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Old 18 September 2012, 14:42   #1
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drysuit seal replacement

have bought a little diy project for my son

a typhoon alpha drysuit in need of tlc

anyone got any tips on seal replacement ( I think they are laytex), ie where to buy them, how to do it, what glue to use (is bostik 2402 ok?)etc

any advice gratefully received
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have bought a little diy project for my son

a typhoon alpha drysuit in need of tlc

anyone got any tips on seal replacement ( I think they are laytex), ie where to buy them, how to do it, what glue to use (is bostik 2402 ok?)etc

any advice gratefully received
Yea skin flint ain't your son worth a new one
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As Tony said look after your kids should have got him a BS
But any good dive shop will sell the seals but by the time you av burgered about you might as well av got a new one.

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XS 400 - and you thought they were called the BS Gang because of their suits

It's a cheap repair - any diver with latex seals has to replace them every couple of years - more often if he's hamfisted. If the suit is sound, trashing it because of seals would be like scrapping your car 'cos the tyres are worn.

Here - this is what you need, or similar from the UK.

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Neck seals can be tricky to replace without making a mess. Any dive shop should be able to do those though.
Wrist seals are much more suited to DIY at home. Having a cone shape which fits the sleeve end is a huge help. Wine bottle wrapped in a towel to fill out the shape are crude but effective.
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thanks willk and captain jack!

i find the comment about my son being worth it offensive
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There are instructions in that very cheap kit. I seem to remember people using soft drink bottles as forms for the sleeves. Maybe large plastic tubs or small buckets for the neck. You prepped the material, placed the new seal in the right position and then peeled it back, applied the adhesive and rolled it back down with your fingers in the fold. Something like that.

It's simple. There are ladies who can do it in the dark for 50
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A good tip if you are replacing latex seals especially the neck one is to mark the front /Back & shoulder or quarter positions on the seal & suit with chalk /crayon as a guide, though it's not imperative
that way when you adhere it to the suit you get the spacing correct and lined up , otherwise you can go around sticking it down and then get to the end and have a load of excess left !
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A good tip if you are replacing latex seals especially the neck one is to mark the front /Back & shoulder or quarter positions on the seal & suit with chalk /crayon as a guide, though it's not imperative
that way when you adhere it to the suit you get the spacing correct and lined up , otherwise you can go around sticking it down and then get to the end and have a load of excess left !
top tip. like that!
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There are ladies who can do it in the dark for 50
Expensive round your way...there's ladies (?) in Atherstone who'll do it for a pint o Guinness and it doesn't have to be dark
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