© Informed Consent
Not sure if I'm really into latex but thought I'd give it a go. Bought a simple inexpensive black T-shirt at LAM, tried it and quite like it. I have also read about chlorination, which makes latex slippery so it can be used without talc or lube. Seemed like a good idea so time for some DIY.
This paper by Gord was on the Catalyst Latex site: http://www.catalystlatex.com/site/services/chlor... and this note based on Gord's paper is on rubberist.net: http://www.rubberist.net/forums/showthread.php?9...
I decided to use quantities and method from the 2nd paper, largely because I had the chemicals to hand. I'm confident with handling strong acids and other chemicals so I wasn't too worried. I wore eye protection, a lab coat and elbow length heavy duty chemical resistant gloves. I worked outdoors in a position where I could easily retreat if things got out of hand.
I expected to be greeted by a gas attack from the Western Front but in fact smelt very little chlorine at all. Almost disappointing. Didn't bother with the neutralisation procedure, a bit of bleach down the drain won't hurt anything unless you're on septic tank rather than mains drainage. I rinsed the T-shirt thoroughly both inside and out.
Before treatment I washed the T-shirt using warm water and washing up liquid. This was to remove any grease etc that could hinder the chlorination. I also wiped down a few shiny looking patches with isopropyl alchohol in the hope of removing any bits of silicone or other treatment that might have been left. Silicones can cling very tenaciously to all sorts of surfaces and removing the last residues can be difficult.
It's now hanging up to dry and will need to be turned inside out again to dry it thoroughly. I'll report back when I find out if it is nice and slippery.