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Fusion questions

Discussion in 'Whites Manufacturing' started by Kern, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That truly sux. Sorry.

    I use the Trident DA22 drysuit hanger. It's not very expensive and fits inside my fusion perfectly without stressing the neck seal.

    Leave them together. Actually I'm probabally wierd in this one:
    • Flip suit inside out and hang until the condensation is dry, about 30-45 minutes.
    • Flip suit back rightside out.
    • Get into suit wearing street clothes. Zip up brass zipper only.
    • Get into shower.
    • Luxuriate.
    • Get out of suit and hang to dry (about 1 to 2 hours, skin attached).

    Flat.

    US as far as I know, but Tyler is the authority (as in all things Fusion related).

    <shrugs> Sounds like they're too big to me - if your LDS has a smaller pair give them a try?

    Seal Saver every 4-5 dives or so, and zipper wax almost every dive, inside and out.


    Enjoy!


    All the best, James
     
  2. Kern

    Kern Contributor

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    Thanx for all the info & ideas people.

    As I don't have to separate the layers, cleaning the suit sounds pretty strait forward. Might try the weirdos' idea. :)

    As to drying the suit. I think I'll start out with the simplicity of Phils' method & maybe try one of James hangers maybe even a modification of a modified Dalton.

    I'v had a Cressi Ice semi wet for many years, so have lots of experience with brass zips & fold in neo seals. But have heard some horror stories about latex seals (which I have no experience with) so thought I'd access some of your expertise on the subject.

    James, alas, there are no whites dealers in Oz that I know about. As a consequence, my LDS for Whites products is in Illinois. I have however already organised with uncle Mike to make the swap. Oddly enough, this will probably be just as quick, if not quicker than dealing with any LDS/distributor I'v dealt with in Oz to date.
     
  3. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Latex seals are somewhat delicate. They don't like ozone or any hydrocarbons, so they need to be kept away from heaters, big electrical items, and car exhaust (don't hang your suit in your garage!) Several sources recommend cleaning skin oil off the latex with a dilute detergent solution, although they differ in how often they say this should be done. Any fragrance or oil should be kept away from latex seals (so don't use skin lotion before you dive).

    I've learned about everything there is said about maintenance of latex seals, but I still go through a neck seal every 50 dives or so.
     
  4. Kern

    Kern Contributor

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    Thanx TS&M that's exactly the sort of thing I needed to know.

    I'd imagine the "no skin lotion" stricture would apply to sun block too.

    Egads, a new neck seal every 50 dives, what have I got myself into. :11: :D

    Would Aquaseal food grade silicon pump spray do as well as seal saver to condition the seals.
     
  5. skdvr

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  6. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    BTW, that's ME -- most people get far more dives off a neck seal! I have come to the bitter conclusion that something in my skin oil eats latex. When the neck seal on the Fusion fails (note that I don't say IF) I'll replace it with a neoprene one.
     
  7. LG Diver

    LG Diver DIR Practitioner

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    I would keep any form of silicone away from seals. It won't necessarily harm the seal itself, but it will penetrate into the suit material and prevent adhesives from sticking to the suit, making seal replacement very difficult.
     
  8. fdog

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    While this may be what DUI passes on for their suits (since it makes seal replacement more of a chore for them), it is not applicable to Whites drysuits. It certainly has no bearing on the adhesive used to glue on the seals for the Fusion.

    Seal Saver contains silicone, and is reccomended by the manufacturer; my experience is that it really does extend the life of latex seals significantly, and has no effect on repairs or seal replacement.


    I suppose you could use spray-on silicone, but you'd be missing out on the UV inhibitors that Seal Saver contains, and is a big part of its benefit.


    All the best, James
     
  9. Kern

    Kern Contributor

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    Thanx James, looks like it's seal saver over pump spray.

    LG I'd be interested in hearing what you use to protect your DS seals.
     
  10. LG Diver

    LG Diver DIR Practitioner

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    Just plain ol' talc.
     

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