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    wetsuit repair

    I've tried Aquaseal, Neo Rez, liquid tape, all crap. Have a few small tears, and holes in 5mm gloves...

    Many years ago had stuff in an orange can that was the BEST - can't find it anywhere.

    Know anything that actually works?

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    I had a tear in the palm of one of my 5m gloves. I used neorez on both the inside and the outside. I turned the glove inside out, I used a patch of material I cut from an old cotton t-shirt. I put the neorez into the hole. then put the the cotton square over the hole and totally covered the area with neorez, just a large amount. let that dry.
    then I turned the glove right side out and used a fine sandpaper and scruffed up the area. I then covered the aread with just the neorez. the glove is sealed airtight now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfootr View Post
    Many years ago had stuff in an orange can that was the BEST - can't find it anywhere.
    I think you're thinking about McNett Seal Cement. It is a neoprene cement that's very good for repairs like tears and seams, where you're trying to put bare edges back together. Also holds a patch well. But the can is red, so I'm not sure if that's what you're talking about.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Feb 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM.

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    dental floss

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    my new wetsuit got mauled by a dog and i stitched it with floss. i lost the wetsuit so i dunno how long it wouldhave lasted but it did work for a season

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    it still leaked though now that im thinking about it.. it was on the back part like midback

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    Quote Originally Posted by beagleagle View Post
    it still leaked though now that im thinking about it.. it was on the back part like midback
    Next time try sewing the tear back together AND sealing the tear with the wetsuit goop. The thread provides the strength to the repiar, and the goop will keep it watertight. I've had pretty good luck with that method of repairing large tears. BTW, ive never used dentil floss...just heavy duty black thread.

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    I would advise against using regular thread on a repair. It sometimes can have a "cheese cutter" effect and will pull through the stitch holes...then you are really screwed. I use dental floss now which works great because its a thicker diameter thread.

    Amazing Goop works pretty well to join seams also. Its contact cement without a "wetsuit approved" stamp on it, so naturally its much cheaper than the same crap the surfshop has.

    Silicone caulk, believe it or not, can work well as a liquid taping for seams after you stitch them. Just make sure to make a flat bead on a DRY suit, and sort of force the product into the neoprene.

    Iron Mend works great for taping seams, but will not really adhere to rubber/shark skin chest plates and the like. Best to use it only on nylon-backed neoprene.

    Also, the best method out there is getting professionals to fix the problem. I've sent wetsuits and booties/gloves back to the company and they've fixed or replaced them at no cost to me other than shipping it to them. This even works after a warranty period is over. Hyperflex and Rip Curl really stand behind their products.

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    has anyone tried using flex seal? idk if you've seen that infomercial where the guy replaces the bottom of a boat with a screen door but the flex seal makes it water tight. that looks like serious stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudeman View Post
    Amazing Goop works pretty well to join seams also...

    Silicone caulk, believe it or not, can work well as a liquid taping for seams after you stitch them. Just make sure to make a flat bead on a DRY suit, and sort of force the product into the neoprene.
    All really good advice, dudeman... For a while there I was using aquarium calk.. really clear and expensive.. from the aquarium store. Then the guy told me all it is is 100% clear silicone calk... the stuff you can get in the hardware store.

    And that was that...

    But that's what I'll use if there's a chunk missing, to fill the void. Then a patch or no patch, depending on the damage.