I have a new Kokatat Meridian Goretex dry suit. Last night when I was waxing the zippers I found the pee zipper stuck in the closed position. I pulled on the zipper as much as I dared, squirted 303 on the clasp and then used liquid soap, a tooth brush and warm water. The zipper finally freed up enough to open. Once I got the zipper freed up it worked fine.
How important is it to wash a dry suit after it's been in salt water? If you use the dry suit in salt water on weekends should you machine wash it before each use?
Should you store the suit with the zippers open or zippers closed?
When you wax the zipper should you also wax the inside zipper teeth as well as the outside?
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Jan-24-13 11:58 AM (EST)
I would send these exact questions to Kokatat (http://www.kokatat.com/contacts). They are pretty good at responding.
Posted by: suiram on Jan-24-13 12:00 PM (EST)
Rinse every time after salt water|
Posted by: Celia on Jan-24-13 2:27 PM (EST)
We live in the dry suits when we go to Maine, and while you have some leeway in fresh water we have found that zippers love to seize up in salt water. I usually try to just walk right into the shower with it, run cold water over it and take it off there. After every paddle. It's usually already pretty wet anyway. In fact I go in wearing everything - skirt, shoes etc. It makes for a much more efficient rinse.
Posted by: bonnoughj on Jan-24-13 3:13 PM (EST)
tread, as I just ordered one of these suits.. I look forward to seeing all the information about this.
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Posted by: suzanneh on Jan-24-13 3:34 PM (EST)
That 303 goes on the gaskets only|
Posted by: pikabike on Jan-24-13 5:24 PM (EST)
Not on the suit fabric. Just in case you were wondering...
Posted by: willi_h2o on Jan-24-13 3:53 PM (EST)
Lots of good advice........|
Posted by: chodups on Jan-24-13 8:34 PM (EST)
Dry Suit zippers|
Posted by: jerrysmith on Jan-24-13 10:05 PM (EST)
According to Kokotat, leave the zippers open for storage (you want them to relax). Lube them with "Zip Wax", or my personal favorite, Parrafin (a candle works fine, since it's parrafin).
Chapstick on zippers|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Jan-25-13 8:01 AM (EST)
smells nice too and convenient to carry with my gear.
Posted by: suzanneh on Jan-25-13 8:52 AM (EST)
I have mentioned it before but no chapstick on the zippers. It isn't a wax, it is petroleum based, it is sticky and could attract stuff into the zipper teeth. They make a stick of zip wax, you could keep that in your pocket and use it on both your lips and the zipper. That would be a better option than the other way around!
Goretex and chemicals|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jan-25-13 10:47 AM (EST)
Yeah, be super careful about what kinds of materials you use for both lubricant and cleaning with Goretex.