It happened again 🤦♂️
The dreaded black ring around my neck after surfing.
It seems to happen to all of my wetsuits after 2 or 3 years. The neck of the wetsuit starts to “melt” onto my neck. The latest victim is my 3/2 Xcel Drylock.
It feels gross, and I have to scrub it off with soap and paper towel after every surf.
But hey, I can’t just ditch a $500 wetsuit, so I decided to get crafty.
$11.95 and two Prime days later, I had the solution: Aquaseal neoprene westuit cement.
This stuff comes out like gooey paint, and dries into a somewhat flexible rubbery coating.
As per the instructions, I did one coat around the entire neck of the wetsuit (the inside part, that comes in contact with my neck)… waited 5 minutes… did another coat and let it dry for 10 minutes ⌚️
I worked on half of the neck at a time, because it was too tricky to do the whole neck at once.
After letting it cure overnight just to be safe, I tested it out the next morning.
While it felt a little “crustier” than normal, it still sealed the water out pretty well, and didn’t leave any black marks.
$11.95 to salvage a $500 wetsuit… job well done Stevie 👏