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Old 03 January 2012, 16:59   #1
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clean and waterproof Gortex surface drysuit?

What do you folks suggest as the best way to clean and re waterproof a Gortex surface dry suit ? What waterproofing restore brand do you use? G
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Old 03 January 2012, 17:08   #2
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Use pure soap for starters go outdoors sell the stuff you need or any camping place for re proofing I get the spray on one and rub it in,I got some that does tents last time bigger bottle for less money or you can get it from a tack shop in big bottles they use it to re proof horse rugs as well.
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Use pure soap for starters go outdoors sell the stuff you need or any camping place for re proofing I get the spray on one and rub it in,I got some that does tents last time bigger bottle for less money or you can get it from a tack shop in big bottles they use it to re proof horse rugs as well.
Forgot grangers or Nikwax but read this http://blog.outdoorscotland.co.uk/20...-on-cheap.html
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Forgot grangers or Nikwax but read this Goretex Re-proofing on the Cheap - Outdoors Blog
Note that you should not use this on drysuits if you plan on replacing seals or zipper (or patching pinholes, for that matter) in the future. The silicone washed into the fabric will prevent any glue from adhering.

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Is the suit actually leaking? 2 possible leaks are abrasion or wear through the actual goretex coating or pinholes.

Or is the outer fabric just wetting out and then its not breathing properly so getting excess condensation inside?

Actual wear needs to be patched and if its too extensive the suit is junk. If the outer fabric is just getting saturated then you need to get it really clean with a pure soap as mentioned. Then run it through the wash a few more times without any soap to really rinse it. Any soap or detergent residue will attract water into the fabric.

Lastly apply something like nikwax. As the article mentioned it doesn't last all that long before it needs to be reapplied.
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Let me explain a bit more...

I have a Gortex Musto HPX suit that has the wrist seals "melted" or in the middle of melting. They where like that when I got it (fleabay). The only way to describe the seals is as if they where burnt or stuck into a pool of solvent and are still soft and transferring the sticky goo onto parts of the suit, real messy.

I can pick off most of the black goo but it leaves a mark behind so I will be attempting to try heat and solvent like toluene or maybe acetone?? but need to try small area so not to hurt base material. I will need to re proof when done no doubt.

The general suit needs a good clean but as per Musto instruction I will was in the machine and use a non detergent soap. Thanks for the pointers.

Any suggestions as to removing the goo from the suit would be gratefully received.

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give these a ring Robin Hood Watersports I took a suit in this week for new feet & neck 75 they may be able to offer somme advice sounds like the seals have gone off.
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Just like the pics show in this thread

My Drysuit's melting!!!!!!!!!!!
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My seals went like that on my old suit, its just lack of maintenance and been stuffed in the bottom of the cupboard thats caused it.
You shouldn't need to re-waterproof the suit, it its leaking then you have a hole or like others have said a small pin hole which will only get bigger.
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Let me explain a bit more...

I have a Gortex Musto HPX suit that has the wrist seals "melted" or in the middle of melting. They where like that when I got it (fleabay). The only way to describe the seals is as if they where burnt or stuck into a pool of solvent and are still soft and transferring the sticky goo onto parts of the suit, real messy.

I can pick off most of the black goo but it leaves a mark behind so I will be attempting to try heat and solvent like toluene or maybe acetone?? but need to try small area so not to hurt base material. I will need to re proof when done no doubt.

The general suit needs a good clean but as per Musto instruction I will was in the machine and use a non detergent soap. Thanks for the pointers.

Any suggestions as to removing the goo from the suit would be gratefully received.

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Latex seals have a limited life, this has always been the case. Any contact with oils, greases, solvents etc will cause them to revert back to their natural liquid state. ALWAYS dry them off, powder them with unscented talc & store in a cool dark place out of sunlight & away from any solvents, greases etc. Any dive shop will be able to get them changed for you.

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