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Pistol Pete

Hey guys,

I just bought an O'Neill dry suit off of ebay. I've never had one before.

What do I need to know about lubing the zipper and seals? Bee's wax on the zipper and baby powder on the seals?

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edwin

keeping the zipper lubed and seals powdered is about it. only other thing I do is store it indoors away from the light.

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Peacock

I was taught to spray the seals with food grade silicone spray. I've had my suit for 4 years, and there is no signs of the seals cracking or degrading at all. It also makes it easy to put the suit on.

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chathamsolutions

That's it Pete. Those guys nailed it.

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Pistol Pete

What exactly is food grade silicone?

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Big Mac
What exactly is food grade silicone?

Look at this site for an example. It's hard stuff to find in stores.

The same stuff works very well for lubing the raw water pump impeller when you change it. It doesn't break the rubber down like petroleum-based lubes (Vasoline), and it's slippier and more peristent than binding lube or dish soap, which can dry out between the time you install the impeller and the time you crank the boat over in the water, leading in turn to a dry start and impeller wear.

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jgouveia3

here is the stuff I use on my latest BI drysuit:

Silicone Spray

One manufactorer I used to work with said to NOT use Baby Powder, but I used it for 12 years before I had a seal problem, so who knows.

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chathamsolutions

Welcome to the site Big Mac.

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Big Mac
Welcome to the site Big Mac.
Thank you. I've been lurking for awhile. Nice place you have here... Biggrin.gif Edited by Big Mac

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Slalom Frog

I agree with the silicone option and keeping it out of the sun whenever possible. You can also find food grade silicone through McMaster Carr, industrial supply catalog superstore! Use plenty of the silicone and use it ofter.

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