Be sure to rinse your wetsuit with fresh water after each use and hang to dry on a sturdy wide hanger. If you use your wetsuit in salt water or a chlorinated pool, you should rinse it more thoroughly after use and wash it more frequently with a wetsuit shampoo. Wetsuit specific shampoos have conditioners and chlorine removers that will help to extend the life of your wetsuit.
You should store your wetsuit right side out on a wide hanger or lying flat to minimize folding and creasing. Creases can become permanent and lead to premature cracking of smoothskin materials.
Eventually your wetsuit may start to develop some odors. If rinsing and shampooing the wetsuit does not get rid of the smell, you can treat the wetsuit with Mirazyme odor eliminator.
How should I store my wetsuit?
It is best to store your wetsuit right side out, either lying flat or hanging on a wide hanger. Folding the suit can lead to creasing which will eventually weaken the material. If you use a hanger that is too skinny, it can cause stretching of the shoulders.
How long should my wetsuit last?
Neoprene tends to lose some of its flexibility as it ages, so athletes who use a wetsuit just a few times a year will probably find that their wetsuit never wears out, but after 5-6years, it won’t feel as good as it did when it was new. If you are lucky enough to spend a lot of time on the water, you can expect to get up to 100 days of use in your wetsuit before some areas of the neoprene will need to be repaired or replaced. Consistent exposure to saltwater and sunlight will also shorten the life of neoprene.
Wetsuit Repair -
Larger repairs should generally be left to a professional, but you can repair small fingernail gouges yourself in just a few minutes. Fingernail cuts can occur on the smoothskin surfaces of a wetsuit if you are not careful. These gouges are not covered under warranty, but are easy to repair at home. Repairing them is a simple 10-15 minute job.
We recommend using Seal Cement from McNett for at home repairs. This wetsuit specific glue works like contact cement. It comes in a 4-ounce can that includes a small brush attached inside the lid.
Seal Cement is black and stays flexible after it dries so it will stretch along with the wetsuit.
Pinch the wetsuit at the point of the cut so that the cut opens up to reveal the surfaces that need to be glued back together.
Apply a thin layer of glue to both surfaces. Continue to fold the cut open while the glue dries. This will take about 10 minutes. Apply a second coat and allow to cure for 2 minutes.
Flatten out the wetsuit so that the two surfaces come togeather evenly. The bond is instant.
Pinch the area that has been bonded.
That's it. Wait at least one hour before using.
Tears over 1” or tears that go all the way through the material may need to be reinforced on the inside with seam tape. We can supply glue-on seam tape for this type of repair.
We maintain a full service wetsuit repair department for service on ProMotion brand wetsuits as well as most other brands. Please follow the link below for our Pro Wetsuit Repair Service.
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ProMotion Wetsuits Warranty -
ProMotion wetsuits carry a Lifetime Warranty on seam construction.
Nylon II materials are warranted for 1 year.
Nylon I (smoothskin) and ExoSkin materials are warranted for 6 months from original date of purchase.
Products that are found to be defective within the warranty period under normal use and care will be repaired or replaced at our discretion.
Damage due to sun exposure (fading or cracking) and normal wear and tear (fingernail gouges, fin cuts, harness rubbing) is not covered under the warranty but can be repaired for a reasonable fee.
Do-it-yourself repairs may void the warranty if they damage the suit further and/or complicate our professional repairs. Seam repairs will not be covered under warranty if they are not addressed in a timely manner and the tear spreads into the fabric of the suit.
Repair or replacement of wetsuits not under warranty will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. ProMotion does offer a prorated discount on non-warranty repairs based on the age of the suit, amount of use, degree of care, and nature of the damage. If the suit cannot be repaired for a reasonable cost, a discounted replacement may be offered to the customer.