Wetsuit Care & Maintenance

Wetsuit care and maintenance is vital in making your wetsuit last for years. Here's some tips that should help you be aware of potential problems that could arise.

 

How to put on, take off and maintain your wetsuit.

 

Wetsuit Troubleshooting

ISSUES  REASONS PREVENTIONS
  • Small tears on the inside of the wetsuit
  • Pulling or digging fingertips into the neoprene on the inside of the wetsuit
  • Not using enough wetsuit wash when lubricating and donning open cell wetsuits
  • Only pulling on nylon lined part of the wetsuit
  • Use more wetsuit wash to lubricate wetsuit 
  • Push cuffs over hands and ankles, do not pull
  • Broken stitching
  • Over stretching the wetsuit
  • Brushing up against something sharp (ex. reef) 
  • Pulling on stitching when donning or taking off wetsuit
  • Use more wetsuit wash to lubricate wetsuit before donning
  • Start at the beaver tail before pulling off your wetsuit (watch the video)
  • Reinforced stitching cracking/peeling
  • It is made to be an added protection to the stitching but is a sacrificial layer.
  • Drying in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time
  • Wetsuit staying wet for prolonged period of time
  • Not drying suit on hangar, or leaving suit creased up
  • Hang dry wetsuit out of direct sunlight starting inside out until dry then turning right side out to dry using a hangar
  • Maintain with wetsuit glue by removing bad areas then applying fresh wetsuit glue to stitching and allow to cure for 72 hours.
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  • Wetsuit fading, sticking together or delaminating 
  • Drying suit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time
  • Wetsuit stored in hot area
  • Wetsuit not properly dried before storing
  • Wetsuit not on hangar when stored and dried
  • Hang dry wetsuit out of direct sunlight starting inside out until dry then turning right side out to dry using a hangar
  • Store wetsuit in cool area that is not exposed to excessive heat
  • Wetsuit developing strong odors
  • Not properly washing and rinsing wetsuit
  • Not properly hung when drying thoroughly
  • Stored in moist and/or wet conditions