation of a set of Ultima DGS.
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    That was pretty scary. It took longer to pull the threads out than it did to actually cut. Here was the end result.
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    I then taped the inside of the suit to prevent glue from getting all over the suit.
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    I took a dremel with a 120grit sanding attachment and scuffed up the inside of the sleeve and the PU rings. It's hard to tell any difference on the suit, I think it just cleans the top part and gives you fresh neoprene to glue to. Both surfaces wiped down with MEK. That is some strong stuff!! Had a window open and it was still really bad. Should have had a fan.
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    I don't have any pictures of me gluing. It was suggested to me to mix 50/50 aquaseal / MEK. The mixture was runny but not quite like water. It set VERY fast for me. I was hoping to be able to play with the rings more, but once they were in it was a real bear to try and move. If I had it to do over again I would use more MEK, less aquaseal. It still worked though, and was better than contact cement. I'm told that's done as soon as it touches. Here's the final result.
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    I'm 90% happy with the way it turned out. I should be 100% happy because it was my first time and I was definitely apprehensive throughout the process. I dry fitted 20 times before actually gluing. My glue set so fast I'm glad I'm really glad I ran through the process multiple times. I used gloves on my hands for most of the process. Here's what my awesome wife had to deal with last night....and this doesn't include the mess in the living room! All in all, it took 2 hours from start to finish. If I had to do it again it would only be about an hour including cleanup. Could not have done it without the suggestions in this thread and very special thanks to @swimlikethefish for letting me pester him with pm's, texts, and calls....especially last night!
     
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  10. rob.mwpropane

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    Kitchen massacre;
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    Edit: Rings attached in the suit this morning. Dare I say they actually look pretty good!
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