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Akona Wetsuit Seals stuck (like GLUED) together!?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by pThrift, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. pThrift

    pThrift Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Danville, Virginia, United States
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    So I'm at the quarry this afternoon, I pull my 7mil suit out, and start to put it on. I get my foot in but reach some resistance at the bottom in the cuff. I think it's just the way I'm putting it on, so I attempt to pull the other leg on. Same result.

    What the world? So I pull it completely off, and begin to investigate. The slick neoprene seals are like glued together. After some google-ing, I see the error in my ways (no talc powder, etc, when stored)

    But my real question is, how do I get it un-stuck? Tried prying it apart at quarry, neoprene started to rip. I get it wet, thinking it will help, no avail. What do I do? The wetsuit is less than 2 months old, but IDK if this is a warranty issue, or a user error.

    If I'm boned on warranty (it was purchased at LDS that's authorized dealer) then how do I salvage this thing? The entire seal is stuck stuck. Both legs, one arm.

    :idk::idk:

    ---------- Post Merged on August 2nd, 2012 at 06:27 PM ---------- Previous Post was on August 1st, 2012 at 09:50 PM ----------

    no response? Nobody has had this happen & salvaged the suit?
     
  2. larsdennert

    larsdennert Photographer

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    You ever come up with a solution? I can find nothing on this topic.
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
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    The original poster hasn’t been on SB since 2014.
     
  4. larsdennert

    larsdennert Photographer

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  5. jale

    jale Contributor

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    if you store neoprene, always talc it and never leave neo against neo or it will weld together.
    At least put a piece of fabric or paper into the seals. :)
     
  6. Julius SCHMIDT

    Julius SCHMIDT Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alexandra Headland
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    Apply some Toluene in there, or some scissors ready for the new seals
     
  7. Silt Life

    Silt Life Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Hotlanta
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    Glad this thread was resurrected. I just went and stuffed some wax paper into my wrist and ankle openings on my Akona 5 mil~!
     
  8. Julius SCHMIDT

    Julius SCHMIDT Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alexandra Headland
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    Yeah it's interesting how someone usually contributes how old the thread is or what the original poster isn't doing, and then we have new life, and this time some answers, and helpful information, preventative wax paper what a great idea
    I might go see my mum and raid her supply
     
  9. larsdennert

    larsdennert Photographer

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    Thanks for the advice. The issue is with my old semi dry scubapro suit. I wasn't smart back then and the wrist and ankle seals progressively stuck together. It's got hundreds of dives on it. I have a new Bare semi dry and have always been careful to leave the seals turned apart when dryng it.

    My fifteen year old now fits into that old size small. I was wondering if I could resurrect the seals. The water was 53F yesterday. He was pretty warm considering. I may try with the toluene and report back if it works or try it on some test material.
     

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