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    Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Hi
    I decided to share with you my experiment - the goal: water-resistant sting ray strap.
    My old sting-ray strap started to produce quite unpleasant odor because of hot and humid summer, so my next strap was to be improved.
    The idea - to make it double layered with inner and outer sides made from sting ray (i reckon if a sting ray lives in an ocean its skin should repel water?)
    So, here is the result. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas.

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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Strange, this did not came through from the first time. So this is try number 2.
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Looks like it turned out great, but your assumption about stingray being water resistant because it lived in the ocean is unfortunately incorrect. The hides have gone through a tanning process, so that they can be used like leather, and that has removed the natural characteristics of the hide. You;re left with the beauty of it, but not all the function. Same goes for fish, croc, alligator, frog, snake, lizard, or any other water-based or amphibious creature - once the hides are tanned, they no longer retain the function they had when they were alive.

    Your best bet to combat moisture is either a properly moisture and odor repellant liner (i.e. cork), or the application of something to do it for you. There are a few product that will work well, I would recomment the food grade silicone spray. You'll find it at a scuba supply store, or online - either way it is not expensinve. A thin application to the liner of your strap once in a while (don't over do it) will keep it from being able to absorb moisure and odor. A thin application of gum trag will dothe same thing, on a weaker scale - you would need to re-apply that more often.
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Thank you for such informative reply. Can you be more specific about the silicon spray, please. Any brand recommendations? If I apply the silicon on sting-ray will it in any way change the look? Thanks
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Silicone spray should not change the color or patina of the strap if you stick to a pure silicone product, with little to no additives.
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Thanks. But still who sells that stuff? Arts stores or office supplies?
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    If you don't have a water sports supply store in your area, check out something like ebay item # 181347756334.
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    I use the McNett brand silicone spray. Its a pump bottle. Dive shops carry it. Its used to clean silicone diving gear and as a lubricant to assist in getting wet suits on/off.
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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    I wouldn't use silicone on the inside, it's not really good for you. You could do what Zenith does with their pilot strap and use a thin layer of soft rubber on the inside. I have a strap made that way and it is very nice.

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    Re: Water Resistant Sting Ray double layer strap

    Quote Originally Posted by igorycha View Post
    Hi
    I decided to share with you my experiment - the goal: water-resistant sting ray strap.
    My old sting-ray strap started to produce quite unpleasant odor because of hot and humid summer, so my next strap was to be improved.
    The idea - to make it double layered with inner and outer sides made from sting ray (i reckon if a sting ray lives in an ocean its skin should repel water?)
    So, here is the result. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas.

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    so did you polish the inside? is it comfortable? scales or whatever are quite hard on the stingrays and can even feel sharp. just wondered if it felt ok against your wrist.

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