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WETSUIT MAINTANENCE & CARE INSTRUCTIONS
WETSUIT MAINTANENCE & CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Remember that it is your responsibility and in your interest to maintain your wetsuit, irrespective of brand.  Your warranty will not cover damage due to poor maintenance so save yourself the hassle and expense of potentially costly repairs by adhering to a simple and easy maintenance routine.

For open cell wetsuits one should use a low perfumed detergent / lubricant to assist with donning - example; water bottle with a few drops of shampoo or mild detergent.  Those, who's skin reacts with such mixes (pimples, rash), can try various low allergy hair & skin washes available from their local chemist.  Alternatively, try our HYPOALLERGENIC WET SUIT LUBE for trouble free results.

Metallic lined suits will also require some lube.  Especially for those persons with oily skin, and/or those where the metallic lining has begun to wear away.

Never use any type of oil as a lubricant.  Products like baby oil can penetrate the neoprene and make it impossible to repair cuts and tears that are inevitable over the life of a suit.

Always ensure finger and toe nails are trimmed and kept away from the neoprene when getting in and out of your suit.

One easy way to get into long johns or pants without using lube is to turn them inside out, ease your foot through the ankle seal and roll it up each leg.  This is ideal in winter months, allowing you to don your bottoms at home and drive to your favourite dive spot.

JACKET TAIL ADJUSTMENT - Most suits these days come with a hard plastic keyhole beaver tail clip that may be removed and repositioned in order to improve individual comfort.  Remove clip screws and reposition as required. (Take care not to cross thread when re-fitting screws and use some glue to lock screws into place).

DEEP brand suits, as well as a limited few other brands, come with water barrier seals fitted to wrist, ankle, and face to reduce the flow of water through the suit. These seals are made of a special density neoprene and should be eased over your hand and heal.  Never force seals of any suit on or off or you risk damaging the suit.

To ensure the long life of your wetsuit you should inspect it on a regular basis for any signs damage. Inspect your suit thoroughly inside and out looking for any loose or broken stitching, any cuts/tears in neoprene, any cuts/tears in exterior lining, any damage to water barrier seals and attend to any concerns immediately or they will likely get worse.  Any concerns are easily fixed and you will extend the life of your suit if you are diligent with its maintanence. See below for further assistance:

Do not be concerned if you make a small tear or if you cut the neoprene.  This is to be expected and is easily fixed using a quality neoprene repair adhesive like our own Neoprene Repair Adhesive.

Do not be concerned if you graze or rip the stitching of a seam.  This is easy to do and just as easily fixed by carefully burning any lose threads to about 2mm from the lining and dabbing them with your finger so they don't run.  For added security, apply some neoprene repair adhesive over the broken stitching or seam (sikaflex or equivalent also works well).

Do not be concerned if you tear a seam or part of the suit - even if it is a long tear.  This is also easily fixed by using some good quality neoprene repair adhesive.  Never try to hand stitch open cell neoprene;  this will actually weaken the repair.  Consider smoothskin suits are not stitched and hold together perfectly.

Neoprene repair glue should be used sparingly.  For best results:
1.  Clean & dry the suit thoroughly,
2.  Apply a small amount to evenly coat both sides of the cut or tear,
3.  Keep both sides of the cut apart until they are tough dry (5 - 10 minutes),
4.  Apply a second small even coating to both sides,
5.  Keep both sides apart until they are tough dry (5 - 10 minutes)
6.  When dry press both sides together evenly and apply pressure for 1 - 2 minutes.
7.  Leave overnight and you're right to go again.

You must rinse your suit thoroughly with fresh water after every use.  Turn suit inside out and dry the open cell side first.  When both sides are dry, place your hand inside the suit and feel for any moisture, if it feels at all damp then give it some extra time to dry. Those who have a front load washing machine can throw their wetsuit gear in and wash it on the quickest cycle - I've never had a problem (even with smoothskin suits) but you do this at your own risk.

Always ensure suit is completely dry before storing it away.  Suits that are stored away with moisture present may develop mould or other nasties which can lead to skin irritation and infection. The presence of constant moisture may also weaken the adhesive bond at the seams, nylon lining, and pads.

Never dry your suit in direct sunlight.  The sun's UV will degrade the neoprene and reduce its softness and flexibility.

Always store your suit in a cool, dry place, and never with weighty items on top.  Open cell and metallic lined neoprene can fuze together if stored under heavy articles, especially in warm to hot environments.

Hand wash your suit with a mild detergent and a little disinfectant every 3 months. (monthly if used frequently).  Do not bother with special wetsuit wash products, household detergents and disinfectants do the job just fine.

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