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Draw on wetsuit?

Discussion in 'Apparel' started by Fraber, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. Fraber

    Fraber Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: USA
    I'm thinking about personalise my wetsuit with some decorations and I would like to put some marks and patterns on it seriously.
    However I'm not sure about which kind of ink or paint is appropriate for the wetsuit…

    The surface of my wetsuit is a thin layer of nylon fabric(and inside is of course the neoprene).

    Can anyone recommend suitable paints that won't harm the wetsuit and also water-resistant?
    paint marker? Acrylic paint?…or?
  2. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds Advanced Corn Hole Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: The Holy Land
    I know Scuba Pro makes a "Gear marker" that is supposed to work on wetsuits etc, i cant vouch for it as i have never tried or nor do i know anyone that has.
    Cant hurt to give it a try.

    Acrylic or any other water / oil based paint is most likely not going to last, you need to bring out the heavy guns (usually industrial), the flex, material and constant motion of the suit is very tricky for paint to stick to.
  3. RainPilot

    RainPilot OC/CCR Instructor Trainer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: UAE
    Permanent marker will work on the nylon layer, it will fade over time but can be touched up.

    There really isn’t a great product for the neoprene itself.
  4. Rob9876

    Rob9876 Barracuda

  5. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    How about puffy paint?
  6. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    Anything that is solid material will be an issue. Remember that a wetsuit stretches and bends. If you put something on a wetsuit, if it isn't as flexible as the material under it you will either stiffen the wetsuit or more then likely start pulling the materials apart.

    Fabric paint is probably a good starting point. Get some cheap koozies (the neoprene sleeve you put your favorite beverage in) and experiment with those first. Looking at those I have they are screen printed. I have a couple that have a thick printing on them, that thick printing is cracking and starting to flake off.
  7. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    I used the Trident U-Mark It paint to put my initials on my booties and the neoprene sleeve on my mask strap; it's held up nicely so far. Downside is it's a bit tricky to control the flow; you tend to get nothing, then a blob. Maybe if you opened it up and used a fine-tip brush instead of squeezing it out. Although it reminds me of puffy paint when I'm applying it, it does dry totally flat and isn't sticky.

    Trident U-Mark It Gear Marking... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002PJTO88?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

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