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Old 26 February 2007, 09:55   #1
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Drysuit repair

Hi guys,

I just picked up a nice Typhoon drysuit from eBay... fits perfectly. The only problem I've got is that the neoprene neck seal is a little bit too loose.

Now, the seal is in two parts that are glued and taped together. I was wondering, can I just pull the tape off, and trim out a small wedge section, reglue it and retape it?

If so, what glue would you recommend? For my wetsuit I use "Black Witch", will that be OK?

The wrist seals are the same... although they have litterally fallen apart at the join... is there any reason why I can't just glue and stick the old tape back on over the top (the tape goes under the fabric of the drysuit).

Thanks a lot,

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Old 26 February 2007, 10:07   #2
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Have a look below for some repair options.

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Old 26 February 2007, 14:21   #3
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In my experience (of diving drysuits) seal repair is rarely successful. Replacing the seals is not usually expensive, and particularly if they are neoprene, a new set will give you many years of useful service. If however, you are determined to repair, black witch is good stuff for neoprene.

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Old 27 February 2007, 21:38   #4
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All neoprene seals? Any contact cement should work fine.

If they're latex seals, you need to look at the reason they fell apart in the first place. Latex starts rotting pretty easily, and once compromised, it pretty much needs to be replaced.

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Old 28 February 2007, 07:53   #5
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When replaing neck or wrist seals it is best to stick onto the seal at the join of the drysuit to get a good contact, so the new seal is infact attached to the original.

You normally turn it inside out and place over a large item, ie drain piping or similar.

If all else fails either send it off or find someone to do it for you, I know Trident do it.
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