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    Wetsuit Storage in Garage?

    Hey guys, got a quick question. I've hung my wetsuits in my closet, but I've noticed they impart a rather dank smell on my other clothes hanging up in there. Not exactly the most attractive smell to have on your clothes. So I'm thinking about hanging them up in my garage, but just wanted to double check and make sure that wouldn't cause any premature aging to the suits. My thought was that maybe the temperature fluctuating in the garage (hotter in the day, cooling off at night) would have some negative effect on the neoprene? My guess is that it wouldn't, but I don't know for sure and didn't want to take the risk without knowing. Anybody know the answer?

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    I just started storing my suits in my garage, only because, I finally have a garage to make it possible.
    I will say that when I hang my suits up and they are wet, then they essentially never dry out completely. They are always slightly damp, which is not so good.

    I'd say, if you can get your suit dry, before storing in the garage, that would be ideal...

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    I keep mine in the garage year round. The temperature does fluctuate some, but our garage doors are insulated so it's never freezing or burning hot. my wetsuit does show signs of wear but its probably because its 6 years old

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    Yeah it never really "dries" in the winter. Can be cold in the mornings, I store mine indoors for the seasons i'm not using them though.

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    Make sure there's not a lot of VOCs floating around... some vapors can accelerate the deterioration of neoprene rubber. Gasoline, acetone, etc... all kinds of solvents... are all bad for neoprene, so keep those caps on tight.
    Last edited by LBCrew; May 8, 2013 at 06:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkegLegs View Post
    Yeah it never really "dries" in the winter. Can be cold in the mornings, I store mine indoors for the seasons i'm not using them though.
    this is actually a good thing. Wetsuits last the longest when kept damp. They might stink, but they won't dry rot
    The worst is dry heat

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Make sure there's not a lot of VOCs floating around... some vapors can accelerate the deterioration of neoprene rubber. Gasoline, acetone, etc... all kinds of solvents... are all bad for neoprene, so keep those caps on tight.
    Actually that's not the case. Neoprene is very resistent to VOCs including gasoline. It's actually used as seals in gasoline and chemical piping sometimes. That nice neoprene smell we all love is pure VOCs actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkbug View Post
    Neoprene is very resistent to VOCs including gasoline. It's actually used as seals in gasoline and chemical piping sometimes.
    Depends on the kind of neoprene, I guess. But according to this chemical resistance chart, it says highly degradable in gasoline and other solvents like xylene and mek, common in garages and board shops...

    http://www.ansellpro.com/download/An...tanceGuide.pdf

    Just google "wetsuit gasoline" and you'll see lots of references and recommendations.
    Last edited by LBCrew; May 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM.

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    Well thanks guys, sounds like as a whole it should be safe to store it out there. And whether VOC's are harmful or not shouldn't matter as there are none or very few in this garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Depends on the kind of neoprene, I guess. But according to this chemical resistance chart, it says highly degradable in gasonline and other solvents like xylene and mek, common in garages and board shops...

    http://www.ansellpro.com/download/An...tanceGuide.pdf

    Just google "wetsuit gasoline" and you'll see lots of references and recommendations.
    If the gasoline vapors in your garage are concentrated enough to break down neoprene, you have a lot bigger issue than wetsuit storage. Consider what that is doing to your body as you inhale it.