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  Neoprene toxic??
  Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-02-12 7:31 PM (EST)
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I bought a neoprene seat cushion for my kayak and decided to try it on my office chair. I noticed that it had a very strong odor and was affecting my breathing. I did a bit of research and discovered that neoprene off gasses are considered toxic. Is this a problem in a closed environment but not in or on the water? Is anyone concerned about this?

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  I used to be worried
  Posted by: rocdoc on Oct-02-12 7:44 PM (EST)
that it might cause brain damage but now it's not much of a prrrbtt czzrgthb tomato refrigerator whaaaass
  Technique used in manufacturing
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-02-12 8:45 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Oct-02-12 8:48 PM EST --

It is NOT all equal and processing varies.
The stuff has been around since the 1930's .

There may be some unreacted polymer residues
and/or degraded products in it that ""may""
appear as outgassed components.

Neoprene is a homopolymer of chloroprene (chlorobutadiene).

  I'd be more concerned
  Posted by: sapien on Oct-02-12 9:15 PM (EST)
about the strong odor that affects your breathing from neoprene booties.
  Always got a rash from my wetsuit until
  Posted by: suntan on Oct-02-12 10:25 PM (EST)
I started wearing a full body, nylon suit under it.
  Don't buy cheap chineses neoprene
  Posted by: seadart on Oct-02-12 11:53 PM (EST)
What you are smelling are co-solvents and unreacted monomers (which are toxic). Cheap Chinese neoprene is known to have lots of residual solvents like benzene, xylene and chorinated hydrocarbons.

Air the stuff out in the sunshine for a long time before you use it.
  Guess I will have to pass
  Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Oct-03-12 6:19 AM (EST)
up the $20 wetsuit at Decathlon Sports when I go to Beijing the week after next
  Put it out in the sun for week ...
  Posted by: seadart on Oct-05-12 10:24 PM (EST)
and scrub it down with dish soap.
  Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-05-12 9:28 PM (EST)
I had to get rid of this thing. After airing outdoors for several days it was still obnoxious. My neoprene booties and mukluks don't smell a bit.
  Might have been the glue
  Posted by: pikabike on Oct-05-12 10:08 PM (EST)
I assume the seat had a fabric cover, which might have been glued on with something fumaceous.

All my neoprene has smelled simply like neoprene, nothing strong or sickening. It loses intensity with time, airing, and use anyway.

It's also possible that the seat was stored with strong odors from something else and absorbed the fumes.
  More likely what Seadart said
  Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-06-12 10:00 AM (EST)
The odor was definitely from the neoprene side and did not diminish at all after being left outdoors for several days.

  You need to stop.....
  Posted by: Roanguy on Oct-03-12 6:15 AM (EST)
eating beans morning, noon and night!
Or start taking Beano

  next time smell BEFORE sitting on it
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-03-12 3:11 PM (EST)


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