Where to buy unscented Talcum / Talc powder

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by Windknot, May 24, 2002.

  1. Windknot

    Windknot Barracuda

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    I remember reading somewhere that a diver had a source for like a 25 lb. tub of bulk pure talc.

    Whilest sitting around on an SI this past weekend, I mentioned that I had "read somewhere" that the big tubs were available...

    Mind you that I didnt say that I read it Online, as this would have turned the discussion sour quickly.

    The end result was a consensus that everyone wanted in on the "BIG-TUB 'O-TALC"

    Ergo my querry...

    Any suggestions other than "why use talc, just use food grade silicone"?????
     
  2. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Scuba Instructor

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    My wife has a source. I'll ask her about it later today and post it.
     
  3. NetDoc

    NetDoc Chairman of the Board

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    Find it where any large truck tires are sold. You should be able to order it from your local NAPA dealer. Fragrance free too!!!
     
  4. wrecNcaver

    wrecNcaver Single Diver

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    You can get the pure talc at a billard shop or pharmacy. The billard shops usually are cheaper. Just make sure there is no fragrance added.
     
  5. Windknot

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  6. Windknot

    Windknot Barracuda

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    AND.....

    I wont have to explain the picture on the front of the other bottle.....:D


    Bulk Talc and Shaker Bottles

    If anyone has any other options, please let me know....I'm still in the market...
     
  7. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Scuba Instructor

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    My wife sys she orders it through the local tier shop. The don't keep it on hand but they can get it. I haven't used it but I'm told corn starch will work.
     
  8. Uncle Pug

    Uncle Pug Swims with Orca ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ya know Windy... when a guy starts buying talc in 24# tubs that is usually a sign that a slightly...
    hmmm.. errr... uhhh,
    More robust suit is in order...
     
  9. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Uncle Ricky Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There's a very good reason to *not* use silicone, particularly around drysuit zippers and seals... the suit material will absorb the silicone and make it difficult if not impossible to replace the seals or zipper - 'cause the glue won't stick to the silicone impregnated material.
    Rick
     
  10. Windknot

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    That's what I was going for......

    I was trying to cut off anyone from suggesting to switch from talc to silicone...(in the vernacular of today's youth...) Sorry...my bad.


    I knew THAT was the specific reason to NOT use silicone.....I've read it here numerous times....I read it in my owners manual before my LDS lost it....Then had them tell me to use silicone spray to fit my head through the neck seal!!!!!!

    I guess when you work or own the place a drysuit costs significantly less so they would have no need to replace the seals...just get a new one instead...

    I actually talked another diver out of using silicone spray this past weekend citing seal replacement. He's interested in getting in on my Bulk Talc deal, once I find it.
     
  11. Windknot

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    Keep it up mister....Keep it up.......

    Zing!!!!! Boom!!! To the moon!!!!

    In lieu of talc...there's always KY Jelly!!!!

    I can see it now....

    "Uhhhh....excuse miss.....do you have any KY Jelly in a 5 gallon bucket?"

    That previous site I linked above probably DOES have it in their rubber section. :mean:


    And lastly Puggles.....as to the "Windy" moniker....

    How truly fitting for me. As a youth, when one would "drop a little flatus" we would say "Mom....He made a Windy!!!! and it STINKS!!!!"

    Youth OBVIOUSLY imitates adulthood in my case.


    I remember reading a quote once, it went something like this:

    "A man isn't happy unless he's farting"

    Ok, I wrote it, then I read it....but I DID read it....so I can quote it!!!


    "Windy beneath my waterwings"
     
  12. Bob3

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    McMaster-Carr is probably where you're thinking.
    Part #3190K177 is what I get, comes in a drum the size of a small garbage can, a 35 gallon or so. Don't pee yourself when you see how big it is.
    http://www.mcmaster.com/
    $18.27 for 25 lbs
    :mean:
     
  13. Windknot

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    LOL......

    Given the current/parallel talc discussion on that OTHER/B] board, would it be safe to assume that the 1# bag and fancy schmancy $1.65 bottle I just ordered will be more than enough for one person????

    My campfire-side chat buddies all seem interested in going in on a big jug together....but if you've barely put a dent in yours, it would seem prudent to stick to individual 1# bags (at the most)

    Bob, you should start bagging little 2# weight bags with talc in them to use like a rosin bag, throwing them in a little plactic zip lock bag with a label on them and sell them to dive shops for $4.00 each which they can then mark up to $12.99 each!



    WK
     
  14. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    An old gym sock works OK for the DIY types.
    I load 12 fl oz plastic squeeze bottles for the dive shop down the street, print up little labels with their logo on them too. They retail for only $6, the guys like to discount. ;)
    A pound of talc should come up to about 3 quarts. It'll last you a while.

    I dive Vikings & Unisuits (neoprene) so I can get away with using silicone, though I much prefer hand lotion.
    Don't use those lubes on mere mortal suits.
    :mean:
     
  15. arcticcat

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    any reason to not use corn starch.
    is there better stuff.
    i assume the use we are talking is dry suit seals, any other use in diving?
     
  16. DNAXdiver

    DNAXdiver Nassau Grouper

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    Actually for what its worth one of the divsuit companies I think its OSS does say to use silicone apparently the solvent and cement they recommend for repairs is particularly tolerant of silicone.



     
  17. Mverick

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    I just received my talk from McMaster.

    And if you're thinking of ordering some from them, Bob3 was right. It's a whole lotta talc.

    And you'll pee yourself when you see how much comes to your door.

    I could probably jump in the thing and talc myself up before I get in my dry suit.

    Won't need any for a while though. Neither will my Great Grand children. And I don't even have kids yet.
     
  18. squidguy

    squidguy Nassau Grouper

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    Just to mention another source fer talc: check any outdoor shop or climbing place that sells climbing gear. They should have chalk in plastic bottles or bags to refill the chalk balls used to dry sweaty hands.:eek:ut:
     
  19. taat2d

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    Anyone know of a website where I can order unscented talc? For some reason I can't seem to find it in any of my local drug stores, or big chain drug stores.

    And someone on here said that baby powder is a no-no? I think.
     
  20. Soggy

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    I have had the same trouble...

    The theory is that the fragrance in baby powder isn't good.

    An alternative is KY jelly or the silicon seal saver stuff you can get at any dive shop.
     

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