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dying wetsuits

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The first suit I dyed had bright light blue stripes on the sides and there gone .after 50 or so dives it's only turned a dark olive green and I mean dark.The new suit I dyed didn't do so well ,it was brand new never worn so the dye did't work so good but the suit is still soft and stretchy. If the suit is all black you don't need to dye it at all just use textile paint to camo it .Any pics of the suit or a web link?
 
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A few cans of hardware store spray paint works wonders.
 
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Mattedhead said:
A few cans of hardware store spray paint works wonders.

You don't want to use spray paint on anything made out of neoprene unless you want it to selfdestruct.Craft stores have the paint you need .I choose a paint that covers the surface instead of soaking in so the suit would remain flexable.
 
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Maybe I should add more info....I have several OMER camo suits, but I needed a thinner suit for midsummer diving. I took one of my old surfing wetsuits and applied spraypaint. 2 years later it shows no ill effects. One of my good dive buddies has done the same and with little time, they can look pretty good. I could see rubber degradation being an issue if sprayed onto a wetsuit that is open cell neoprene on the outside...however if you can afford that type of suit...well, spraypainting wouldn't be your first option. I would assume that any suit that a person is condsidering spraypainting is of lesser price/quality. This typically means that it is covered in a nylon sheath. The paint is sprayed onto this.
 
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