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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby Exal » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:43 pm

Did you try the neoprene cleaner? Liquid stuff you soak the wetty in it mixed with water. Mystic makes one and the one from rip curl is called piss off.

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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby DIALS » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:54 pm

Tried everything ,,this Skunk is not going away..It infects everything it comes in contact with..Trust me ..you will know when you have one of these suits...It will even make you nausea......

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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:30 pm

Easy fix... Flush through with fresh water after every session (tap, soak in a bath or garden hose). Hang the suit outdoors on a washing line (UV radiation kills most bacteria). Turn the suit inside out every 6 hrs or so. Your suit must dry within 24hrs ish. If it still smells use a watered down vinegar/water mix to reflush. This is no way the manufacturers or shops issue, it's 100% poor maintenace by the user. Suits that stink have been left wet or not flushed and turned inside out when drying.

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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby POACHER » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:06 pm

Right solution to a different problem Mr. Gruff....

These suits come BRAND NEW smelling profusely of rubber. You're referencing people just neglecting wetsuits and acquiring the Funk....of which your solution is sound. ***

This is an entirely different form of evil.



***(btw my fix for that is an inside out suit, 15 minute soak in fresh hot water, half a cup of OxyClean and hung inside out on a big shouldered hanger in a small room with a dehumidifier. Suit is back to good in no time.)
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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby nixmatters » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:39 pm

Mostly cheap petroleum neoprene wetsuits stink. Limestone neoprene doesn't.
Sheico uses limestone neoprene for most of the decent wetsuits they make. Neilpryde uses only Yamamoto limestone neoprene. Ripcurl suits don't stink and are most likely 100% limestone even if there is no mention in their website. I had a Gull Viper - didn't stink, but didnt stretch either. Decatlon 500/900 series don't stink and do stretch.

Lining fabrics dont stink when new. But those with more elastan/spandex can develop nasty sweat stink, which is nothing but dead bacteria that feeds off the elastane fiber lubricant (oil).

For stink developped later on, I can recommend this! Works quite well against sweat and pee stink.
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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby POACHER » Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:55 pm

nixmatters wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:39 pm
Mostly cheap petroleum neoprene wetsuits stink. Limestone neoprene doesn't.
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I agree.

I think the suits that are primarily windskin/smoothskin types are more prone to the heavy rubber odor.
(Battle jacket - complete Sharkskin/wind proof)

That said, my 100% windskin NP Elite and Eclipse suits didn't smell that bad. Completely odorless after a few uses.

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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby Werito » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:51 pm

DIALS wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:54 pm
Tried everything ,,this Skunk is not going away..It infects everything it comes in contact with..Trust me ..you will know when you have one of these suits...It will even make you nausea......
A funny detail I noticed was that the smell went away after washing machine wash, but got back after while when it was in contact with air. I had to store my jacket closed into 2 plastic bags in order to block the smell :D #neverbuymysticagain
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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby nixmatters » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:51 am

Werito wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:51 pm
DIALS wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:54 pm
Tried everything ,,this Skunk is not going away..It infects everything it comes in contact with..Trust me ..you will know when you have one of these suits...It will even make you nausea......
A funny detail I noticed was that the smell went away after washing machine wash, but got back after while when it was in contact with air. I had to store my jacket closed into 2 plastic bags in order to block the smell :D #neverbuymysticagain
if the stinnk is coming from the foam, the only solution is to... burn it! but that's not very environmentally friendly :lol:

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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby Peter_Frank » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:35 am

Isn't it just personal, whether you like or hate the neoprene smell?

I have had so many different brands of wetsuits in the 40 years of surfing.
And never one that was, or got, a stinking smell.

Only rinse in the shower on rare occasions if coming home in the suit being cold, otherwise never.

Sometimes I dry the suit(s) when home, but mostly not as only a little wet.
Life's too short wasting time on this, especially if out every day for periods.

I havent had any of these stink.

Also many GUL suits same brand as the OP.

That's why I think it's personal and nothing but that :thumb:

I love the odour of a wetsuit :naughty:

Wetshoes/boots though, can sometimes stink, don't know why when the wetsuits don't for most of us, is it different materials or something from our feet?
Or is it because all our sweat ends up down there?

8) Peter

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Re: New Wetsuit Skunk stink....

Postby jyka » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:00 am

^ Peter, normal wetsuit neoprene smell is "good" :D this is something totally different. Once when you get a wetsuit like this, you'll understand..

And as told, the smell is nothing coming from you, it's coming from problematic neoprene material. No matter how you rinse or wash it
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