As a scuba diver, you know that maintaining your dive gear is of the utmost importance. Your dive gear is what keeps you safe and comfortable in the underwater world as you enjoy your passion. There is a lot of different pieces of dive gear to maintain, and some of this dive gear is made of stainless steel. This article will address a commonly asked question about maintaining stainless steel dive equipment.
Why does my stainless steel dive equipment look as though it is rusting?
Stainless steel is more resistant to rust and stains than other types of steel. What looks like rust is actually surface corrosion.
Many scuba divers enjoy diving in the ocean to observe incredible reefs and wrecks. Dive training commonly occurs in swimming pools because they are more of a controlled environment. Both of these environments are more harsh on dive gear than fresh water alone because of salt and chlorine, which both have chlorides in them. Corrosion occurs when chlorides attack the protective chromium oxide layer of stainless steel.
The best way to prevent corrosion is to rinse all of your dive equipment thoroughly in fresh water after use in salt water or chlorinated water. Keeping stainless steel's protective chromium oxide layer intact is what prevents corrosion.
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We hope this article was helpful to you in maintaining your stainless steel dive equipment for as long as possible. Happy diving!