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KY Jelly?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by WreckWriter, Nov 29, 2002.

  1. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    Yes, this is diving related....

    Several of my regular buddies use KY Jelly to lube their latex drysuit seals. They make the argument that since KY is regularly used with latex in errrrr.... "other ways", there's no possibility of seal damage. Are they right?

    Tom
     
  2. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    KY and latex are non-reactive. I know several folks who use it. A less expensive alternative is what I use, a 50/50 mix of baby shampoo and water. I keep it in a small spray bottle.
    Rick
     
  3. FLL Diver

    FLL Diver Solo Diver

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    I don't have a tube handy, however if memory serves correctly KY is water based and as such should be OK on latex. Vaseline is petroleum based.

    Doesn't the manufacturer recommend silicon based lubricants?
     
  4. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    Yea, its water soluable for sure. Manufacturer recommends talc but that's kind of a pain on a boat.

    Tom
     
  5. Duncan Price

    Duncan Price Solo Diver

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    I use the little bottles of hair shampoo that you find in hotel rooms. Failing that just dip your seals in the water.

    Latex seals don't like DEET mosquito repellant.

    Duncan
     
  6. roakey

    roakey Old, not bold diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    When I took Cave I back in 99 JJ of GUE mentioned that that's what he uses on his seals. He added that an industrial sized tub of KY Jelly rolling around in the car makes for an interesting conversation piece, too :)

    I just use billiard talc.

    Roak
     
  7. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    That makes sense. My buddies that recommended it are both commited disciples.

    Tom
     
  8. roakey

    roakey Old, not bold diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So what does that make me?
     
  9. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    I dunno :)

    It just makes sense that they would be using JJ's technique.

    Tom
     
  10. FLL Diver

    FLL Diver Solo Diver

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    God, what an opening.

    Must control fingers... must....not...reply..... :D

    Marc :jester:
     

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