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Softening nylon webbings

Discussion in 'Hogarthian Diving' started by gekodivebali, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. bygolly

    bygolly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Prince George BC
    I tried this with a small sample and had no luck Jim. I also tried a few different solvents with no results as well. Still looking for a solution that will do the trick without harming the webbing.
  2. gekodivebali

    gekodivebali Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Padang Bai
  3. iluvtheocean

    iluvtheocean Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    have you tried soaking it in warm/hot water with fabric softener? that's how some fisherman soften up nylon rope. it was suggested the clothes washer with fabric softener for agitation. I've heard the same method works for nylon halters for horses. I'd use about 1/4 cup per gallon of water, let it soak overnight, then give it a light rinse & dry out of the sun.
  4. SnorkelLA

    SnorkelLA DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Water
    I find that fraying the inside side of the webbing on my shoulder straps with a somewhat sharp knife softens it up enough for more comfort.

    That and just doin lots of diving. Some guys at my LDS say that being hung on a coathanger and then running very hot shower water over it for a long period of time breaks them in.

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  5. Robert Gillcash

    Robert Gillcash Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ginowan City, Okinawa, Japan
    try some Silicone Spray. I've used that before on BCD straps to soften them and it worked quite well.
  6. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    The proper resin coated weight belt webbing will never really soften up like you want. Maybe in 5+ yrs but realistically you are way better off getting new uncoated webbing in the mail.
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  7. TropicRat

    TropicRat Instructor, Scuba

    Has anyone tried a soak and wash in fabric softner?
  8. TigerDiver8

    TigerDiver8 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ventura County, California, United States
    I kimda scaned the thread but reefscuba.com i just ordered a red harness and i love it. Its comfortable and flexible and about 80 cents a foot.
  9. PhatD1ver

    PhatD1ver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Shanghai, China
    Don't know if anyone found a solution, but fabric softener works great (Downy)... just soak, and rinse in hot water, and they are supple as a puppies butt
  10. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
    According to the product description, that stuff relaxes when wet by about 2% so you would have take that into account when setting up.
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