Just wondering if there is an actual life span on a 3.2a/5 fire suit. I know the upper ones have to be certified ever few years but didn't know about the lower rating ones.
I have had mine for over 10 years and is showing a quite a bit of were. Does the fire rating diminish over years??
Yes they do not have to be re-certified but they do have limitations IMO. If its showing wear, replace it! Even though I am guilty of wearing my pants throughout the day, you should only have your suit on when you are in the car. This limits the amount of oil/fuel/grease etc that it is exposed to. This all degrades it ability to protect you.
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If its a Sparco, about 2 years then the zipper is junk. Happened more times than one......
Yep, had it happen to the jacket and pants on mine about 3 years ago. Hopefully they have that problem fixed by now
don't call and ask for help with the situation either. I just did yesterday, and was told, "yeah it has been happening, but its not a big deal, just take your two year old, $300 fire jacket to a seamstress and have a new one put in it.."
Where are the sparcos made?
Thats exactly what I was told 3 years ago, love the suit but the zippers suck. I guess they havent changed to a different zipper then
I thought Italy, could be wrong but zippers are from China for sure
I'v had my Simpson for at least 10 years and it still looks like new, never any issues with zippers. I will say washing in cold water with woolite and drip dry is the only way I have ever cleaned it, once at the end of each season.
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Get a new good hd zipper installed and lightly oil it with vegetable oil.. works great.. just a little
Bees wax is what you need to use on zippers.
I have heard that before about the bees wax.
For what it's worth - firesuits need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Normal laundering in cold water seems to be fine. Mine is a bit faded but still in good shape. One thing you can do to help the fire resistance is to soak the suit in a mixture of water and baking soda overnight, then hang it up - preferably outdoors and let it dry out. It also removes a lot of the body odor from sweat, etc.
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In 2005 I had a little problem that resulted in me being on fire.
The suit I was wearing at the time is the same suit that my dad was wearing in an old picture I have. The pic is from 1993 and the suit looked worn out then. I doubt if it was ever washed in between.
The suit had no elastic at the cuffs so my legs got burnt just a tiny bit, but if they hadn't cut the pants off of me, I would have kept wearing the suit.
Not saying any of this is best practice or a good idea, just sharing my experience.
For me it has always been when the grease stains are so bad, I get stressed wondering if it ***** will self-combust. Last one 10 years Got black this time
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I bought a case of this stuff a couple of years ago. My grandmother swore by the stuff and it does work. Not sure how many I have left.
As long as it isn't worn out, NOMEX should last a lifetime. It is a fire resistant product, not a treatment. Now, I'm sure that DuPont will tell you different as soon as they develop a newer product. Kind of like they did with R-12 Freon. It wasn't outlawed until the patent ran out.
Thanks, confirmed this weekend tag on a brand new jacket says made in chinka.
Paul you live and race in FLA and you bought a BLACK Firesuit You Nuts.
3.2A/1 3 seconds until a 2nd degree burn
3.2A/5 9 seconds until a 2nd degree burn
3.2A/15 30 seconds until a 2nd degree burn
3.2A/20 40 seconds until a 2nd degree burn
This made me rethink my safety. My 10 second car doesn't require I wear fire pants but I wear them anyway, just in case.
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