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2009-07-18 11:01 AM

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Subject: Using Baby oil under wetsuit?
Anybody have any experience with this?    My wetsuit always came off easily last year but this year it is really sticking for some reason (not due to any weight gain).    Body glide doesn't really help; have found that when I use sunscreen on legs and arms, it slips right off.    Was wondering if baby oil would be OK.   Would it harm the suit?    I am NOT going to use cooking spray - I have been told that it is definitely not good for the wetsuit.  

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2009-07-18 11:09 AM
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I am no help on if it will hurt the wetsuit, but you will burn real bad in the sun with baby oil.
2009-07-18 11:09 AM
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Baby oil is mineral oil, which will not interact well with the rubber in your suit.  A spray can of Pam will do wonders.

2009-07-18 11:14 AM
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TriPatrick - 2009-07-18 12:09 PM I am no help on if it will hurt the wetsuit, but you will burn real bad in the sun with baby oil.


Never thought about the effect of the sun.   THANKS!
2009-07-18 11:14 AM
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Well, baby oil is fragranced mineral oil. I know petroleum products are bad for wetsuits but not sure about mineral oil. I wouldnt risk it though. How about KY???

2009-07-18 11:14 AM
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I don't think I would do it.  I'd stick with something designed for wetsuits.  I found this on the Trisports site and it looks interesting. 

http://www.trisports.com/triswim-trislide-aerosol-skin-glide.html



2009-07-18 11:30 AM
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Use the KY Jelly store-brand equivalent (Target, Walgreens, CVS, whatever) - it's relatively cheap, safe on wetsuits, and works well. I'm leery of using anything labeled "oil" on neoprene & synthetics, but YMMV...

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2009-07-18 11:34 AM
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curious as to why body glide doesn't work. Where is the wetsuit sticking? I body glide my calves ankles and it slides right off
2009-07-18 12:17 PM
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ChrisM - 2009-07-18 12:34 PM curious as to why body glide doesn't work. Where is the wetsuit sticking? I body glide my calves ankles and it slides right off


Once I get to my ankles, I'm OK.   It is totally sticking to my biceps and calves (and really! they aren't that bigLaughing
2009-07-18 2:42 PM
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I know that when I got my Orca wetsuit, in the owners information it actually SUGGESTED using Baby oil as a lubricant - so I would HOPE it's okaY!! (I've used it, and my wetsuit hasn't fallen apart yet.....)

p.s. Just found this quote on a FAQ page from AllWetsuits.com

"Are there any lubricants I should avoid using with my wetsuit?
Yes. Petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline will actually rot your suit. You also won't want to use water-soluble lubricants because they'll dissolve while you're swimming. Stick to products such as baby oil, vegetable oil, or silicone gel."
2009-07-18 2:54 PM
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i use nonstick cooking spray... sometimes i like to use the butter scented cause it reminds me of cooking eggs and smelling that in the morning is motivating.


2009-07-18 3:02 PM
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So do you spray the suit or your body with cooking spray? SPF of Pam?
2009-07-18 3:09 PM
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i spray the palm of my hand so it pools and makes a liquid.  Then i rub it on my ankles/calves.  I don't use a full sleeve wetsuit but my cousin does and he sprays his wrists and biceps.
2009-07-18 3:23 PM
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jsnowash - 2009-07-18 3:42 PM I know that when I got my Orca wetsuit, in the owners information it actually SUGGESTED using Baby oil as a lubricant - so I would HOPE it's okaY!! (I've used it, and my wetsuit hasn't fallen apart yet.....) p.s. Just found this quote on a FAQ page from AllWetsuits.com "Are there any lubricants I should avoid using with my wetsuit? Yes. Petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline will actually rot your suit. You also won't want to use water-soluble lubricants because they'll dissolve while you're swimming. Stick to products such as baby oil, vegetable oil, or silicone gel."


I think I will try the baby oil tomorrow.   No worries of sunburn.   Don't think it is going to be sunny.  
2009-07-18 3:35 PM
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I thought Pam was bad for wetsuits?

2009-07-18 6:32 PM
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I use trislide and it's worked well for the entire time I've had my suit. If I ran out I wouldn't have a problem using Pam until I got some more, though. You just smell really good for the whole race and make people hungry


2009-07-18 10:39 PM
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I was told not to use vasoline or baby oil when I purchased my wetsuit.  They were out of body glide so I went to a dive shop and found a product called "suit juice"  It seems to work fine and it's chemical free and environmentally safe and made in the USA.   

www.suitjuice.com
2009-07-18 11:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Using Baby oil under wetsuit?
the two things i have used that work are:

PAM, or suit juice (this stuff is slippery like you would not believe)

i use pam on a regular basis, and will trash my suit from taking it off on parking lots quickly WAY faster than that will ever hurt the suit, works well, and is cheap.

i spray it on my wrists, feet and ankles, and down the sleeves and legs fo the suit, sucker just falls off.
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