OS Systems
Frequently Asked Questions

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I have been told never to use silicone on my seals and to use talc instead. Is that right?
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Silicone is an excellent preservative of rubber products … including latex!   Proper application of silicone will keep your latex soft, supple and free from deterioration indefinitely. Silicone is strongly advised in use on all OS Systems seals.   However, if you are using another brand of suit, silicone can soften some glues and the result can be a seal that pops off!

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Why do I need to use the Zipper Ease that came with the suit instead of paraffin.
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Zipper Ease is a softened zipper lubricant that will stick to the zipper even when exposed to extreme cold.   This provides consistent lubrication each time you operate the zipper.   Paraffin, on the other hand, is hard and will flake off each time the zipper is operated requiring lubrication every time the zipper is moved.

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I cut my suit on something sharp.  Can I repair it myself or do I have to send it to the factory?
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Repairs are quite easy!   We have full instructions on the repair page.   You can effect a temporary repair by applying a single smooth layer of duct tape to the inside of the suit over the cut.   The only repairs that cannot be done by you or your dealer are suit alterations or zipper replacement.

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Does it matter if I have my zipper opened or closed when I put my suit away?
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The zipper should remain open any time the suit is not on you body.   When open, it is very flexible and can be rolled easily for storage.   However, when closed, it loses it's flexibility and can be bent or broken just by folding.

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I got some gunk on my suit that doesn't come off with regular soap and water.   Is there a safe cleaner I can use on the suit?
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Cleaning is pretty simple. Any liquid soap that you can use on your dishes should be pretty safe. You don't want to use any harsh chemicals like dishwashing soaps or laundry additives. For stubborn stains, try rubbing the stain with a small amount of liquid fabric softener and then wash it off with soap and water. For really stubborn oil based stains, you can use an orange cleaner and water or even hit it with hair spray and wipe off immediately. Yeah … I said hairspray! It is a very fine lacquer and the thinner in it should disolve the oil layer nicely.

 
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