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#11 Ian Burrett

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 02:47 AM

What ever you do, don't put in the tumble drier.

Its wacky. The outer layer stays the same but the inner layer shrinks to the size of a three year old.
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 03:02 AM

you have to be in this life gus :D :D :D :D
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 03:43 AM

I am thanks to a floatation suit.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 03:49 AM

I had a smelly problem with mine. :(

So I put it on and the good lady jet sprayed me with the car washer using one of those liquid detergents, rinsed me of and left me to dry. :)

Two coats of waterproofing spray, good as new. :D :D
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:23 AM

Ken Davison South Wales:
So I put it on and the good lady jet sprayed me with the car washer using one of those liquid detergents, rinsed me of and left me to dry.   :)  

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The guy was after help, as usual you are just plain old Kinky................
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 05:43 AM

You got the good lady in one :D , its true and it worked well.

I kicked a bit when she hung me on the line. :D

She would not let me put it in the washing machine. :(

It was only the front from the chest down to the bottom of the leggings of my one piece that was stinking.

I tried hanging it on the line first, probably would have worked if I had put two house bricks in the legs, as it was the jet spray just blew it all over the place. :D

I stopped and thought it over and decided as it was waterproof I would let her jet me down. :D

She got a lot of things out of her system, many to do with me fishing, and I had a clean suit. :D
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 04:24 PM

With material like this, I will often lay them on a hard surface outside, get a hosepipe, possibly a mild detergent and a stiff broom. Not perfect, but it works well enough. This is if it is hopefully smelling of fish.....

If the inside is stinking I'd only handwash it for peace of mind. And peace of nasal senses. If that bothers you.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:36 PM

You could always pop into an out-door shop and get one of the detergent-free soaps (made by Nikwax or Grangers) that is advised for most outdoor gear. Pop it and your suit in a warm bath and an overnight soak with an occasional 'stir' will be as good as a washing machine cycle. If you have something to lay over the top of the water to hold the heat in it helps too (a karrimat does the job).

It should cause minimal harm to the floatation fabric and none to the breathability of the more expensive suits as long as they are well-rinsed. The specialist soaps even maintain some of the original water repellancy.

And then ... a couple of coats of water proofing -Fabsil Gold is best if you are not worried about breathability. The waterproofings that allow breathable fabrics to work all require heat to "activate" them which might be difficult to do with a floatation suit. And all of them are less effective if sprayed over a poorly rinsed surface still holding some soap.

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:41 PM

Mine mainly suffers from mud on the outside this time of the year when I go bait digging.

The bottom section of the legs despite rinsing off do remain stinking and the cuffs from picking the worms and holding fish whilst removing hooks.

The inside is as good as new.
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:56 PM

I,ve been putting floatation suits through the wash for the last 15years and never had a problem.