How to protect neoprene neck and wrist seals

To protect neoprene neck and wrist seals on drysuits, you can follow these tips:

  1. Rinse with Fresh Water: After each use, rinse the neoprene seals with fresh water to remove salt, sand, and other debris. This helps prevent the buildup of salt crystals that can deteriorate the material over time.

  2. Avoid Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can damage neoprene. Always store your wetsuit or drysuit in a cool, shaded area when not in use. Avoid leaving it in a hot car or in direct sunlight for extended periods.

  3. Use a Drysuit Hanger: Hang your drysuit on a wide, padded hanger to maintain the shape of the seals. Avoid hanging it by the neck seal alone, as this can cause stretching and damage.

  4. Apply Silicone Lubricant: Occasionally apply a silicone-based lubricant to the neoprene seals. This helps keep the material supple and prevents it from becoming brittle. Ensure that the lubricant is compatible with neoprene.

  5. Inspect for Damage: Regularly inspect the seals for any signs of damage, such as tears, cracks, or wear. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further deterioration.

  6. Trim Excess Material: If the seals are too long and fold over, trim the excess material carefully. Use sharp scissors and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for trimming to avoid compromising the integrity of the seals.

  7. Avoid Sharp Objects: Be cautious when handling your wetsuit or drysuit around sharp objects, rocks, or rough surfaces. Sharp edges can puncture or damage the neoprene seals.

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