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Tom A 15th January 2007 03:19 PM

Wetsuit Repairs
Not really a Starboard query but can anyone recommend the best way to repair tears in a wetsuit? Bought a brand new winter wetsuit on Saturday and put a nail through the inner side of one of the calves the first time I tried it on, muppet!!! I've seen various glues on the market and also something called a neo-patch that you iron on but don't know which is best.

Any advice would be much appreciated


Jean-Marc 16th January 2007 12:18 AM

RE: Wetsuit Repairs

Bring it to a sail repair shop. Close the hole with neoprene glue and stitch a patch of expandable fabric cloth both on the inside and outside to cover the hole. The neo-patch you can iron onto don't hold well with time, however.

Cheers !


RonnieS 16th January 2007 04:55 AM

RE: Wetsuit Repairs

they are the UK experts! did a great job on my rotted Neil Pryde weytsuit shoulders

Ronnie S

Roger 17th January 2007 12:54 PM

RE: Wetsuit Repairs
Hi Tom,
If it's just a small tear, get some O'Neill wetsuit cement.
It comes in a small can, and if you get the suit really dry, it will permanently glue small tears in non-stressed areas (like the leg) back together with no reinforcements.
If you want to reinforce it, a curved rug needle (get it at the grocery store in a small "needle kit" and dental floss can be used to sew it back together after you stick it back together with the O'Neill neoprene cement.
Then coat both the inside and outside with a thin layer of the neo cement and you'll have a permanent and sealed repair.
You can get the "neo cement" from any O'neill wetsuit retailer.
Hope this helps,

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