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Old 08 January 2012, 04:56   #11
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I thought Gore-Tex waterproof technology was in the material and the weave, not through chemical additives?
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You may be able to salvage teh seals with Seal Saver - really good, I use it when putting suits into store or when they get stiff / sticky.

Gore-Tex keeps water out by its construction, but for it to work the tiny hairs in the fabric need to be stood up, a short tumble dry on low heat normally does this, once you start adding waterproof layers then the gore-tex is dead and it's the layer doing the job.

The Nix wax stuff is great for this but is designed for Paramo kit, which isn't gore-tex and works differently. It'll keep things dry until it wears off though.

The other thing to remember is salt will clog gore-tex and stop it breathing / waterproofing.
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Folks thanks to all for the advice great info. I will replace the seals that is not a problem, have replacements already to go. My big concern is the removal of the goo that the old latex seals has caused so still open to suggestions as to how best to remove it. Options look like heat, solvent (acetone toluene diesel ????) or abrasive none of which is to be taken lightly given possible damage to fabric..

Once removed I will clean and tumble dry as per suggestions. I have asked Musto and Gore but nothing back yet.
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ALWAYS dry them off, powder them with unscented talc & store in a cool dark place out of sunlight & away from any solvents, greases etc.
Better to start by rubbing down with soapy water to remove skin oils, then proceed as above.

Not that I do that; I just plan on having seals replaced every 9 months to a year.

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Tumble dry!?

I wouldn't tumble dry mine if I were you. For getting the old glue off try using crepe that old show soles were made out of and thinners.
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Tumble dry!?

I wouldn't tumble dry mine if I were you. For getting the old glue off try using crepe that old show soles were made out of and thinners.

The manufactures recomend the tumble drying of the suit on a low heat.

"crepe" do you mean crape fabric? what type of thinners?

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After several days of testing I have a solution. THF worked over the old latex with a cotton bud. Then a clean cotton napkin placed over the stain damp with THF. No damage to the under fabric, still waterproof and no stain. I bought 1 lt of THF local for 11.00 but only used about 50ml so try find someone with it to give you a small bottle to save money and I don't fancy storing this stuff for long. THF is Tetrahydrofuran used a lot by PVC welders.
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