Latex Seal / Gasket Care Information
Latex seals have a limited life. Here are a few things to help make them last as long as possible.
- Hydrocarbon (oil based) products damage Latex. Sunscreen and Insect repellent contain solvents to carry the active ingredient. The copper in Zinc sunscreen will also cause problems. Moisturizing creams . . . yes, ditto.
- Do not store your dry gear in any place where petrol fumes may be present (even if you can't smell any fumes). That nice dry shed where the petrol lawnmower lives, is not a good idea.
- UV light, both from some types of lighting, and of course the Sun, do the most damage. Always dry your gear in the shade, and store in a dark, dry place.
- Ozone gas is produced by electric motors, and also used in water purification (Spa and swimming pools). Don't store your latex gear nearby, as it is very harmful to latex.
- Silicone conditioning will help by creating a surface barrier to these attackers. Wash and dry before applying (using non-perfumed mild soap and water). DO NOT use Silicone from a Spraycan. The propellent is a hydrocarbon.
- Silicone conditioning also results in a smooth glossy surface. This makes it much easier to put on and also puts less stress on the latex.